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How long does it take to recover from a bulging disc surgery?

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc as the source of your debilitating symptoms and weeks or months of conservative treatment has not offered relief, you may be wondering about the possibility of spine surgery. This is an important decision and every aspect of it should be considered carefully; from the type of surgery you undergo to the surgeon you choose to the recovery process.

One concern that most people looking into bulging disc surgery have is the length of the recovery period. This is obviously an important aspect of planning for spine surgery as patients want to know when they can reasonably expect to return to work, family duties or their favorite past times. The recovery time for spine surgery varies on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on factors such as the patient’s state of health, severity of the condition and the type of procedure being performed. For example, the minimally invasive procedures at USA Spine Care take a muscle-sparing approach to bulging disc surgery that offers patients a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open back surgery.*

Advantages of minimally invasive bulging disc surgery

At USA Spine Care, our minimally invasive decompression procedures offer patients the following:

  • A less than 1-inch incision
  • A streamlined outpatient procedure
  • 81 percent of our patients report returning to work within three months after surgery^
  • 88 percent of our patients report returning to daily activities within three months after surgery^

Patients with more severe disc degeneration may be recommended to undergo minimally invasive stabilization surgery, which is our outpatient alternative to traditional spinal fusion.

The USA Spine Care difference

Our entire team is passionate about delivering patient-centered care to every person who comes to us for pain relief. Since 2005, our board-certified surgeons have helped thousands of patients at our state-of-the-art outpatient centers across the United States. To learn more about our minimally invasive options for bulging disc surgery, contact us today.

We’re happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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