Just wondering what problems nurses have had going back to work after lumbar microdiscectomy. I am 3 weeks post L5-S1 microdiscectomy and will see my neurosurgeon next week for follow up. My job as a nurse involves direct patient care with much bending, pushing and assisting patients to the restroom with IV pumps attached. I don't know if I will be able to go back to this 4 weeks after surgery. I still have pain in right hip, hamstring, calf and lateral side of my foot. Numbness in my foot is still causing me to have trouble walking. I am just not sure what my doctor will tell me and my supervisor is wanting me to come back asap. Anyone out there who can tell me about how long you were disabled?