After being told by a neurosurgeon that he could do a discectomy and not getting any warm fuzzies, I saw a orthopedic/neuro surgeon who diagnosed not just a herniated disc but grade II spondylolisthesis at L4-L5. I am scheduled for discectomy/laminectomy and TLIF on July 29th. It will be minimally invasive. My question is - will I be ready to return to work on Aug. 18th? That's just 2.5 weeks post op. Classes start the following week. At work I am on my feet all day and bend over my students' desks.