I injured my back roughly 3 years ago and it blew out my L5-S1 disc when I was 24. The disc is extruded and is hitting my right side sciatic nerve. I have been living on Ibuprofen and Hydrocodone (sparingly/as needed) for the past 3 years or so. The pain has gone from bearable to unbearable at times due to the sciatic. I don't have a lot of back pain, it is usually just pain related to my sciatic nerve. My flexibility is completely gone in my right leg and I usually walk with a small limp. I did something a few weekends ago that really inflamed my nerve area and I had to go to the Emergency Department. They gave me a 10mg morphine injection, prednisone, hydrocodone, and methocarbomal. As of 4-5 months ago, I have decided to get surgery. My surgery is scheduled in less than 2 weeks.
I am seeing a neurosurgeon in the Plano, TX area that has been voted as one of America's Top Neurosurgeons year after year by the American Way magazine and in 2011 Newsweek named him as one of the top 15 leaders in neurosurgery. He has performed surgery on several athletes and pro-body builders.
He said that the surgery would relieve my pain, but I would have to be very careful not to reherniate the disc.
At my age (I am pretty healthy) and going to an experienced neurosurgeon, what should my recovery time be before I can go back to a desk job? .
Will I ever be able to be active again (basketball, rock climbing, jiu jitsu) without reherniating my disc?