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Getting Back to School

I am 18 years old and I am having a surgery that is something like an L5-S1 microdiscectomy/microdecompression on March 26. I have suffered from sciatica for almost two and a half years and after countless doctors appointments a surgeon has agreed that it is time for surgery. I am doing my surgery right before spring break hoping that I won't miss too much school as I go to a very academically rigorous school and missing more than a week will be terrible to make up. I was wondering if anyone has an estimate on how long it will be before I am able to go back to school. Also my senior prom is two weeks after my surgery and I was wondering if I would be better in time to show up. I won't be too torn up if I can't go, I was just wondering.

Another thing about my school is that it is on a schedule that is more similar to college than high school so we have frequent breaks between classes if that makes any difference in how long it will be before I can get back to it.

Thank you,



  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    What has the surgeon's office provided in terms of recovery information? They're the best source. Personally I don't know if one week is enough. No matter how well you plan stuff can happen to lengthen your recovery.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    edited 02/18/2015 - 1:07 PM
    You will be sitting so much in school and all that added pressure on a disc that might not be healed after surgury. Be careful
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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