I went through a bunch of posts looking for answers but got tired of searching (and of course can ask my doctor) but figured I'd get them directly from the horses mouths!
I'm having a microdiscectomy next month on L5-S1.
When can you bend (put on shoes, bend in shower etc).
I live alone, how long should I expect to need help at home?
When can you lift (grocery bags, etc).
When can you drive?
Is a back brace necessary after surgery?
Is PT ALWAYS necessary after?
My doc said 1-2 weeks recovery which I KNOW isn't realistic because his nurse said 6-8 weeks. Not sure why he said that. He does the surgery with a very small incision and in his words "not horribly invasive". Maybe he has a new way of doing it?.....I'm sure there are more questions but this is it for now!
Thank you so much for any info.