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Typical timeframe to full activity after microdiscectomy

I had L5/S1 microdiscectomy 8 weeks ago. I am feeling pretty good (pain free), although I can't run yet due to my drop foot and foot numbness which is taking a little longer to recover. At my 6 week visit, the surgeon said I could resume all physical activities (bike riding, running, lifting weights, martial arts, whatever I want). Basically, if I am going to reherniate from this point on, it would happen whether or not I am doing these activities. Is this a common philosophy for microdiscectomy post operation activities? Or is my surgeon on the aggressive side? I trust my surgeon, but I am having a hard time accepting the concept that my activities won't impact my chances to reherniate.



  • Seems a little on the aggressive side to me...
    I had a micro discectomy at the same level, and decompression at L4/L5 in March this year and have only just finished physio.
    I have been told in no uncertain terms, that I should always avoid lifting.
    I presume you have physio? I would ask for advice from them :)
  • I agree. Seems like too much. I mean, it's not him who will go thru the pain and consequences. If it were me, (and in a way it is) I would not subject the disc to the same stresses that caused it to herniate in the first place.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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