I had a Microdiscectomy and Laminectomy 2 weeks ago on L5-S1. I had an MRI done about 3 weeks before surgery which showed 3 bulging discs and the 1 herniated disc L5-S1, the MRI report also states degenerative disc disease (which I am assuming is just a general term for these type of injuries) and a variety of other things (the report is a page long).
Anyway, bit of background, the herniation occurred at work (wrestle--offender etc etc). I am a Police Officer of 4 years. I am 27 years old, played sports my entire life (rugby growing up then progressed into BJJ, Muay Thai, MMA, boxing). I would say I am quite fit (even with the herniation I was running 10KM/Day).
I apologize if this question has been asked a few times before, but I am wondering if there are any other Police on here that have had same surgery and have returned to work (on the road) after 5 weeks?
I have been given about another 4 weeks until I see the surgeon and he says yes or no whether I go straight back into work, full duties.
I feel fine at the moment, walking 5KM twice a day. Not pushing it, for me that's with no pain. Walking for me doesn't hurt, but bending at the hips does slightly.
I have decided to give up MMA as the thought of a takedown session make me cringe. I may just limit myself to boxing as I am thinking that would be fine once I heal.
My main concern is doing doing more damage to the disc when I go back to work. It is my understanding that quite a portion of disc was removed during surgery.
Any people on here that are Police or Military or similar jobs where they have returned to work full duties shortly after surgery?
I understand everyone is different and others may have a completely different experience to me.