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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 
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