When can I return to work after minimally invasive surgery?

One of the most commonly asked questions that we hear on a daily basis is: when can I return to work? You’ve been living with pain, unable to enjoy your daily activities. Now that you have committed to finding relief, it is our goal to get you back to the life you love–as quickly and safely as possible. Most of our patients are back up and walking the same day of their procedure, and can return to work within just a few days to weeks. Depending on your specific procedure, conditions and type of work, you may be able to return in as little as a few days or one week.

At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, we are dedicated to only offering the safest and most effective procedures available. Our experienced surgeons are fellowship trained and experts in our minimally invasive techniques, which means you will receive exceptional care while you’re with us. We know that getting back to your daily activities is important, which is why we’ve put together this timeline to help you understand how quickly you will be able to get back to work postoperatively.

Step one: Your Consultation

The first step of your journey with us at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute is your consultation. Your consultation can occur in a number of different forms. For our patients who are local to one of our centers, we encourage an in-person consultation with one of our skilled specialists. However, because a large number of patients travel to see us, we also offer a no cost review of your most recent MRI or CT.  Our patient care coordinators will work with you and communicate with  our spine specialists via telephone and email to make a preliminary treatment recommendation.

During your office consultation, your specialist will examine you and discuss your pain and symptoms, a copy of your most recent MRI or CT scan, and begin preliminary work with our Insurance Specialists to obtain your coverage and out of pocket costs for our procedures.

These topics can be covered in 1-5 short phone calls or meetings.

Step Two: Your Preoperative Testing

The time has come, you are finally ready to move forward with a minimally invasive procedure at one of our centers. Prior to your surgery, you will undergo preoperative testing. During this testing we will ensure that our course of treatment is going to provide you with optimal levels of relief.

Depending on your specific conditions, symptoms and lifestyle, this often includes a number of pain-mapping and diagnostic testing.

Step Three: Your Surgery

The time has come. It is finally time for your minimally invasive surgery at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute. On the day of your surgery, you will arrive at our center and be taken to your reoperative area. Here you will review your surgery one final time with our skilled medical staff, and prepare for your procedure.

Step Four:Your Postoperative Visit

After your surgery, you will return home or to your hotel for rest and recuperation. You will return to our facility for your postoperative visit, where our skilled doctors and nurses will review your recovery plan, incision, and answer any additional questions you may have.

Step Five: Back to The Life You Love

The final step is your journey to recovery. In most cases, our patients are up and walking out to dinner the same day as their procedure. You will have slight mobility restrictions as your body recovers, but will be able to get back to the life that you love in as little as one to two weeks.

Advantages of choosing the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Unlike other medical facilities, we offer both conservative and surgical treatment solutions. That allows us to strategically treat our patients throughout their entire journey. Before recommending surgery, our skilled medical professionals will craft a conservative treatment plan, ensuring that all possible opportunities for relief are explored.

Our minimally invasive procedures allow us to avoid the complications and disadvantages of traditional open surgeries. These include:

  • Smaller incision
  • Minimally blood loss
  • Outpatient procedures or a shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery

Contact Us

If you or someone you love is suffering from debilitating back or neck pain, do not wait to explore your options. Choosing minimally invasive surgery is the fastest way to finding the relief that you deserve. Contact us today for more information.

Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.