Immediately after the discectomy procedure, most will have some pain in and around the area of your operation, but the surgeon will ensure as little discomfort as possible. A very small number of people may experience difficulty passing urine after the operation. Usually this is simply a temporary disturbance of bladder function, but very rarely complications may cause the nerves to the legs or bladder to stop working so it’s important to tell the doctor and nurses immediately.
After surgery, you will be encouraged to get out of bed and walk as soon as the numbness wears off. You can use prescription medicines to control pain while you recover. You can slowly resume exercise and other activities. Depending on the amount of lifting, walking and sitting your day to day life involves, you may be able to return to work in two to six weeks
It is imperative that to complete the physical therapy as designated by the doctor to help ensure the best possible outcome from the discectomy.