Back problems and returning to work

Patient

Q: In january of 2009 i had lumbar surgery for a pintched nerve and ruptured disk.now i have to get surgery for a herniated disk. will it be safe for me to continue working.

Doctor

A:   Whether you will be able to continue working depends on the outcome of the surgery and the type of work you do. Herniated disk surgery usually goes very well and patients can return to their normal activites after a relatively short recovery period.

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