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Planning for Your Return

Get Well Soon

Helping you to make a speedy recovery after a slipped disc operation

Planning for your return

Talk to your Occupational Health service or GP to work out when and how is best for you to return to work.

Depending on the nature of your job, you might want to ask your employer about returning to work on lighter duties at first. This means:

  • Spending more time sitting rather than standing or walking
  • Doing work that is mostly paperwork, using a computer or telephone
  • Not carrying more than around 5kg any significant distance
  • Avoiding tasks such as prolonged loading or unloading, packing or unpacking.

If you have an HR Department at work, they will be able to advise you on how your absence might affect any benefits you may be receiving during your time off.

Depending on the nature of their job, some people who’ve had a discectomy find that they need to be redeployed into a role which is less strenuous - particularly if their job demands a lot of heavy lifting, driving or potentially violent situations. If you think this redeployment may be the best option for you, talk to your workplace Occupational Health Service.

3 Golden rules for a speedy recovery:
  • Stay active
  • Keep a normal daily routine
  • Keep social contact with people


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