Sorry to hear that man. I know exactly how you’re feeling. I had mine done by Dr. Frank Castillon of the North Dallas area. The micro-discectomy is a minor operation and has an 85% success rate. I think it will take a lot longer than 4-10 weeks to get back to full function with all of the atrophy of the multifidi/rotatores. At least thats what every doctor/sports therapist told me.
How exactly did you hurt it? Was it actually playing football, or in the weight room? Do you have any nerve pain yet?
I was looking at that site yesterday. If I could go back in time, I would have had the AccuraScope done. If you get the microdiscectomy done, you will already be doing 2 weeks of bed rest, and you have to wait 8 weeks before you can start doing light physical therapy. It will be very hard to try to come back to play football after 8 weeks of atrophy and lost training time.
Teammates in Baltimore have come back to playing in as little as 5-6 weeks. Charles Tillman of the Bears is expected to play in the season opener after having the procedure done two weeks ago. These were all microdiscectomy procedures. I think a lot depends on the severity of the herniation and the level of therapy available to the athlete.
It’s pretty straight forward, no structural issues or anything. The bulge is going out to the left and affecting my sciatic nerve. I have full motor control and no loss of strength in the limb. I’ll recovery quickly and be better than ever.
The concept of the AccuraScope is alluring and I’ll talk with a few physicians to determine whether I’ll do that or the microdiscectomy.
Still waiting on Charlie’s input, I know he has mentioned some Dr.'s that he liked in the past.
Surgery is set for Sept. 3 with Dr. Lieberman in Weston, FL. According to him, I’ll be able to begin exercising in 3 weeks and should be ready to return to the field in 6 weeks. I’m actually excited to get this fixed and be able to perform like I know I can.
I had three herniated discs long ago. Did not have surgery. I’m guessing you are now much more fit than I was when I did mine. You will recover. You will probably be stronger and better conditioned as a result of your desire to keep your spine healthy. Good luck.
Ronnie Lott could not afford to rest, so he cut off his finger to keep playing. But this is your spine, not a finger. Your drive to excel is (probably) one reason you are in the great position you find yourself. Don’t let your drive put you in a bad position. I regret all those times I “warmed up” with loads that should have been work sets. I am certain that many on the board were at one time “bullet proof”. One year from now, would you rather be the guy who tried to come back too early or the guy who made a great comeback? Don’t forget the tale of the Old Bull and the Young Bull. This old fart is done giving advice. Good luck. Seriously.
I would strongly suggest contacting Charlie and seeing if you can work with him for a week or two when you’re ready to get back into training. Charlie’s primary specialty these days seems to be repairing athletes, particularly football players. I spent one week with him a fews years ago and the benefit was nothing short of amazing. It’s mind blowing what he can do in just a week. And that was with little old me. It was the best investment I have ever made in my training.