What Is the Average Recovery Time After an L5 S1 Discectomy?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 9, 2020 11:47:45 AM ET

Recovery time following L5 S1 discectomy occurs gradually, and most patients return to sedentary work within two to four weeks or physical labor in about four to eight weeks, explains WebMD. Walking around frequently in the first few weeks helps prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue.