Make an enquiry to see
how we can help you
020 8088 1222

Have you previously had a slipped disc or spine surgery for it? How can you prevent a recurrence?

As a spine surgeon, who does a lot of revision work, I've seen many patients who have had a slipped disc and required surgery to alleviate their pain. However, there is a misconception that surgery is the end-all solution to back pain or leg pain caused by a slipped disc. In fact, there is a 5% risk of it happening again and so there are steps you can take to avoid a recurrence of a slipped disc after surgery.

Back pain

Find out more about my one-stop clinic and spine care packages.

First, let's review what causes a slipped disc. Your spine is made up of vertebrae that are separated by soft, rubbery discs. When a disc slips out of place, it can press on the nerves in your spine, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in your legs or arms. A slipped disc can occur due to age-related wear and tear, lifting heavy objects incorrectly, or sudden movements.

Back pain

If you've had surgery to correct a slipped disc, it's important to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully. Whilst rest and proper healing time are crucial for your body to heal and recover after surgery, I generally advise against lying around all day or slouching on the sofa. You should also continue with physical therapy to strengthen your back muscles and improve your posture.

Find out more about my one-stop clinic and spine care packages.

In addition to these steps, there are several other things you can do to avoid a recurrence of a slipped disc after surgery:

Back pain
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts additional stress on your back, which can exacerbate back pain and lead to a recurrence of a slipped disc. Losing weight can reduce your risk of developing back pain. This is difficult to achieve with exercise alone, if you are in pain. So we work with dieticians and nutritionists who can help you.
  2. Practice good posture Sitting or standing with poor posture can increase the strain on your back muscles and cause a slipped disc. Make sure to sit and stand with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
  3. Exercise regularly Regular exercise can help strengthen the muscles that support your spine, reducing the risk of another slipped disc. Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, and cycling are great options.
  4. Lift objects properly When lifting objects, always use proper lifting techniques. Bend your knees and keep your back straight, and use your leg muscles to lift the object, not your back.
  5. Consider pain management options If you're experiencing pain after surgery, talk to your surgeon about pain management options. There are many non-invasive options, such as physical therapy and pain medication, that can help alleviate your pain without resorting to surgery.

Find out more about my one-stop clinic and spine care packages.

Back pain

At The Spine MDT, our mission is to find the least invasive treatment that offers the longest lasting result. We work with affiliate partners in all disciplines of back pain and spine care, including physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and pain specialists. Together we have formed care packages to provide our patients with comprehensive care.

Find out more about my one-stop clinic and spine care packages.

If you've had a slipped disc and are experiencing recurring pain, we can help. Me and my team of spine experts can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.

Where I Work



BMI - Chelsfield Park Hospital
Private Consultations and Surgery

Bucks Cross Rd, Chelsfield,
Orpington BR6 7RG

Call: 01689 877855


Spire - Hartswood - Brentwood
Private Consultations and Surgery

Eagle Way, Warley,
Brentwood CM13 3LE

Call: 01277 508161


BMI - London Independent Hospital

1 Beaumont Square,
London E1 4NL

Whilst surgery is carried out here for complex cases no consultations are held here.

Remote Video Consultations

The video consultation platforms (MS Teams and Zoom) have been set up by the hospitals to ensure your security and ease of use. The appointment staff will help you in setting up these consultations.

© 2023 A.G. Neurosurgery Limited. All Rights Reserved. Web Smart Media