Return-to-play outcomes after microscopic lumbar diskectomy in professional athletes.
Microscopic lumbar discectomy (MLD) is an effective treatment for a herniated disc (HNP). Eighty to ninety percent of the athletes will return to sport after this intervention. However, how long it takes to return is not investigated yet. The aim of this study is to determine average time for returning to sport and success in returning in professional athletes undergoing (MLD).
A total of 85 professional athletes were treated with MLD. Of these athletes 89,3% returned to sports. The chance of returning to sports is 50% after 3 months, 72% after 6 months, 77% after 9 months and 84% after 12 months. The average time to return to sport after MLD is 5,8 months. > From: Watkins et al., Am J Sports Med 40 (2012) 2530-2535. All rights reserved to The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
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