A 45-year-old member asked:
what do you suggest if i had a discectomy around three weeks ago and still have pain, should i be feeling better/different?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
That depends on : Several factors for lumbar surgery. Smokers have high failure rates. Also, if back pain was predominant symptom over leg pain then higher failure rate. For most patients with predominantly leg symptoms with positive findings on examination that match Imaging studies, this surgery should have a 99-95% success rate. By 3 weeks you should be feeling better so if not improving talk to your surgeon.
Answered on May 26, 2014
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