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What should you expect after a discectomy from herniated disk in the back?

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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Goal: The goal should be relief of radiating leg pain.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Relief of leg pain: Mild to moderate back discomfort at insicion site.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
90% get success: 90% experience relief of their symptoms if a nonsmoker and leg pain is main complaint. If a smoker, obese and/or out of shape, this rate could be lower. In general, a return to all activities by 8 to 12 weeks post op. There is a 5% recurrence rate and about a 10% chance of developing back pain over time. There are risks of surgery that should be fully reviewed with you by your surgeon preop.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How successful is a discectomy for a herniated disk?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
90-95%: As long as leg pain is predominant or only pain and imaging studies reveal a disc herniation compressing the nerve consistent with your symptoms and exam findings are positive and surgery done after nonop care fails but not waiting too long allowing secondary changes to affect compressed nerve, successful outcome 90-95%.

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