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A 62-year-old female asked:

after spinal surgery for a herniated disc at l4-l5 and l5-s1 how long will it take for foot numbness to go away?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Good Question: If it was recent you have to wait until swelling goes down. Everyone heals at a different rate and some never get rid of the numbness but there are treatments and medication to take like neurontin (gabapentin). Talk to your spinal surgeon.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
Upto 1.5 years: The compressed injured nerve may take up to 1.5 years to come back if it does as at all. Herniated disc surgery is good at relieving pain from the herniation, ok at relieving numbness and 50-50 at allowing return of any associated muscle weakness.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Months: For many patients, the numbness resolves . However, it can take several months. In a smaller percentage it persists but tends to be less bothersome over time.

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Last updated Nov 9, 2018

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