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What is the recovery time for a back surgery on a herniated disk?

What is the recovery time for a back surgery on a herniated disk?

It depend: As you know we have so many operation for herniated disc. It take about 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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How do I no if i need back surgery from herniated disc?

How do I no if i need back surgery from herniated disc?

Ortho: A decision for or against disc surgery needs to be reached by an orthopedic specialist, after a thorough review and examination. Pros and cons need to be discussed with you so an informed decision can be reached. ...Read more

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What to do when you have pain urinating when you have had a back surgery from a previous herniated disc?

What to do when you have pain urinating when you have had a back surgery from a previous herniated disc?

See your doctor: It's probably a urinary tract infection. If you can't control your urine or bowel habits, then you should go to your local emergency room because that's a more serious complaint. ...Read more

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What should I know about having back surgery for a herniated disk?

What should I know about having back surgery for a herniated disk?

Conservative: Most patients with a diagnosis of disc herniation do not need surgery. Unless there are significant neurologic symptoms such as severe or progressive weakness, and bowel or bladder changes, non-op management for up to 8-12 weeks can sufficiently alleviate most patients. If symptoms do not get better or recur, then properly indicated surgery should help. ...Read more

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How painful is it ?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

How painful is it ?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

Not awful: People with a really bad radiculopathy often wake up from surgery feeling better, happy to trade postoperative pain for the radicular pain. Patients typically go home same or next day with oral pain medications. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

What are the symptoms?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

Usually none except: Most disc surgeries are successful when done for primarily sciatic pain in a non smoker, 90-95%. There is usually some incisional pain based on the size of incision. There may or may not be some residual pain in the leg usually due to ongoing nerve irritation from its prior compression by the disc or by the manipulation during surgery. Sometimes, there can be residual neurologic symptoms ...Read more

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How will your back feel after lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

How will your back feel after lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

Usually just ...: Usually this is just incisional pain of up to 2 weeks duration.. If there was back pain equal to or worse than leg pain pre operatively, then you most likely will not get much improvement of your back pain & all bets are off if you are a smoker. However, about 10% of disc surgery patients can experience back pain due to ongoing degenerative changes in disc over time with a 5% risk of reherniation. ...Read more

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How much does it usually cost for back surgery to for bulging or herniated disk?

How much does it usually cost for back surgery to for bulging or herniated disk?

Back surgery: The cost for back surgery is typically higher in the hospital than in an outpatient surgical center. The cost for fusion surgery such as artificial disc replacement or intervertebral body fusion is much higher than a simple discectomy. If you are a cash paid patient, you should expect the global cost for 1 level lumbar spine surgery is between $20k to $30k. ...Read more

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31 yr old female, L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad

31 yr old female,  L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad

Varies: I would not hesitate to be seen. The vast majority of patients with disc herniation a do respond to nonoperative care, but a small percentage do require surgery, which in general is highly successful for the appropriate candidate. ...Read more

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Do i need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, i've been suffering for over 3 years now. I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica. It all started again 6 mont

Do i need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, i've been suffering for over 3 years now.  I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica.  It all started again 6 mont

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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My bf had back surgery because he had a bulging disk (5l) that herniated. We are ttc. Suggestions?

My bf had back surgery because he had a bulging disk (5l) that herniated. We are ttc. Suggestions?

TTC BACK SURGERY: If i understand ttc means trying to conceive, if thats is correct, than back surgery is not going to interfere with you getting pregnant, because of his condition, as long as he can have sex.If ttc foryou mean something else, still have agood time and write back again good luck. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

Weeks: Usually outpatient or less than 23 hours in hospital. Return to light work within a few weeks and return to heavy labor in 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes longer. ...Read more

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I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?

I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?

Back surgery: Recovery time could be 4-6 weeks or more depending on how extensive your surgery is. Every back is different, and your surgeon will determine whether you will benefit from just a microdiscectomy or whether you will require a more extensive laminectomy or even fusion. You should still be able to perform activities of daily living with necessary precautions. ...Read more

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Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Usually 6-10 weeks.: Usually 6-10 weeks. People heal in different time frames. During the healing process, i advise patients to avoid heavy lifting or strenuos activity. I do encourage them to begin a walking program. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time from surgery on a herniated disk?

Same day low back: A microdisectomy or a minimally invasive version are typically same day surgeries with return to all activities by 3 months for best results according to studies but most activities by 2 weeks depending on conditioning and health status. For cervical, this is usually done with a fusion but all activities around same time period as lumbar but no contact sports usually with a fusion, . ...Read more

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I had herniated disk surgery. My surgeon said I could go back to work in 3 weeks. I am a nurse aide at a nursing home. Is this a reasonable time .

Discuss with surgeon: Everybody is different in terms of rehab from such a surgery. It also depends upon the relative complexity of the procedure, any complications encountered, progress of patient through rehab, etc. If you are concerned about this time frame or the work you would be going back to then, I would discuss things with both your PMD as well as the surgeon. Make docs fully aware of your job duties. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says i need surgery so how long is recovery?

I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says i need surgery so how long is recovery?

Varies: Open discectomy a bit longer. In my practice i perform minimally invasive surgery whereby I use a 1.5-2 cm incision and dialate the muscles and use a tubular retractor (metrx). Back to work in 3-7 days, walking hours after surgery, no lifting greater than 25 lbs or axial loading maneuvers - jogging, squats, military press x 6 weeks. Folks with jobs that require significant manual labor- off 6 w. ...Read more

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Is the laser back surgery safer and less recovery time than open back surgery.wats the difference?

Is the laser back surgery safer and less recovery time than open back surgery.wats the difference?

Beware of Marketing: Gimmicks! The word "Laser" is used simply for the purpose of marketing, & drawing patients in, & not due to anything else. Laser is simply just a TOOL, not a procedure. To be able to use laser, one still has to make an incision, laser can then be used at the area of pathology if applicable pathology is present. It does not minimize the invasiveness of surgery if being performed by a well trained ...Read more

Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


Dr. Edward Hellman
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

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