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How long are you numb for after having a discectomy?

How long are you numb for after having a discectomy?

Long: Numbness may take a long time to resolve, if ever. Some people continue to have some residual numbness that never completely goes away. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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How long are you numb after a discectomy?

Depends: This is variable. Even though pain relief is achieved after decompressing the nerves by removing disc material, sometimes the nerve takes time to recover, if at all & the recovery could be partial or total from immediately to never. Most are going to get maximum recovery in 6 months but it could occur over years. Less likely if a neuropathy present or if a diabetic. ...Read more

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Week 2 of lumbar discectomy. How long for numbness to ease off of leg and when can I take a bath instead of a shower?

Week 2 of lumbar discectomy. How long for numbness to ease off of leg and when can I take a bath instead of a shower?

Need sealed incision: Soaking in a tub requires a completely sealed incision, so ones surgeon should inspect it to give the ok. The time required for paresthesia (numbness) to resolve is variable; factors influencing this include the degree of pressure upon the spinal cord or its nerve roots and the duration of the compression. ...Read more

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Pins, needles and numbness after chiari operations and cervical discectomy. Is this normal?

Clarification: 1. After cervical discectomy some times the nerve root can be irritated or recover from compression to cause pins/needle sensation. 2. Chiari decompression usually will not cause pins/needle sensation in arms/legs, unless severe compression of the brain stem/or associated syrnix was noted in the initial mri. ...Read more

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Pins, needles and numbness after cervical discectomy. Is this a big deal?

Pins, needles and numbness after cervical discectomy. Is this a big deal?

Not necessarily: Cervical discectomy is most commonly performed for pain refractory to nonoperative treatment. However, neurologic symptoms are also common. If numbness(medical term is paresthesias), or tingling was present prior to the operation, it may persist indefinitely. If the paresthesias are in the same distribution as the preoperative pain, it may represent residual from the initial problem. ...Read more

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What can I do about pins, needles, and numbness after a chiari operation and cervical discectomy?

What can I do about pins, needles, and numbness after a chiari operation and cervical discectomy?

Further workup: Your options depend on the location of the pins/needles sensation, your symptoms before your chiari surgery, the severity of the chiari, and the operation on your cervical spine. You should start with your family md for an evaluation and they can do a workup. You could then be referred to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for examination and discussion of your findings/options. ...Read more

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I had a discectomy L5s1 now I have mild stenosis and a slite bulge on my L4 I get pain and numbness from the waist down my doc says he doesn't no why?

I had a discectomy L5s1 now I have mild stenosis and a slite bulge on my L4 I get pain and numbness from the waist down my doc says he doesn't no why?

Your ? has the answer: Surgery for the lumbar spine is not considered curative.At best it halts or slow down the progression of degeneration of the spine temporarily. When you stated "now I have mild stenosis and a slite bulge on my L4" this undoubtedly serves as the basis of some of your symptoms.In some patients these changes in the spine are asymptomatic in your case an EMG, thorough eval and imaging are recommended. ...Read more

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34 y/o f strongly recommended for cervical discectomy & fusion. Herniation of c6/7. Weakness, numb & tingling in r arm. Too young for this procedure?

No: If you have developed neurologic deficits from a cervical disc herniation, surgery is reasonable. Your deficits determines the appropriateness of surgery more so than your age. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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The tip of my middle finger on my left hand feels numb. I had Intervertebral Discectomy done on Dec 29, 2015. Could it be related?

The tip of my middle finger on my left hand feels numb.  I had Intervertebral Discectomy done on Dec 29, 2015.  Could it be related?

Is it neck level ?: Level of surgery is important , possible may be related if it is cervical discectomy , bring to the attention of your doctor will evaluate if it is related to surgery or not. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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