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Dr. Mark Weston
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How long does it take to recover from surgery on a herniated disk?

Dr. Mark Weston
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How long does it take to recover from surgery on a herniated disk?

2-6weeks: Definition of recover vary leg pain improves within days muscular backache follows fo 6 weeks.Or longer. ...Read more

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Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is also known as Bulging disk. Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Linville II
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How long does it take to recover from herniated disk surgery on the neck?

Dr. Douglas Linville II
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How long does it take to recover from herniated disk surgery on the neck?

Quick: Arm pain is gone usually within days. Sore throat and swallowing probs disappear in first week or two in most. Healing allows light activities for most in first week or two. Brace discontinued immediately if short fusion and plate/screws used; 6 weeks later if no plate. Medium activities after 6 weeks. I allow heavy activities 3-6 months postop including contact sports. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Besides surgery, how can you take care of a herniated disk to minimize pain?

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Besides surgery, how can you take care of a herniated disk to minimize pain?

Several things: Medication can help. Adjust the way you do things (avoiding positions and movements that aggravate your pain, but still stay as active and "normal" as possible. If simple measures fail, an injection may be helpful. Ask your provider for options. ...Read more

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Dr. Nathan Holtzberg
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I have a L4-5 herniated disk with pinched nerve. Pain is ok with gabapentin. But I do not want to take medicine for ever. Should I go for surgery?

Dr. Nathan Holtzberg
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I have a L4-5 herniated disk with pinched nerve. Pain is ok with gabapentin. But I do not want to take medicine for ever. Should I go for surgery?

How about LESI's: There are sometimes others options prior to committing to surgery. Lumbar epidural steroid injections can often provide signicant relief. Sometimes to the point of avoiding surgery altogether. My reccomedation would be to consider this option, which is minimally invasive prior to surgery. It may significantly help and it does not "burn any bridges" if surgery eventually needs to be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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What is the recovery time from surgery on a herniated disk?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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What is the recovery time for a back surgery on a herniated disk?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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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. Robert McMurtrie
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If I had surgery for a herniated disk, will it return?

Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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If I had surgery for a herniated disk, will it return?

Unfortunately, yes.: Unlike wear and tear on knees, hips and shoulders, there are no adequate replacement parts for spines. Disc surgery only changes your spine but does not "fix" it. Even fusion surgery does not fix the problem, but only is an attempt to change the structure of your spine. The current "replacement discs" are not an adequate substitution for the original cushion. Be evaluated by a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexandre de Moura
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How soon could one return to work after herniated disk surgery?

Dr. Alexandre de Moura
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Quickly: For sedentary type work activities you could return within 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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When is surgery definitly needed for a herniated disk?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Definite indications: 2 indications are a disc herniation leading to myleopathy or cauda equina syndrome. A myleopathy is compression of the spinal cord leading to its dysfunction and cauda equina syndome is bowel/bladder control issues due to those nerves being compressed. Otherwise, disc surgery is for those who fail non op care or may be having intractable pain or a progressive deficit in terms of weakness. ...Read more

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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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Is it true that most people return to do the physical activities they love after a herniated disk surgery?

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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Yes it is: Yes after a discectomy surgery for herniated discs patients usually return to their usual activities following recovery from surgery. ...Read more

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