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How should I sleep after discectomy?

How should I sleep after discectomy?

However you like: There is no correct position to sleep in after a lumbar microdiscectomy. Whatever position is most comfortable to you. The more important aspect of sleep is how you get in and out of bed. Be sure not to strain or excessively twist your torso. ...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 should I sleep after a micro discectomy?

How should I sleep after a micro discectomy?

Whichever way that: Makes you the most comfortable. However you shouldn't sleep in sitting position. ...Read more

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Feel like throat closes when laying down is it sleep apnea. I've been snoring more too since c3-c4 discectomy w fusion a couple yrs ago?

Feel like throat closes when laying down is it sleep apnea. I've been snoring more too since c3-c4 discectomy w fusion a couple yrs ago?

Need a sleep study: Your description sounds like sleep apnea, but to get a well informed answer, you need to talk to your doctor about a sleep study. The study hopefully will provide the information necessary to determine if it is sleep apnea and what level...Snoring, mild, moderate or severe. There could be other health concerns that may need to be addressed. Don't hesitate. ...Read more

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I have back pain worsened by rest comfortable only by sleeping on stomach with pillow under hips. History of Crohn's and discectomy at L4, L5 . AS?

I have back pain worsened by rest comfortable only by sleeping on stomach with pillow under hips. History of Crohn's and discectomy at L4, L5 .  AS?

Complex situation.: From your description, it is hard to know if your back pain is mechanical in nature or is perhaps related to your Crohn's disease. And yes, ankylosing spondylitis is a potential diagnosis also, although it is more common in men. I feel you should be seen by your doctor. I don't think we can do more than guesss on here without more reliable data. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have pain 8 months after a discectomy? What kind of pain and what level is acceptable at this stage?

Is it ok to have pain 8 months after a discectomy? What kind of pain and what level is acceptable at this stage?

There is a 5-10% f: Failure rate especially if one is a smoker and if the back pain was more of a component than the leg pain suggesting that a fusion should have been done. In 1-2% of patients, nerve pain can develop related to post op changes. The rate of a recurrent disc herniation is 5%. Some studies suggest when surgery complicated by spinal fluid leak(1%risk) lower success rate as well. ...Read more

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I go to hosp tomorrow to be checked over after my discectomy 2 weeks ago that's left me in more pain on the other side of my body. What can I expect ?

I go to hosp tomorrow to be checked over after my discectomy 2 weeks ago that's left me in more pain on the other side of my body. What can I expect ?

Dr. checks healing: The doctor will check the surgery area to see if the healing looks usual for being 2 weeks out from the procedure (and that there's no infection nor excessive inflammation at the site). He'll assess the amount of pain and tenderness present, and make recommendations on the exercises and mobility allowed. Also, he'll look to see why the other side hurts, which could be from muscle, nerve, or both. ...Read more

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How long must I restrict activity after discectomy with fusion?

Recovery: The less invasive surgery is, the faster the recovery and the less chance of complications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to cycle after a discectomy?

Yes : Yes, exercise is important. Just the timing of when to resume exercise and sports as well as physical activities needs to be guided by your surgeon but by 12 weeks, you should be able to return to all activities. ...Read more

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Why does my back spasm after discectomy?

May be normal: Back spasm may be occurring as your body heals from surgery, especially if it was within the past several months. If you still have a pinched nerve root, or if you have a new disk herniation, these might also cause pain and spasms. Your best bet is to talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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