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I am having a discectomy on tuesday. What can I expect?

I am having a discectomy on tuesday. What can I expect?

Back soreness: I'm assuming here that you're having a lumbar microdiskectomy. You will experience some incisional soreness, low back aching and pain which is easily managed with medication. If you are experiencing leg pain and numbness, the pain should be better quickly afterward. Numbness takes longer. Rest is the key. No excessive activity. Ice pak on the back helps. You should improve quickly. Good luck. ...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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I am really congested and in for a discectomy on tuesday and i'm worried it might affect them being to operate as my carer this morning told me it might, advice anyone? Please. Thank you x

I am really congested and in for a discectomy on tuesday and i'm worried it might affect them being to operate as my carer this morning told me it might, advice anyone? Please. Thank you x

Wait: This is an elective surgery unless there are bowel/bladder control issues or a progressive weakness and you don't want any complications so discuss this with your primary care doc, your surgeon and the anesthesiologist. It could also be allergies but you want to minimize all risks. If you smoke and stop 6 weeks preop, your risks become the same as a non smoker. ...Read more

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If I have a L4 L5 discectomy could i return to classes in 1 week? Class length is 3 hours per day on tuesday and thursday and 1.5 hours mwf.

It should be ok if : You can get up or stand periodically for the next few weeks as sitting generates 4times your body weight across the discs of lower back. Get a note from your surgeon. ...Read more

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My husband had a discectomy on his neck tuesday. How long does the post-op pain last?

This can vary as to: The reason for the surgery as well as the type of surgery done. Other factors can also play a role, smokers have a high failure rate of any spine surgery. Surgery for just neck pain without any arm pain also has a lower success rate. In general, the actual post op pain for an anterior cervical disectomy and fusion resolves in 2 to 4 weeks for most patients. ...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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What to expect with TMJ discectomy?

Expect problems: Removing the disc in your TMJ is not a good idea and should be avoided if possible. This procedure not only places the joint in a compromised position, but will increase the possibility of arthritis and degenerative changes. I would seek other opinions. You might look up dr. Larry wolford in dallas and get his opinion. I wold not recommend doing this to anyone. ...Read more

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How long of a recovery time should I expect from discectomy surgery?

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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Diskectomy (Definition)

Diskectomy is also known as Discectomy. Surgical ...Read more