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Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica & left SI joint pain for 2 mos. Drs want discectomy. How likely would PT and time make nerve and joint pain go away?

Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica & left SI joint pain for 2 mos. Drs want discectomy. How likely would PT and time make nerve and joint pain go away?

Depends on the case: Sometimes PT and other conservative therapy is enough to fix S1 radiculopathy. It's common for this to be recommended. If your MRI film shows obvious impingement, it may be therapy will not help though. When walking is affected, the reflexes are absent (ankle reflex here) and there is a lot of pain, if the MRI shows herniating disc material it is probably better to have the procedure. ...Read more

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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It's my 4 weeks and 1 day after L5 s1 discectomy, i want to ride a bike as a part of my exercise do you think i can?

It's my 4 weeks and 1 day after L5 s1 discectomy, i want to ride a bike as a part of my exercise do you think i can?

Ask YOUR doctor: It should be fine. But, you're asking the wrong source. I wasn't there at your surgery to know if something looked abnormal. I would almost guarantee that if you just call, you doc would get an answer to you quickly. My patients i allow back once pain allows and not taking meds. Avoid bend/twist/lift for 2-3 months as much as reasonable. ...Read more

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Just had L4-5 L5-S1 discectomies .am now pain free...what can I do to Stay pain free?

Just had  L4-5 L5-S1 discectomies .am now pain free...what can I do to Stay pain free?

Pain free: after successful discectomy I would recommend several things. Stay physically active. Abdominal strengthening exercises should be done with supervision initially. Make sure your Vitamin D and Calcium levels are adequate. Be sure to adhere to any restriction (lifting) you have been given. Do not twist laterally when picking things up. Vitamins A and C, Zinc and methionine are import after surgery. ...Read more

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I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

Microdiscectomy: It is possible that a residual or recurrent disc herniation could cause persistent pain - an MRI with/without contrast would document this. Also, unfortunately there are also cases in which the nerve has already sustained permanent damage, so even if a microdiscectomy is technically successful and without complications, the nerve damage may not be reversible. ...Read more

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I'm 23 years old; had a discectomy on my L5 - S1. Is it normal to have a partial to full erection for a few days after the procedure? Can't control it

I'm 23 years old; had a discectomy on my L5 - S1. Is it normal to have a partial to full erection for a few days after the procedure? Can't control it

See Doc soon ...: If your penile erection has persisted for a few days, you have developed so-called priapism, which requires urgent attention to sort out what might have caused it, such as some drugs affecting central nerve system. Surgery itself very unlikely causes persistent erection. More detail? Ask urologist... ...Read more

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I've had 2 surgeries on l5/s1, first through the back discectomy then a fusion through the front. What poss complications can I hv during pregnancy?

I've had 2 surgeries on l5/s1, first through the back discectomy then a fusion through the front. What poss complications can I hv during pregnancy?

Not much : If your fusion is solid you should be ok with your pregnancy. As you gain weight you may be more prone to back aches or disk problems at l4-5 so stay in shape if ok with your obgyn. Also because of scar tissue an epidural at the time of delivery may be difficult and if you need a c section your scar may not heal as well or a hernia can develop since they went from a similar approach for fusion. ...Read more

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I recently had a discectomy L5 s1 about ten days ago iam still having severe sciatica pain shooting down through my leg how long should I expect this level of pain?

I recently had a discectomy L5 s1 about ten days ago iam still having severe sciatica pain shooting down through my leg how long should I expect this level of pain?

3 months: Surgery will remove the disc so it will not heal normally but can result in reduction in pain and resolving any lasting nerve damage due to the disc herniation. Healing can take up to 3 months. Healing on its own will take time and may keep the integrity of the disc intact which may be the best at keeping the disc as normal as possible. Healing on its own can take up to 6-9 months or longer. ...Read more

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