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L5 S1 Surgery Recovery
I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?
Back surgery: Recovery time could be 4-6 weeks or more depending on how extensive your surgery is. Every back is different, and your surgeon will determine whether you will benefit from just a microdiscectomy or whether you will require a more extensive laminectomy or even fusion. You should still be able to perform activities of daily living with necessary precautions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lumbar MRI showed N impingement @ L5-S1 & poss surgery'd be microdiscectomy to remove extruded part w/ min recovery. Now symptoms indicate L3-L4 impingement too. How would this change poss surgery/recovery?
Back surgery: You need to ask your surgeon, however if MRI was fairly recent and showed no problems at L3/L4 then answer probably no change. Pain could be from the extruded fragment migrating slightly and/or inflammation. If you were to have additional disc problems at L3/L4 then surgery somewhat lengthened but really shouldn't affect recovery much. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best way to deal with a destroyed l5-s1 disk? I think i need some sort of surgery but i'm scared. Nothing else has worked.
Second opinion: X- ray and MRI images are not certain ways to decide that a disk is the problem. You are young and unless you have had a terrible back injury, the disk changes are probably age related as is seen in many your age and who do not have pain. See an osteopath, and always get a second surgical opinion; preferably from a surgeon in another city. ...Read more
I have bilateral degenerative changes at l5-s1 level w/a grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis found 9/2012 has become worse will i end up needing surgery?
Spine Surgery: Spine surgery is reserved for individuals that have unrelenting pain that has failed conservative care or who have a progressive neurologic condition due to the spinal changes. Many individuals with your radiographic finding are pain free. If worsening would followup with your doctor or see a surgical or nonsurgical spine specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a microdiscectomy of l5-s1 about a two years ago and the pain i worse now then it was before the surgery. Any suggestions what i can do?
Neurosurgery eval: Neurosurgery evaluation, MRI of the lumbar spine to look for a re-herniation or residual nerve compression. Emg may help to check for any denervation. If no surgical issues found, keep body mass index (bmi) below 30 and add isometric exercises to strengthen the paraspinous muscles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with spondylosis l5/s1, which is now affecting my nerves i've been advised to have surgery but how bad can it get without surgery?
How bad is bad?: Surgery for your condition, or almost any other spinal condition is indicated by several things. First, intolerable pain (which is a subjective, non-measurable quality) if pain is the only issue & you can adapt to it, don't do surgery second, is functional loss which means impaired walking, severe leg weakness, bowel/bladder problems or severely restricted spinal mobility). ...Read more
Does an extruded disc fragment, very painful, require surgery, and fusion surgery l5-s1 help with the pain?
See a back surgeon: This is a complex issue and is highly dependent upon the actual lesion, the patient and the extent of symptoms. Surgical fusion may or may not be helpful, and sometimes makes things worse. Find a highly recommended surgeon and let them evaluate and recommend management. Good luck. ...Read more
Moderate sized broad based right para central profusion on L5-S1. Dr says surgery is only option but that won't take away all the pain. Other options?
Protrusion of disk: Seems like the vertebral disk is out of place because the outer fibers (that hold it in) have ruptured. Often this is due to dehydration of the disks, so often water and fluid intake is recommended, along with resting your back. Chondroitin and Glucosamine have anecdotal evidence of helping. I would postpone surgery - 95% lead to worse or no better pain in 5 yrs. Physical therapy & TENS could help ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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