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I just got a discectomy - leg pain driving after surgery, should I be concerned?

I just got a discectomy - leg pain driving after surgery, should I be concerned?

Painful leg: Please call the physician that performed the surgery for a follow up evaluation. ...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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I just had laminectomy and discectomy surgery, is it concerning for me to have pain again down my leg?

Follow Up Needed: In some patients, having a nerve "un-pinched" or decompressed during surgery can be the equivalent of having an extremity "go to sleep" and then become painful and tingly when the extremity "wakes up". In other words, the nerve could be regenerating itself. You should still follow up with your surgeon to rule out a new pinched nerve or failed operation. Any more questions? Just ask.

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Discectomy L4 L5 three months ago. I had almost no leg pain after surgery. Last week severe pain came back down my leg could this be nerve damage?

Discectomy L4 L5 three months ago. I had almost no leg pain after surgery. Last week severe pain came back down my leg could this be nerve damage?

Nerve pain: You need to see your spine surgeon again. It is most likely nerve irritation, that could be treated with an epidural injection and conservative care. But, it could be a re-herniation of your disc. Important to rule-out new neurological changes. Your surgeon might decide to get a new MRI after they perform a physical exam. ...Read more

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C3-4 fusion, c6-7 discectomy. Now left arm shoulder pain, and left leg feels numb and heavy. Is this related to surgery or unrelated?

C3-4 fusion, c6-7 discectomy. Now left arm shoulder pain, and left leg feels numb and heavy. Is this related to surgery or unrelated?

Call your Surgeon!: Does it really matter? It is not normal, and if you cannot get ahold of your surgeon asap, then go to the er for evaluation if you are not in first post-op week (you didn't tell us). Neurological symptoms are never a good thing. ...Read more

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23m s/p l5-s1 discectomy w/ daily moderate-severe back pain & radiculopathy both leg. What is my next treatment option? More epidural? Fusion surgery?

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23m s/p l5-s1 discectomy w/ daily moderate-severe back pain & radiculopathy both leg. What is my next treatment option? More epidural? Fusion surgery?

Failed back: It appears that you have failed back syndrome. Please see a pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. You might benefit from additional therapy, medications, injections like epidural steroid injection or spinal cord stimulation. ...Read more

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23m-rupture discs w/ 5mm retrolisthesis (l4/5&l5/s1) s/p discectomy surgeon doesn't want surgery, 2nd opinion recommended hybrid lumbar fusion. What should I do? Daily pain 6+/10 back & both legs 2yrs

23m-rupture discs w/ 5mm retrolisthesis (l4/5&l5/s1) s/p discectomy surgeon doesn't want surgery, 2nd opinion recommended hybrid lumbar fusion. What should I do? Daily pain 6+/10 back & both legs 2yrs

Be careful: Make sure seeking advice from well-trained spine surgeon. The pathology you mention will not necessarily cause the symptoms you list. Let's say you have herniated discs/lumbar stenosis, nerve impingement, then that will explain your leg pain. And after failing appropriate conservative management decompression surgery will help. But be very careful with surgery for back only pain -- esp.@ 23Y.O. ...Read more

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After having a discectomy, I'm experiencing leg pain driving. Should I be worried?

After having a discectomy, I'm experiencing leg pain driving. Should I be worried?

Possilby Yes: Yes, it would be a good idea to discuss with your operating surgeon. Sometimes it can mean the nerve is inflamed or recovering that goes down the leg, but sometimes it can mean a problem. You should have a repeat physical exam by your physician ...Read more

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6 weeks after a discectomy and still terrible leg pain. What do you recommend?

6 weeks after a discectomy and still terrible leg pain. What do you recommend?

New imaging: If you aren't any better after six weeks, and you were my patient, I would get a new MRI to rule out residual or recurrent herniated disc versus postop scar. ...Read more

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What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

See your surgeon: Let your surgeon know what is going on. They would be in the best position to provide advice and determine if a new imaging study such as a MRI of the lumbar spine with and without contrast to rule out a recurrent disc herniation is warranted. ...Read more

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Returning left leg pain 5 days after l4-5 discectomy for a bulging disc, what to do?

Returning left leg pain 5 days after l4-5 discectomy for a bulging disc, what to do?

See your surgeon: Let your surgeon know what is going on. They would be in the best position to provide advice and determine if a new imaging study such as a MRI of the lumbar spine with and without contrast to rule out a recurrent disc herniation is warranted. ...Read more

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I had Ant. Cerv. Discectomy in 2012. Pain and grinding sound in neck, fingers turn blue, numbness in hands and leg, pain in back going to left leg.?

I had Ant. Cerv. Discectomy in 2012. Pain and grinding sound in neck, fingers turn blue, numbness in hands and leg, pain in back going to left leg.?

Something else: Symptoms in legs have nothing to do with your neck. The grinding is consistant most likely with bony scar tissue from the surgery, which is not a reason for repeat surgery. You need nerve studies to see if you have an underlying nerve disease (neuropathy). I would see a neurologist ...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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Sister had lumbar micro discetomy 3-17-14 the first 2 dayswas feelingbetteryesterday today she has feet and legs pain is that normal pain is worse tod?

Sister had lumbar micro discetomy 3-17-14 the first 2 dayswas feelingbetteryesterday today she has feet and legs pain is that normal pain is worse tod?

Call her surgeon: This may be part of her post operative course but impossible to tell for sure. I would recommend she call her surgeon with her symptoms and see if they would like to evaluate her. ...Read more

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Ectopic surgery 4 months missed period by 5 days lower abdomen pain, lower back and legs pain pregnncy test negative?

Ectopic surgery 4 months missed period by 5 days lower abdomen pain, lower back and legs pain pregnncy test negative?

Confirm: Most likely you are starting a period and it is simply coming at a later time. However, given your history, it is important to confirm that you are not pregnant. You may consider getting a serum pregnancy test. ...Read more

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When is a cervical discectomy surgery indicated?

When is a cervical discectomy surgery indicated?

Disc herniation: The most common reason for discectomy is pain caused by disc herniation and refractory to nonoperative treatment. Less frequently, the surgery is performed for neurologic compromise (weakness, numbness) due to disc herniation. ...Read more

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What complications can come from an arterior cervical discectomy surgery?

What complications can come from an arterior cervical discectomy surgery?

Many: The most common is difficulty swallowing. Other complications include infection, pain, nerve/spinal cord injury (rare), headache, and vocal cord paralysis amongst others. ...Read more

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Did discectomy and laminectomy surgery on august 2012, still can't bend and my back feel heavy, how long it take to be normal and I can run as before?

See below: Any time u have a surgery & something doesn't seem right, contact the surgeon. S/he can best advise recovery times. Physical therapy (if ok'd by surgeon) should help. Muscles may be tight/in spasm; moist heat to affected areas should help relax them. Doc may rx muscle relaxer if that is problem. Massage therapy can also relax sore, stiff muscles. But have surgeon re-evaluate. ...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

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Cervical anterior discectomy of C7 - how long does this surgery take?

Cervical anterior discectomy of C7 - how long does this surgery take?

Varies: Each surgeon is different but overall between 30 min and 2 hours, depending on the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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Anterior cervical discectomy surgery, what to do?

Anterior cervical discectomy surgery, what to do?

3 months: Assuming a proper work-up has been done and conservative care has failed, most patients do very well from a single level cervical fusion. Average time for a complete recovery is 3 months. Check out spine health. Com. ...Read more

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Advantages and disdvantages of laser lumbar discectomy surgery?

Advantages and disdvantages of laser lumbar discectomy surgery?

If the selection: For such surgery is done properly it's advantage is that it can be done using MINIMALLY INVASIVE approaches (eg small incision "band-aid surgery")

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Can you suggest exercises post herniated disc surgery (discectomy)?

Can you suggest exercises post herniated disc surgery (discectomy)?

Herniated disc: The exercise are really based on where the pain distribution is location and any other associated signs or symptoms. Consultation with a local physical therapist would like be the best recommendation as they have the most experience in this type of treatment. ...Read more

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Is anterior cervical discectomy with fusion considered a major surgery?

If it is you!: It depends on one's perspective and really on how healthy you are and how severe the disc herniation is and if any other associated pathology or if there was any other prior surgery or treatment (radiation) through the surgical approach that may complicate the surgery or if you are a smoker, obese, diabetic, have an existing chronic remote infection, renal disease etc. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more


Dr. Nolan Segal
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Leg Pain (Definition)

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