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What is microdiscectomy "back surgery"?

What is microdiscectomy "back surgery"?

MISS: Micro discectomy surgery is simply the removal of the disc using the microscope to illuminate and magnify the operative site. It may used thru a conventional incision or thru minimally invasive techniques tubes as small as 18 mm. When utilized thru a tubular system or other similar retractor system it is called minimally invadive spinal surgery (miss). ...Read more

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Microdiskectomy (Definition)

In a microdiscectomy, a herniated disc fragment is removed through a small incision under magnification using either a ...Read more


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I had a microdiskectomy 5 days ago for sciatica & it has been getting worse every day (now more than before surgery). Is this normal? Will it go away?

I had a microdiskectomy 5 days ago for sciatica & it has been getting worse every day (now more than before surgery). Is this normal? Will it go away?

Atypical: This is not a typical course after microdiscectomy. I would suggest that you seek the input and follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have back surgery--microdiscectomy l5s1, what to do?

Take it easy: Microdiscectomy is surgery where they make a very tiny incision to take out your herniated disc to relieve pressure on the nerves. Recovery is faster than traditional surgery. But you should avoid strenuous actvities, bending turning twisting prolonged driving for some time, also you have to strengthen the muscles around your back and the legs. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Microdiscectomy surgery but questionable surgeon experience?

Microdiscectomy surgery but questionable surgeon experience?

???: If you are questioning your surgeon ability to perform the recommended surgery, then I would suggest that you seek treatment elsewhere. Remember, if your spinal surgeon is fellowship trained, he has obtained a great deal of experience during that training. Experience is a double edge sword...A lot of experience with good results vs a lot of experience with poor results. Talk to prior surgical pati. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I'm 19 years old and just had a microdiscectomy on the L3-L4 disc in my back. It's been a week since surgery how much longer should I wait for sex?

I'm 19 years old and just had a microdiscectomy on the L3-L4 disc in my back. It's been a week since surgery how much longer should I wait for sex?

Ask your doc: The resumption of any activity after a specialized procedure is best monitored by the doc who did the surgery. We have no way of knowing your basic history/exam and or additional parameters that would require caution. ...Read more

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What are the signs that your discs have re-herniated after lumbar microdiscectomy surgery?

What are the signs that your discs have re-herniated after lumbar microdiscectomy surgery?

Leg pain: If you have developed new pain radiating down the leg that follow a particular nerve root pattern and this is the same as before, then you may have a recurrent disc herniation. Talk to your spinal surgeon. A new MRI with and without contrast may provide you with your answer. ...Read more

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At age 44, is it normal to lose alot of weight approx 5 kg for 6 mths post microdiscectomy surgery for l5/s1?

At age 44, is it normal to lose alot of weight approx 5 kg for 6 mths post microdiscectomy surgery for l5/s1?

Postop wt loss: It is not normal to lose weight after this procedure, but perhaps your diet, activities or medications have changes since then? These are more likely explanations. ...Read more

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After spine surgery (microdiscectomy), what is best to sit down on a flat hard or soft surface? Same for sleeping?

After spine surgery (microdiscectomy), what is best to sit down on a flat hard or soft surface? Same for sleeping?

You're the chairman: Sitting in a chair puts the most pressure on your discs. Standing and lying flat, less. So if you must sit, get up frequently and stand. Another thing you can try at home is the lying chair (my invention):lie on your back next to a couch and put your legs up on the couch, then relax. Sort of like sitting in a chair that's been tipped backwards. When sitting, use a cushion behind your back for support ...Read more

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2months after spine surgery (microdiscectomy L5-S1), started pt and I'm feeling great...can I wear high heels?

2months after spine surgery (microdiscectomy L5-S1), started pt and I'm feeling great...can I wear high heels?

EZ does it: Very high heels could put unwarranted strain on your lower back. Start with a pair with 2-3" heels, wear them for a few days and see how your back reacts. Go back to flats if your back begins to hurt. Gradually increase the height over time, slowing down if you experience discomfort in your back.

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Scar tissue after microdiskectomy causing same pain in back and leg as before surgery according to 2nd MRI will I need further surgeries to correct?

Scar tissue after microdiskectomy causing same pain in back and leg as before surgery according to 2nd MRI will I need further surgeries to correct?

More not better: Scar tissue builds after every surgery.
Scar can cause some of the pain but usually traction of the nerve which is scarred in place is the culprit during movement. Removing scar doesn't typically help- first rule of surgery is "scar begets scar"- meaning that more surgery only causes more scar. See your spine surgeon or get another opinion and even get an evaluation from a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Can I cover my surgery scar (microdiscectomy L5-S1) with a tattoo or that is a bad idea?

Can I cover my surgery scar (microdiscectomy L5-S1) with a tattoo or that is a bad idea?

Not recommended: Would not recommend it. Will only attract attention to that area. Any chemical applied to a scar may result in further unpredictable inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica. Would microdiscectomy surgery help with SI joint pain or just the sciatica?

Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica. Would microdiscectomy surgery help with SI joint pain or just the sciatica?

Most likely: Just the sciatica. SI joint pain is an arthritic phenomenon, and releasing pressure on the nerves wouldn't affect that. Be sure to speak with your surgeon, as surgery is usually a last resort, and is not always successful in relieving the pain. ...Read more

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Hives/angioedema abruptly 12 days post-microdiskectomy. Night sweats since surgery too. All infection tests (-). Delayed drug reaction? Off all meds.

Hives/angioedema abruptly 12 days post-microdiskectomy. Night sweats since surgery too. All infection tests (-). Delayed drug reaction? Off all meds.

Please see your MD: Who might refer you to an allergist/immunologist. With angioedema you should keep epinephrine handy. The allergist will sift through history and try to find a cause, which isn't present for most cases. Good luck ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Will microdiscectomy surgery at 3.5 weeks pregnant (pregnant but urine still shows negative) harm the fetus?

Will microdiscectomy surgery at 3.5 weeks pregnant (pregnant but urine still shows negative) harm the fetus?

Blood tests R-: -more reliable. I have done them early in pregnancy, but only under local anesthesia. As far as Ur question, you should talk 2 Ur GYN. Ultrasound also May B done. ...Read more

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I've had 2 back surgeries- a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 & L4/L5. I've got scar tissue & am still in pain. I use TENS, inversion, PT, Neurontin, Norco, Cymbalta, and am trying injections. Any new ideas/tx for me to try? I'm only 23 & I feel like I'm 80.

I've had 2 back surgeries- a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 & L4/L5. I've got scar tissue & am still in pain. I use TENS, inversion, PT, Neurontin, Norco, Cymbalta, and am trying injections. Any new ideas/tx for me to try? I'm only 23 & I feel like I'm 80.

Adhesiolysis: Cassara 1st NO more surgeries on your back.
FInd an Anesthesiologist in your area who will do a minimal risk type of epidural injection BUT without steroids. This injection is called lysis of adhesions or Adhesiolysis with a medicine called "Hyaluronidase". This injection will break up the scar tissue that has entrapped the nerves in your back. It must be performed with physical therapy ...Read more

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Had a microdiscectomy but now the pain is back?

Several reasons: There is a chance of a recurrent disc herniation (5%). Another cause can be scar tissue forming (1-2%) or development of back pain post op (10%) as a result of the disc comtinuing to deteriorate in spite of the herniation being treated. If you are a smoker, these risks are higher. Infection post op is a small risk unless you are diabetic, obese, had prior back surgery and/ or smoke. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect a microdiscectomy?

How does smoking affect a microdiscectomy?

Badly.: Smoking lowers oxygen in your blood because carbon monoxide, a by-product of all combustion, is very tightly bound to hemoglobin (200 x more than o2) and your blood cells can't carry as much o2 (oxygen). Lower o2 is not good for healing. ...Read more

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What supports the spine after a microdiskectomy?

What supports the spine after a microdiskectomy?

Disks and facets: The remaining disk as well as the facet joints of the posterior spine support the spine after microdiskectomy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel numbness on 1 side of your body after microdiskectomy?

Is it normal to feel numbness on 1 side of your body after microdiskectomy?

Possibly: Surgery requires some movement of the nerve and this can cause some numbness in the nerve afterward. This should improve over the first 4-6 weeks after the surgery. If the surgery was a neck or cervical surgery, there may be some spinal cord swelling that needs to resolve. This numbness should improve but may linger to a small degree in the future. ...Read more

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Is it common to feel numbness on one side of the body after a microdiskectomy?

Is it common to feel numbness on one side of the body after a microdiskectomy?

Residual symptoms po: One can have residual neurologic symptoms in the affected leg for months or even permanent as surgery is more predictable in terms pf pain relief than for beurologic symptoms. ...Read more