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Microdiscectomy Pain After 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
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
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
???: 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
Same or different pa: Is this the same or different pain. It is best to ask your surgeon. ...Read more
44yrs old female, is it normal to lose weight approx 9 to 10 kg 6 mths post microdiscectomy surgery?
No: Be greatful. This will make rehab. Easier. ...Read more
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
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?
Young and fairly healthy. Have desk job. How quickly could I go back to work after microdiscectomy surgery?
2-3 wks: Take your time recoveringGet a more detailed answer ›
Not a good idea: Please avoid activities that will flare up your problems ...Read more
At age 44, is it normal to lose alot of weight approx 5 kg for 6 mths post microdiscectomy surgery for l5/s1?
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
Far lateral microdiscectomy/decompressio at l3/4 and decompression at 4/5 due to spurs 6 wk ago intense pain as before surgery. On neurontin (gabapentin). Normal?
No: Intense pain never normal. Rechck with your doc.. ...Read more
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?
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
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
Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica. Would microdiscectomy surgery help with SI joint pain or just the sciatica?
Hives/angioedema abruptly 12 days post-microdiskectomy. Night sweats since surgery too. All infection tests (-). Delayed drug reaction? Off all meds.
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
Will microdiscectomy surgery at 3.5 weeks pregnant (pregnant but urine still shows negative) harm the fetus?
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.
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
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
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