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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 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. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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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