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Had microdiscectomy/flavectomy 2days ago,sciatica pain and tilted pelvis are gone...what do you recomend for these days of recovery?

Had microdiscectomy/flavectomy 2days ago,sciatica pain and tilted pelvis are gone...what do you recomend for these days of recovery?

After surgery: Congratulations on a successful surgery. Avoid repetitive bending and stooping in the first six weeks to prevent a recurrence of the disc herniation. Isometric exercises to strengthen the core (e.g. planks) will reduce the risk of recurrent disc herniation or delayed instability. Warm moist heat is good to relieve sore tight muscles and ice (especially at night) is good to reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Microdiskectomy (Definition)

Removal or excision of a disc fragment that has herniated out of its normal position that is then causing nerve compression so its removal results in the decompression of the nerve. It is done through a small incision under magnification usually with an operative microscope and is ...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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Whats a microdiscectomy?

Whats a microdiscectomy?

Spinal Surgery: Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive surgery to help take the pressure off a "pinched" nerve. The operation is done with a microscope and small incision to "shave" down the disc that is applying pressure upon a nerve. It can help to relieve pain and pressure upon a nerve and relieve pain radiating into the extremities. ...Read more

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What is a microdiscectomy?

What is a microdiscectomy?

Remove fragment: A microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure done by a trained spine surgeon which involves an incision (approx. 3cm) over the level where the disc is herniated. We use a microscope to help visualize the nerves and identify the disc herniation. Then carefully remove the disc fragment any any loose pieces to relieve the nerve impingement. The majority of the healthy disc remains intact. ...Read more

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Microdiscectomy --whos it done on?

Microdiscectomy --whos it done on?

Pinched nerve: A microdiskectomy is an option for a patient with symptoms of a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine that persist in spite of non operative measures. ...Read more

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How is a microdiskectomy performed?

How is a microdiskectomy performed?

Microscopic: Microdiscectomy is the removal of disc fragments with assistance of the microscope. It is performed thru small openings. It is now used in association with mis systems. Mis allows the performance of the same procedure thru small tubular opening that does not require the destruction of adjacent muscles & vesselsl, potentially reducing scar tissue formation and leaving the muscle intact. ...Read more

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When is a microdiskectomy indicated?

When is a microdiskectomy indicated?

Fail nonop care: After 3 months failing non op care like pt meds epidural injections and pain level and/or neurologic exam indicates reason for surgery. Only 10% need surgery. ...Read more

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Where can I get the best microdiscectomy done?

Where can I get the best microdiscectomy done?

See below: Microdiscectomy is a common operation that can be performed by most spinal surgeons. This type of operation can most likely be performed by your local spinal surgeon. Minimally invasive techniques have evolved over the past few years. ...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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