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Doctor insights on: Nerve Recovery After Discectomy

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What is the recovery time for a diskectomy? How long does it take to recover from a diskectomy? When can I get back to normal activities and work? .

What is the recovery time for a diskectomy? How long does it take to recover from a diskectomy? When can I get back to normal activities and work? .

Recovery: Recovery time depends on the type of discectomy surgery you have, long long you have had the problem and the presence of nerve damage. Patients recover quicker from minimally invasive and endoscopic discectomy then traditional. People who have the problem longer or have nerve damage take longer to recover. Most people recover from surgery between a 2 to 12 weeks.

Please see my health guide on lumbar discectomy. Good luck! ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What is the estimated recovery time for laser discectomy?

What is the estimated recovery time for laser discectomy?

Short: "if " it works ti should be quick...If your symptoms persist see an orthopaedic spine surgeon with a new mri. ...Read more

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How long of a recovery time should I expect from discectomy surgery?

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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What is the recovery consist of for anterior cervical diskectomy?

What is the recovery consist of for anterior cervical diskectomy?

Cervical fusion: Depend upon how many levels are being operated upon. Now a days a simple discectomy is rearly done and usually a bone fusion along with plate fixation is the common practice. One level fusion usaually allows the return to daliy activities in a short period of time 3to 4 weeks, however more extrenous activities such as sports require that the fusion be solid heal 4to 6 months. ...Read more

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For cervical discectomy, what is the operation length and recovery time?

For cervical discectomy, what is the operation length and recovery time?

One hour, 3 months: The surgery is usually about an hour. It takes about 3 months to fully recover. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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How long is cervical discectomy the operation length and recovery time?

It varies: For a one-level discectomy and fusion the operation typically lasts 1-2hours. I typically let my patients go home the same day of surgery. Recovery varies from patient to patient. I tell my patients no strenuous activity for first 2 weeks. We then start to ease them back into full activity so that they're back to normal activity by 6-8 weeks. See http://youtu. Be/oyk49lnvx78 for a video. ...Read more

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Cervical discectomy - what is the normal operation length and recovery time?

Fairly short.: If you are referring to an anterior cervical discectomy, the operation usually takes about an hour and most patients can go home the same day or the next. Typically, if everything goes well, patients are back at work within a week or two. ...Read more

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Cervical discectomy and fusion assuming successful surgery, with no complications and reasonably healthy and active patient; what is a reasonable recovery period?

Cervical discectomy and fusion assuming successful surgery, with no complications and reasonably healthy and active patient; what is a reasonable recovery period?

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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I just had a cervial discectomy and fusion at C5 C6 recovery has been minimal how long before I can schedule a breast lift?

I just had a cervial discectomy and fusion at C5 C6 recovery has been minimal how long before I can schedule a breast lift?

Ask neck surgeon: Your neck surgeon has the definitive answer based on your actual surgery, as well as how your healing has progressed. An elective cosmetic surgery should not be undertaken when there is any risk to your neck; your neck will likely need to be hyperextended for anesthesia, and unless fully and durably healed (x-ray?), this could be a major risk. Talk frankly with your neck surgeon about your plan! ...Read more

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Will a microscopic discectomy remove the pinched nerve in my back. And is there a microscopic discectomy for neck with out fusion or bone grap.

Will a microscopic discectomy remove the pinched nerve in my back. And is there a microscopic discectomy for neck with out fusion or bone grap.

Sort of: Microdiscectomy doesn't remove the nerve, it removes a piece of herniated intervertebral disc that is pinching the nerve. Nerve function then returns to normal. Microdiscetomy is frequently done without either fusion or bone grafting. ...Read more

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I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

Microdiscectomy: It is possible that a residual or recurrent disc herniation could cause persistent pain - an MRI with/without contrast would document this. Also, unfortunately there are also cases in which the nerve has already sustained permanent damage, so even if a microdiscectomy is technically successful and without complications, the nerve damage may not be reversible. ...Read more

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I've asked questions before about my discectomy for nerve damage, I know I shouldn't smoke but doctors put emphasis on it with back problems why?

I've asked questions before about my discectomy for nerve damage, I know I shouldn't smoke but doctors put emphasis on it with back problems why?

Smokers have poorer: Surgical outcomes with any spine surgery compared to a nonsmoker. Smoking accelerates the natural rate of disc degeneration 4 times faster and smokers herniate discs at rate twice as often as nonsmokers. Smokers have increased risks of post op infection & wound healing problems. The exact mechanisms are not fully understood but the implications are! ...Read more

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I had micro discectomy 3 months ago for nerve damage on right side which was successful but now get pain around left hip could it be the nerve settling?

I had micro discectomy 3 months ago for nerve damage on right side which was successful but now get pain around left hip could it be the nerve settling?

This could be that: Even after successful disc surgery which is anticipated 90-95% of the time that due to further disc degeneration, 10% can develop back pain over time and there is a 5% chance of a recurrent disc herniation occuring as well as only a portion of the disc that herniated is removed as the rest remains functional. Avoid smoking, being overweight & exercise regularly to minimize issues. ...Read more

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I have bulging disks at l-4-l-5, l5-s-1, compression of nerve bundle, stenosis, aethrotic spurs.3recs. Diskectomy, lamenectomy, fusion. What is best route?

I have bulging disks at l-4-l-5, l5-s-1, compression of nerve bundle, stenosis, aethrotic spurs.3recs. Diskectomy, lamenectomy, fusion. What is best route?

Decompression: When someone has symptoms from nerve compression due to stenosis and the spine is stable, decompressive procedures such as discectomy (laminotomy) or laminectomy are usually best. If the spine is unstable or if decompressing the spine would make it unstable, the decompressive procedures are best combined with fusion. ...Read more

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Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve. Next op removed debris, bone fragments nerve comfy, could scar tissue ruin second op?

Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve. Next op removed debris, bone fragments nerve comfy, could scar tissue ruin second op?

Possible: Arachnoiditis is thought to potentially occur in patients who undergo multiple back surgeries. This is a condition felt to be due to traction placed on the spinal cord sac or its internal elements from the formation of scar tissue following surgery. Usually not a huge problem until the patient has had more than a couple of surgeries but even 1 could be all that's needed in some folks. ...Read more

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Why is discectomy and fusion necessary when the problem is nerve root compression from bone spurs. Research says disc comp gen. Resolves w/out surgery?

Why is discectomy and fusion necessary when the problem is nerve root compression from bone spurs. Research says disc comp gen. Resolves w/out surgery?

Depends on Diagnosis: For disc herniation disectomy shown give quicker leg pain relief no difference at two years sport trial. Fusion are recommended for spinal instability not generally a problem with a simple disc herniation really need to know what symptom you want to get treat and what the diagnosis is, generally stenosis can be accompanied with spondylolithesis a slip which does better as a decompression and fusion ...Read more

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After having a discectomy last year I am still getting sciatica and back pain. I ve had a nerve block but still get pain abs worse with a full bladder

After having a discectomy last year I am still getting sciatica and back pain. I ve had a nerve block but still get pain abs worse with a full bladder

Speak with Surgeon: Recommend speaking with surgeon to discuss your pain issues. While pain may be normal after surgery, sometimes when pain increases above normal status, then evaluation may be needed to make sure no complications has arisen. Otherwise seeing pain/spine specialist may provide more answers. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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