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Is it ok to still have pain and numbness after herniated disc surgery?

Is it ok to still have pain and numbness after herniated disc surgery?

How long, how much?: Nerve dysfunction including numbness, weakness and pain may not resolve immediately after surgery. This depends on factors such as age, length of time nerve pressure was unrelieved pre-op, severity of compression, co-morbities (your pre-existing health issues) length of time from surgery--it may take months to improve. Warning new symptoms post-op always require re-evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Is it okay to play sports after herniated disc surgery?

Yes you can.: Yes, following full recovery from surgery --- which can take anywhere from 4-weeks to 2-3 months, you will then be able to resume your sporting activities following herniated disc surgery. ...Read more

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Broad based herniated disc, need surgery?

Broad based herniated disc, need surgery?

Most often no: Herniated disc's can often be symptom free. And quite often pain from a herniated disc will resolve with time: conservative treatment is the first line: rest/nsaids/activity modifications and if not improving may consider an epidural steroid (albeit this may be effective in less than 50% of people). Surgery is reserved for failure of extensive conservative management. ...Read more

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What to tell me about herniated disc surgery?

What to tell me about herniated disc surgery?

Indications: If you have a herniated disc pushing on a nerve with legs symptoms, and you have failed nsaids, pt, epidural injections, with symptoms continuing greater than 6-12 weeks, then surgery may be recommended to remove portion of the disc outside of the disc space, and by so doing remove the structure pushing on the nerve. Various minimally invasive approaches are available for this type of surgery. ...Read more

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How effective is surgery for a herniated disc?

Very : For the properly selected patient, surgery for a disc herniation is 90-95 percent successful. Selecting the proper candidate is critical, and also most people do respond to nonoperative care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery for a herniated disc?

Can you tell me about surgery for a herniated disc?

Common surgery: A lumbar microdiscectomy is a common procedure for treatment of a symptomatic herniated disc that has failed conservative care. Most patients do well. Check out Spine-health.com. ...Read more

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How long does herniated disc pain last after surgery?

How long does herniated disc pain last after surgery?

Usually not long: If you had a disc herniation and subsequently underwent spinal surgery for leg pain, then that pain should resolve immediately after the surgery. You may have some minor tingling and minor discomfort, however the true sciatic type pain should resolved relatively quickly after a lumbar discectomy. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc be fix or cured without surgery.

Can a herniated disc be fix or cured without surgery.

Nonoperative care: many herniations can be treated with therapy and time with eventual resolution of pain ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc be gone for ever without surgery?

Can a herniated disc be gone for ever without surgery?

Yes: The body can absorb some disc herniations. We see see this not infrequently on MRI. ...Read more

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How do they decide if you need surgery for a herniated disc?

Refractory symptoms : Herniated disk surgery should only be considered in the presence of all 3: a)mri evidence of a herniation that is visibly pinching a nerve b)symptoms of a pinched nerve that anatomically corresponds well with MRI evidence c)meds, pt, and epidural injections are first considered. A good predictor of successful surgical outcome is increased nerve pain with nerve tension on exam(straight leg raise). ...Read more

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