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I have numbness in my leg after back surgery how long will it take to go away?

I have numbness in my leg after back surgery how long will it take to go away?

Talk to MD: The nerves may have been damaged or bruised by either the operation or the disease that caused you to seek surgery. These nerves can take a long time to recover, and sometimes do not. The best judge of this is your surgeon. Talk to them about your concerns. If needed get a second opinion if not satisfied. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Kennedy
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Pain In One Leg (Definition)

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical ...Read more


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My husband now has a numb area in his leg after back surgery, and is scared to death! is this normal?

My husband now has a numb area in his leg after back surgery, and is scared to death! is this normal?

It is not the norm : But it can happen in a small percentage of patients with some recovering and others being permanent. It is a known risk of the surgery in terms of neurologic ones. If that is the only symptom after his operation there is no real need for oncern and it may improve over time. ...Read more

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How long does leg swellong last after back surgery?

How long does leg swellong last after back surgery?

Depends: Leg swelling is not normal after back surgery. Blood clots in the leg should be ruled out if this is a new phenomenon that developed in the days and early weeks post-op. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the right side of my leg that developed after back surgery. What can I do to stop the pain?

I have a pain in the right side of my leg that developed after back surgery. What can I do to stop the pain?

Depends on what is: Causing the pain. This oain could be due to a recurrent disc herniation or do to scar tissue formation which a contrast MRI can help to determine. Most of either reason will get better with time & non op care while the recurrent disc may require surgery the scar tissue reason does not & will most likely fail unless it is spinal cord stimulation. Otherwise, medications are indicated & epidurals. ...Read more

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How long will my numbness take to go away i'm my leg after having back surgery?

How long will my numbness take to go away i'm my leg after having back surgery?

From immediate to...: There can be immediate complete or partial relief to within hours, days months, years to never with most if going to recover, within 6 months. ...Read more

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Returning leg pain after lower back surgery, what to do?

Returning leg pain after lower back surgery, what to do?

This is somewhat: dependent on what your diagnosis was and indications for the surgery as well as what type of surgery was performed. Other factors include how much time has past since the surgery, smoking history , medical history and has anything happened since the surgery such as an injury that may have caused onset of these symptoms. This is best reviewed with your surgeon to decide any actions needed. ...Read more

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Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Why do you get charlie horse cramps in leg after having back surgery?

Acid buildup: While under anesthesia, the legs are bent and there is a decrease in blood return from the legs. Waste products like Lactic Acid build up. There is a decrease in blood supply and oxygen levels are lower, compounding the problem. After surgery, the legs are straightened, and blood and lymph fluids begin moving. Muscle cramping occurs during this time, when the local pH is low. ...Read more

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I've had back surgery and still have pain down my legs. I recieve steroid shots and nerve blockers but nothing helps. What is the next step?

I've had back surgery and still have pain down my legs. I recieve steroid shots and nerve blockers but nothing helps. What is the next step?

Therapy helps: The short term and long term effects of back surgery can be hard to predict. Important in knowing the outcome is knowing the kind and duration of symptoms that were present prior to surgery. Answers to these require consultation with your surgeon. That said, persistent pain is not uncommon, and may respond to additional therapy and attention to back posture. ...Read more

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How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

Depends : The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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I have pain going down the front of my right leg after having back surgery. It goes from my hip down to my knee and I can't stand it. Please help?

Need more info: Pain in top of thigh can be L2, L3, or L4 nerve root. If you had surgery for any of those nerves, continued compression may be the reason for this pain. You need to have your surgeon work you up for this. If your surgery did not involve these nerves, then you may be experiencing lateral femoral cutaneous nerve injury that can occur from laying on your belly for long periods of time. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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