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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)

In a microdiscectomy, a herniated disc fragment is removed through a small incision under magnification using either a ...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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17 days post-microdiskectomy; night sweats ever since. Hives/angioedema showed up day 10, first time in life. Back is doing great. Possible causes?

17 days post-microdiskectomy; night sweats ever since. Hives/angioedema showed up day 10, first time in life. Back is doing great. Possible causes?

As usual not obvious: I'm a little concerned about night sweats. The surgeon would be very concerned if associated with objective fever, and we know (rarely) hives can be associated with bacterial infection. Did you receive preventative antibiotics with surgery? Surgery per say wouldn't cause hives. Sounds like you are please with outcome, so stress hives seem unlikely. ...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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How can I strengthen my back after a microdiscectomy?

How can I strengthen my back after a microdiscectomy?

Core strengthening: After a time of rest and rehabilitation from surgery a program of core strengthening and stretching can be introduced gradually. But wait for direction from your surgeon before starting any such program. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: microdiskectomy?

What is the definition or description of: microdiskectomy?

Herniation removal: In a microdiscectomy, a herniated disc fragment is removed through a small incision under magnification using either a microscope or surgical loupes. ...Read more

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Please advice me, where can I get the best microdiscectomy done?

Doctor: Speak with your doctor. Spinal surgeons routinely operate with microdiscectomy procedures, but when you do an internet search, you will find many alternatives with claims of being the "best". Even the "best" surgeons get complications... I recommend getting a second opinion for elective microdiscectomy, and verify the credentials of your chosen surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the average cost to have a microdiscectomy w/o insurance?

What is the average cost to have a microdiscectomy w/o insurance?

???: Unfortunately there are no set fees that surgeons charge for their services. The price will vary from region to region. The patient's portion of the charge will depend on the type of policy that he/she may have. There are some practices that require the patient to pay cash and he/she must then bill the on insurance company. Remember your insurance is a contract between you and the insurance co. ...Read more

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I'm going to have microdiscectomy this week,what to expect?so scared...

Herniated disc: A microdiscectomy for a herniated disc in the lumbar spine is similar to a scope of the knee for a torn meniscus. The pain in the leg will be gone in the recovery room. There will be soreness in the back from the incision but this is different from the back pain related to the herniated disc. Warm moist heat in the morning and ice at night to the low back will speed the recovery. ...Read more

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When is a microdiskectomy absolutely necessary and not an electice procedure?

When is a microdiskectomy absolutely necessary and not an electice procedure?

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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How long can i go back to my physical training after microdiskectomy procedure considering with/without complications?

6 weeks: Unfortunately you can never completely escape the possibility of complications, but generally you can resume normal activities 6 weeks after a microdiscectomy. Some surgeons will allow return to normal activity even sooner than that, so you should really discuss this with your own surgeon. ...Read more

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I was operated 3weeks ago(microdiscectomy),when can I start doing some exercises and what do you recomend to start with?

Check with your MD: However, most basic exercise can start under the guidance of a physical therapist which should be prescribed by your MD since you would like to be more active. In the interim, walking, ellipticals, bicycling and swimming are safe non impact exercises to start with. PT would focus on core strengthening and could slowly evolve into a Pilates based regimen. ...Read more

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I was proposed to get an intradiscal injection of ozone, in order to reduce the volume of the disc. Is it a better alternative than microdiscectomy?

I was proposed to get an intradiscal injection of ozone, in order to reduce the volume of the disc. Is it a better alternative than microdiscectomy?

Well...: This is a relatively new thing and most people don't use it. I personally do not. Not much good literature out there to support it but that doesnt mean it wont work. However, microdiscectomy is a time tested procedure and directly targets the problem and gives the surgeon visual confirmation of adequate decompression. Good luck! please do more research about the ozone procedure before signing. ...Read more

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