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Recovery Time After Microdiscectomy
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer