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What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

Weeks: Usually outpatient or less than 23 hours in hospital. Return to light work within a few weeks and return to heavy labor in 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes longer. ...Read more

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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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I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?

I have an L5 s1 herniated disc. I am having surgery next week. What can I expect? How long is recovery time? Will I be able to perform daily tasks?

Back surgery: Recovery time could be 4-6 weeks or more depending on how extensive your surgery is. Every back is different, and your surgeon will determine whether you will benefit from just a microdiscectomy or whether you will require a more extensive laminectomy or even fusion. You should still be able to perform activities of daily living with necessary precautions. ...Read more

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Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Usually 6-10 weeks.: Usually 6-10 weeks. People heal in different time frames. During the healing process, I advise patients to avoid heavy lifting or strenuos activity. I do encourage them to begin a walking program. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time from surgery on a herniated disk?

What is the recovery time from surgery on a herniated disk?

Same day low back: A microdisectomy or a minimally invasive version are typically same day surgeries with return to all activities by 3 months for best results according to studies but most activities by 2 weeks depending on conditioning and health status. For cervical, this is usually done with a fusion but all activities around same time period as lumbar but no contact sports usually with a fusion, . ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a back surgery on a herniated disk?

It depend: As you know we have so many operation for herniated disc. It take about 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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Doc wants to remove disk and do fusion, herniated disk L5 s1. What is recovery time and what is there a high chance of pain relief?

Doc wants to remove disk and do fusion, herniated disk L5 s1. What is recovery time and what is there a high chance of pain relief?

Depends on procedure: There r many ways 2 fuse: anterior, posterior, or both. The 1 2 best advise u is ur surgeon. If u have doubts get an answer 2 which procedure is proposed ; why. If still not satisfied getting a second opinion is in order, but get all the details 1st. ...Read more

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I recently found out that I have a herniated disc (o5 I think). Will I ever have a full recovery and be able to do everything I did before?

If symptomatic now?: By o I assume it's c-5.If you r symptomatic & have arm pain due 2 the disk, & there is surgery being contemplated @ur age, u r expecting a cure. This is not the usual outcome. This would b nice but it involves a fusion & I would not expect a full recovery & a return 2 all of ur usual activities, if u try u would b @ a risk of further injury. U & parents need 2 ask ur surgeon these questions. ...Read more

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Can I have normal sexual life after recovering from L5S1 herniated disc recovery?

Can I have normal sexual life after recovering from L5S1 herniated disc recovery?

Why NOT?: Get involved with a physical therapy rehab program, and if possible, include stretching, strengthening, and McKenzie back exercises. Give it some time, as your young age should allow rapid healing over several weeks. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says I need surgery so how long is recovery?

I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says I need surgery so how long is recovery?

Varies: Open discectomy a bit longer. In my practice I perform minimally invasive surgery whereby I use a 1.5-2 cm incision and dialate the muscles and use a tubular retractor (metrx). Back to work in 3-7 days, walking hours after surgery, no lifting greater than 25 lbs or axial loading maneuvers - jogging, squats, military press x 6 weeks. Folks with jobs that require significant manual labor- off 6 w. ...Read more

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Can I have normal sexual life and orgasm after L5-S1 herniated disc recovery??

Sure: With standard microdisectomy no neurologic worsening is rare so post op should have no effect on sexual function ...Read more

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I've a herniated disc @ c6/c7 in august '11. Lost all strength in right triceps. Tricepts getting stronger now. How long can full recovery take?

I've a herniated disc @ c6/c7 in august '11. Lost all strength in right triceps. Tricepts getting stronger now. How long can full recovery take?

Can take months: If you lost all your strength, the nerve was really pinched. If you recover fully it will take months. Do not stop exercising and strengthening the muscle because once you atrophy that muscle it will become difficult to get full strength back. You may need to get an EMG study done to see the extent of damage if you are not better and may even need a dedicated OT/PT program. ...Read more

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What is the average time to heal from a lumbar herniated disc, naturally?

Depends on severity: It depends on the severity of your injury and how diligently you do the prescribed back exercises to help your body recover, can range from 8 weeks to several months or even longer if you do not follow through with the exercises as discussed with your doctor. I would definitely consult your physician for an exam and specific guidance for your recovery. Physical therapy can also be very helpful. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia make herniated disc pain worse for a longer period of time.

Can fibromyalgia make herniated disc pain worse for a longer period of time.

Yes it can: While the disc pathology will not be changed by fibro, the central sensitization to pain is often very increased. This means that the perception of the pain, the subjective feeling of pain will most likely be increased. This along with the increased myofascial pain that can be aggravated by disc herniation and nerve pain, it certainly can cause significant, extended pain. ...Read more

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Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Rarely: Discs do reabsorb or retract over time but this is over a prolonged period. If the nerve is injured and there is radiculopathy you will likely lose function over time. It is best to be evaluated and followed closely ...Read more

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When a herniated disc causes sciatic pain, will the opposite leg feel shorter over time?

When a herniated disc causes sciatic pain, will the opposite leg feel shorter over time?

No: Probably not. The disk herniation has no effect on leg length. I have not had a patient complain (or notice) of a leg feeling longer or shorter if they have or have had radiating pain (sciatica). ...Read more

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Having a hard time controlling bladder and when I go a few minutes later I have to go again, could L5 s1 herniated disc cause this?

Yes: But you should rule out infection. That is a worrisome sign with the disc herniation, and you should see your doctor asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will a healed herniated disc or bulging disc still show up in an mri? At times I can feel something moving in my lumber. To be specific I describe the feeling as separated movement, almost like two discs had moved either into place or out of place at the

Will a healed herniated disc or bulging disc still show up in an mri? At times I can feel something moving in my lumber. To be specific I describe the feeling as separated movement, almost like two discs had moved either into place or out of place at the

MRI: Mri is a study that evaluates the anatomy of the body. Referring do a disc, I am assuming a herniated disc. If the disc has repaired and is no longer herniated, this will show one follow-up mri.

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Chiro says I have herniated disc causing acute onset sciatic nerve pain but shingles popped up at exact same time. Could all my pain be from shingles?

Anatomy impotant: Where is the rash (what nerve root distribution (s)?
What does the MRI look like (you can attach pictures of the study) And what does the EMG show? (needs to be done at least 2 weeks after symptom onset for denervation pattern to be obvious. Treat for shingles and if symptom persist see a specialist to sort this out (neurologist or maybe a PMR physician. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more