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How much will I decrease in height after a l4/l5 & l5/s1 lumbar discectomy?

Probably not much. Modern diskectomy only removes the part of the disk that is ruptured (herniated, slipped) and a small amount of the disk in the area of the rupture. Virtually disks that rupture are already degenerating, so some height loss has already occurred before surgery. If more height is lost, it is due to continued degeneration and aging. Read more...

I had lumbar diskectomy laat week l4, l5 and L5 s1. Severe calf spasms no clot, do you have any pain relief suggestions?

Microdiscectomy . Residual L5 and S1 nerve root irritation. Add anti-inflammatory medications, neuropathic pain medicine (gabapentin), and muscle relaxers to eliminate the pain. Apply ice to the low back and consider a low profile back brace. The pain should resolve over the next week. If the pain persists then call your surgeon to exclude a recurrent disc herniation. . Read more...