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How can I help reduce leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: It should on it's ..

This should do it on own if you!re non smoker & your leg pain was predominant pain.
Occasionlly, the nerve can still remain irritated from it's prior compression &/or manipulation during surgery. Anti inflammatory meds or meds like neurontin, Elavil or Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help as well. If the pain is persisting, you may need a contrast MRI to see if there is a retained disc fragment or recurrent one.

In brief: It should on it's ..

This should do it on own if you!re non smoker & your leg pain was predominant pain.
Occasionlly, the nerve can still remain irritated from it's prior compression &/or manipulation during surgery. Anti inflammatory meds or meds like neurontin, Elavil or Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help as well. If the pain is persisting, you may need a contrast MRI to see if there is a retained disc fragment or recurrent one.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
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In brief: Time

Persistent pain after disc surgery depends on the degree of damage to the nerve before decompression; the amount of manipulation of the nerve during surgery or the presence of residual disc material still causing irritation.

In brief: Time

Persistent pain after disc surgery depends on the degree of damage to the nerve before decompression; the amount of manipulation of the nerve during surgery or the presence of residual disc material still causing irritation.
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
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