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What are the symptoms?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Usually none except

Most disc surgeries are successful when done for primarily sciatic pain in a non smoker, 90-95%.
There is usually some incisional pain based on the size of incision. There may or may not be some residual pain in the leg usually due to ongoing nerve irritation from its prior compression by the disc or by the manipulation during surgery. Sometimes, there can be residual neurologic symptoms

In brief: Usually none except

Most disc surgeries are successful when done for primarily sciatic pain in a non smoker, 90-95%.
There is usually some incisional pain based on the size of incision. There may or may not be some residual pain in the leg usually due to ongoing nerve irritation from its prior compression by the disc or by the manipulation during surgery. Sometimes, there can be residual neurologic symptoms
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Vary

Most patients after simple laminectomy/discectomy for a herniated disc report significant pain relief.
There may be continued areas of soreness or back pain even with successful surgery. There can be associated leg/foot weakness, which is more likely with pre-op muscle issues. If symptoms continue, talk with your doctor.

In brief: Vary

Most patients after simple laminectomy/discectomy for a herniated disc report significant pain relief.
There may be continued areas of soreness or back pain even with successful surgery. There can be associated leg/foot weakness, which is more likely with pre-op muscle issues. If symptoms continue, talk with your doctor.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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