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How long are you numb after a discectomy?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Depends

This is variable.
Even though pain relief is achieved after decompressing the nerves by removing disc material, sometimes the nerve takes time to recover, if at all & the recovery could be partial or total from immediately to never. Most are going to get maximum recovery in 6 months but it could occur over years. Less likely if a neuropathy present or if a diabetic.

In brief: Depends

This is variable.
Even though pain relief is achieved after decompressing the nerves by removing disc material, sometimes the nerve takes time to recover, if at all & the recovery could be partial or total from immediately to never. Most are going to get maximum recovery in 6 months but it could occur over years. Less likely if a neuropathy present or if a diabetic.
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