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How will your back feel 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 just ...

Usually this is just incisional pain of up to 2 weeks duration.
. If there was back pain equal to or worse than leg pain pre operatively, then you most likely will not get much improvement of your back pain & all bets are off if you are a smoker. However, about 10% of disc surgery patients can experience back pain due to ongoing degenerative changes in disc over time with a 5% risk of reherniation.

In brief: Usually just ...

Usually this is just incisional pain of up to 2 weeks duration.
. If there was back pain equal to or worse than leg pain pre operatively, then you most likely will not get much improvement of your back pain & all bets are off if you are a smoker. However, about 10% of disc surgery patients can experience back pain due to ongoing degenerative changes in disc over time with a 5% risk of reherniation.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Ins

6 weeks like a back strain gets better quickly leg pain goes away quickly.

In brief: Ins

6 weeks like a back strain gets better quickly leg pain goes away quickly.
Dr. Mark Weston
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