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What should you expect after a discectomy from herniated disk in the back?
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Relief of leg pain
Mild to moderate back discomfort at insicion site.

In brief: Relief of leg pain
Mild to moderate back discomfort at insicion site.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: 90% get success
90% experience relief of their symptoms if a nonsmoker and leg pain is main complaint.
If a smoker, obese and/or out of shape, this rate could be lower. In general, a return to all activities by 8 to 12 weeks post op. There is a 5% recurrence rate and about a 10% chance of developing back pain over time. There are risks of surgery that should be fully reviewed with you by your surgeon preop.

In brief: 90% get success
90% experience relief of their symptoms if a nonsmoker and leg pain is main complaint.
If a smoker, obese and/or out of shape, this rate could be lower. In general, a return to all activities by 8 to 12 weeks post op. There is a 5% recurrence rate and about a 10% chance of developing back pain over time. There are risks of surgery that should be fully reviewed with you by your surgeon preop.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
In brief: Goal
The goal should be relief of radiating leg pain.

In brief: Goal
The goal should be relief of radiating leg pain.
Dr. Douglas Chang
Dr. Douglas Chang
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