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How advisable slipped disk surgery? Especially pinch ED nerve thank you
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Pain Will guide you
If you cannot live with the pain in your current condition or you have weakness, then surgery may be the best option for you.
Most microdiskectomies are very successful- but don't go into any surgery without carefully considering it. Many people get over a herniated disk in 3-4 months without surgery. Don't let yourself get too bad before you do something. Talk to your surgeon- he will help you.

In brief: Pain Will guide you
If you cannot live with the pain in your current condition or you have weakness, then surgery may be the best option for you.
Most microdiskectomies are very successful- but don't go into any surgery without carefully considering it. Many people get over a herniated disk in 3-4 months without surgery. Don't let yourself get too bad before you do something. Talk to your surgeon- he will help you.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
In the right hands a lumbar microdiscectomy is a very successful operation. The results are typically quite good and the risks are quite small but not zero.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
When conservative care fails, a microdiscectomy is a great treatment option. If the pain and/or weakness becomes progressive, or associated with bowel or bladder dysfunction, the need for surgery may become emergent. Make sure your doctor reads the MRI films, not just the report, to understand the severity of the pathology and guide you appropriately.
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