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I've had severe sciatica due to a bulging disc to the point where I have lost most of the strength in my right leg. Am I a candidate for surgery?

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Dr. Sean Kearney
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Herniated disc

Herniated disc with compression of a nerve root in the lumbar spine can lead to numbness, tingling and weakness in the extremity.
Over 6-8 weeks, there is a good chance that the disc can be reabsorbed, with resulting improved symptoms. If there is persistent symptoms at 6-8 weeks, surgery can be considered.

In brief: Herniated disc

Herniated disc with compression of a nerve root in the lumbar spine can lead to numbness, tingling and weakness in the extremity.
Over 6-8 weeks, there is a good chance that the disc can be reabsorbed, with resulting improved symptoms. If there is persistent symptoms at 6-8 weeks, surgery can be considered.
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