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After spinal surgery for a herniated disc at l4-l5 and l5-s1 how long will it take for foot numbness to go away?

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Months

For many patients, the numbness resolves .
However, it can take several months. In a smaller percentage it persists but tends to be less bothersome over time.

In brief: Months

For many patients, the numbness resolves .
However, it can take several months. In a smaller percentage it persists but tends to be less bothersome over time.
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Upto 1.5 years

The compressed injured nerve may take up to 1.
5 years to come back if it does as at all. Herniated disc surgery is good at relieving pain from the herniation, ok at relieving numbness and 50-50 at allowing return of any associated muscle weakness.

In brief: Upto 1.5 years

The compressed injured nerve may take up to 1.
5 years to come back if it does as at all. Herniated disc surgery is good at relieving pain from the herniation, ok at relieving numbness and 50-50 at allowing return of any associated muscle weakness.
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Good Question

If it was recent you have to wait until swelling goes down.
Everyone heals at a different rate and some never get rid of the numbness but there are treatments and medication to take like neurontin (gabapentin). Talk to your spinal surgeon.

In brief: Good Question

If it was recent you have to wait until swelling goes down.
Everyone heals at a different rate and some never get rid of the numbness but there are treatments and medication to take like neurontin (gabapentin). Talk to your spinal surgeon.
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