... If this is a small tear, you might be able to get away with a discectomy and be ok for a few years, then may or may not need a fusion down the road. ... (6 replies)
... a discectomy on L5 S1 and a ACDF. ... (1 replies)
... Welcome to the board. Sorry no one responded to you sooner. I guess you are a trail blazer in having the Dekompressor procedure, at least among our active members.
How are you feeling by now? Have things continued to improve?
In general, it is still early in recovery. It is way too early to start feeling pessimistic! Just continue following your doctor's... (3 replies)
... Welcome to the board.
Since you are a young athlete who I assume still harbors a hope of playing your sport, it will be even more important that you give your body every opportunity to completely heal and repair itself before trying to resume activity.
Reherniation is a problem, but not a common one. It occurs in something like 5% of all cases. However, the problem... (1 replies)
... Sometimes recovery can be that swift, but, in general, spine surgeons tend to err on the side of being overly optimistic. ... (17 replies)
... I am going to assume it was not a fusion. If it was, at six weeks you would still be very early in recovery and pain could be expected. ... (2 replies)
... I am 3 months post Discectomy. After 3 weeks my massage therapist said she
was going to "pop" the scar tissue. It hurt sort of like what you mentioned.
She explained to me that scar tissue around your spine is not a good thing.
She worked on it a few more times over the first 6 weeks. My incision is flat and smooth. But when you mentioned popping that is somewhat how... (3 replies)
... First off welcome to the board.
I had the same type of surgery July 4th. I was able to follow the doctors and the advice on here about recovery. I am not totally pain free, but nothing like what you are talking about.
I to hope you haven't caused yourself more damage.
I would imagine the surgeon may be able to help figure it out.
Hope tomorrow brings you less pain. (3 replies)
... for some reason sometimes during recovery part of the disc herniates again or it may be an adjacent level that a disc has bulged or herniated. ... (5 replies)
... L5 disc. Recovery was brutal and a major struggle, but the surgery actually helped for a bit. Fast forward to today, I am 22 and the major pain began again last December. ... (0 replies)
... etty much all daily activities need to be paced and organised to accommodate this radiculopathy problem I have. The more I push myself the worse I feel and then recovery takes hours. I am now facing decision of whether to have lumbar discectomy or not. I am in my early 40's, working in an office and have a young family. ... (9 replies)
... come increasingly likely that you will not be able to do the job in ten years. The discs that were operated on will be somewhat weakened. You can have a second discectomy but then you will be looking at a fusion the next time. ... (6 replies)
... Your story gives me hope. Much like you my MRI does not show definitive nerve root compression, but I know from my prior experience that their something mechanical. From the dermatome pattern I have it correlates to the MRI findings in the L4/L5-L5/S1 region. When I had my first surgery, laminectomy/discectomy, for a herniated disc it did not show definitive nerve... (22 replies)
... As the topic states.
Noticed it during recovery from my Discectomy(l4/l5).
Was never there before
Could it be anesthetic that caused this?
Its now 18 months later and its still there, doesn't affect day to day funstions...just looks abnormal and was hoping for some info on this or how to rectify it.
Thanks (0 replies)
... I have been keeping a thread going with my own discectomy recovery. ... (1 replies)
... I am starting week three of my discectomy recovery and your first two weeks are exact to my my experience. I was told that the swelling takes a long time to go down. ... (32 replies)
... that my doctor not do an endoscopic surgery. good luck, hopefully it will work out for you. oh, yeah, my dad just had a discectomy a month ago and it cured nine years of back pain totally. no endoscope for him either. ... (8 replies)
... but the endoscopic procedure has a faster recovery time. The muscles are not cut, just pushed aside by a small tube, and the entire surgery is done through the tube. ... (8 replies)
... I have a big trip I insist on taking in just under 3 months. I don't think I can be certain that surgery recovery will be complete enough to handle the trip after hearing your responses. ... (8 replies)
I had a micro-d 11/21/06. It was L4-L5. I finally returned to work Feb. 26. I am not sure what the time frame is for a discectomy. I just thought I would add my thoughts.
My post-op period didn't go well, because of the severe nerve compression. I am still not pain free and wear a lidocaine patch. Hopefully, all will go well with your recovery.
Take care and... (8 replies)