... persistent dysphagia, and increasing symptoms do occur. Life threatening complications such as paralysis or death occur rarely. Recovery time can be long. I read a study that concluded the average time off work to be 4.5 months. ... (4 replies)
... Welcome to the board. If you can provide a few more details about your condition, it will be easier for people to offer suggestions.
Where was your discectomy (which level)? What are your current symptoms? Is your pain primarily in your lower back or leg?
Many of us have had spinal fusions. ALIF is just one way to approach the surgical site. Others include PLIF,... (1 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)
... I had a discectomy on feb 26th. ... (8 replies)
... weeks, but lately all the stories I'm reading are talking about heading toward fusion before recovery from discectomy is even complete. ... (8 replies)
... that was not there before surgery. It felt like a constant muscle spasm. My doctor told me it was normal and it did not go away for almost 3 months. During my recovery I definitely had good days and bad days. My pain levels did fluctuate. ... (3 replies)
... than before surgery. When I asked my Dr. he said that my numbness would be the last symptom to leave but was concerned about my pain levels yet. He told me that recovery would take time, not to over do ANYTHING yet, rest and gave me a refill on my precription of Lorcet, and also started me on a cortizone package of pills. ... (3 replies)
... S1 level on August 21st and I had a question regarding recovery time. ... (3 replies)
... I have another question about the laminectomy/ discectomy recovery. I am still waiting to get a third opinion about surgery and I am scheduled for a discogram in two weeks. I was wondering what the average time to be able to go back to class after a discectomy. I start classes three weeks after my discogram and if I am going to get the surgery, I will not have much time to... (5 replies)
... went away but the pain pretty much stayed the same. I think you should call your doctor and tell him what you are experiencing. Everyone is different as far as recovery goes. Hang in there and keep us posted. ... (2 replies)
... I had my surgery on April 24th so going on ten days. I am wondering about types of pain in which people go through during their recovery? I am having sharpe quick shooting pains when walking. While lying on the couch I'm very comfortable. The pain is a sharpe nerve pain in the lower back and butt area. I have been using a walker for stability. Sometimes the shooting pain make... (1 replies)
I had a discectomy at L4-L5 on 2-25-14 so I am just shy of 6 weeks in my recovery.
Today was my first day back at work. I have a desk job and work 10 hour days. My surgeon suggested I work only 5 hours a day for my first week back.
I made it through my 5 hours but am a little concerned. Halfway through, my back started to ache - nothing horrible though. By the... (4 replies)
... I think the most important thing for you to know is to learn to listen to your body, and to assume that recovery is going to take longer than most surgeons suggest. ... (2 replies)
... Welcome to the board.
I would assume that a spine surgeon in Canada would be up on when a player can return to playing hockey, and I suppose I would go with his recommendation.
If you were my child, I would not let you go back for six months, if then. It takes the disc that long to heal up and strengthen back to something resembling normal. It is easy for the disc to... (9 replies)
... Almost 8 weeks ago I had an L4-L5 discectomy surgery (not sure on spelling). I am only 16 years old and before my surgery I played a lot of sports including hockey lacrosse and soccer. Exactly 4 weeks after surgery was my first time skating and I felt ok while I was out there but pretty stiff afterwards. About a week ago I saw my surgeon for the first time since my operation... (9 replies)