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Micro-D yesterday

ibivyiibivy Posts: 28
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey folks.

I appreciate this forum like nothing else, especially today.

I had a lumbar micro-discectomy at the L4-5 level yesterday. Everything has been going well, and while the pain is definitely there and hard-core, it's tolerable.

I live with my partner, but thankfully my mom flew from my home state to stay with me this week. A few hours ago I found that one of my cats had tapeworms, and as I've been in the animal care field for years, I immediately jumped into as much action as I could, noting what needed to be done and calling in an order for de-wormers.

And then I realized I had been on my feet for too long, and while I'm doing my hardest not to twist/turn/pick anything up/use correct movements in any bending.... it's scary! I don't expect this to be the magic bullet, I have a multitude of other spinal issues that are complicating... but gahh! I became instantly horrified at the idea of re-herniating. So now I'm on bed, icing for a bit, and putting in a movie.

...and reading other posts on micro-d surgeries, and getting confidence from those of you that did not say "so I re-herniated after 24 hours" or some such thing. Might sound a bit crazy, worrying about things like that, but I guess I needed a bit of reinforcement.

Thanks everyone- for all your sharing, stories, and thoughts.



  • thats great things went well. get the pet squared away and everything will be good. i was just curious about your procedure. did they knock you out or just use local anesthesia? also how long did it take.
  • Hi Pete.

    The surgery itself lasted approximately 90 minutes. I was under general anesthesia.

    I'm a graduate student, and luckily have access to a huge number of journals, so I spent the month prior to surgery devouring all related or somewhat-related articles related to surgery, my issues specifically, other treatments, etc. etc.

    The most common range I'd seen for microdiscectomies was 45 to 75 minutes. I haven't read of any that used only local anesthetics, although that's not to say they're not performed.

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