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Post discectomy L5

tonysdiscttonysdisc Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in New Member Introductions

I have recently had a discectomy to L5, last Wednesday in fact.

I'm a bit worried to be honest because I am still feeling pain in my hip and buttock! :S

Has anyone had this problem and did it eventually go away?

Cheers T


  • Hi there...what did your doctor tell you? I've had 2 microdiscectomies (similar to discectomy but just through smalller incision I believe). Long story short is that you are very soon after surgery so it might take time.

    They key would be to follow doctors orders which should include no bending, twisting, lifting. it should also include walking on flat surfaces every 1-2 hours for at least 5-10 mins to keep scar tissue off the nerve.

    I suspect you have a follow up with the doctor at the 2-week mark. If not, you should call to ask for one b/c it's important to ensure the incision is healing properly.

    As for the pain going away...it can take time. Remember that while the surgery was intended to reduce pain, you did just have surgery so your body needs a few weeks to recover from that 'trauma' too.

    I know this is of very little help but wanted to give you some hope that it's early on.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are still not feeling well. i have no answers for you but do hope you are feeling better soon. stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • I agree with Dnice. I had microd at L3/L4 in December 07. It took a solid year for me to get relief and I got worse before getting better.

    I think that recovery time depends alot on how long you had nerve compression before surgery. The nerve will be very irritated and take some time to heal.

    The microD did help the pain in my leg (nerve pain) but I do still deal with pain from DDD and facet arthropathy.

    Follow docs orders and allow more time for healing. If you are very concerned about the level of pain don't hesitate to call your doc.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
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