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2nd microdiscectomy

abetancuraabetancur Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Going back Thursday for 2nd microdiscectomy. 1st on 12/20 this time will be doing l4-l5, l5-s1. Any recommendations from people who have gone through this more then once?? Thanks!


  • I've been there.
    Take it easy the 2nd go-around. I was extra cautious per surgeon's orders. This means I didn't even go in a car (except to get home from hospital) for the 1st 2 weeks. From there, I kept my time in a car to a bare minimum for another 4 weeks.
    I didn't drive until week 6 and even then kept my own driving to a minimum.

    I made sure to walk for about 10-15 mins every hour and a half and listened strictly to the no bending, twisting, lifting rule. I also kept sitting for meal time the 1st 2 weeks.

    Just relax. Seems like your situation was similiar in that mine 'failed' within the 1st 3 months (I actually suspected something wasn't right 2 weeks in).

    Good luck! I'm sure all will go well.
  • I was keen to hear what other people would say regarding advice following second ops as i'm going in for my second discectomy on 14th Feb. Mine lasted just under 12 months and I have different symptoms than before my last op. Now total numbness in right leg and severe pain in left leg.

    I will do anything to stop this happening again, although the consultant said I hadn't done anyting wrong but just 'unlucky'.
  • Phoebe2010...your surgeon is right, you didn't do anything wrong. They just don't always work.

    Don't get me wrong, some people I've talked to said "yes, they did too much too soon and they lifted something they shouldn't have" but like you, my surgeon said I didn't do anything wrong.

    It could be an inherently bad disc.
    It could be that there was another piece already 'broken off' that had room to come out before the scar tissue built to keep more from coming out.
    It could be that any ordinary daily activity was enough to cause it.

    Nothing specific.

    For my 2nd surgery, they did special nerve monitoring b/c I had quite a lot of scar tissue. They also told me I would stay overnight in the hospital b/c they didn't want me or my family to worry the 1st night.

    My surgeon just wanted to take every precaution to give me the best chance.

    Good luck! Keep us posted.
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