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Pain on opposite side after laminotomy and removal of protruding disk

gellmaniaggellmania Posts: 3
I had a laminotomy and microdiscetomy on my L4-L5 region of my back in October of 2010. Prior to surgery I had terrible pain radiating from the spot of the disk, down my left hip and continuing into the left calf with numbness in my toes. Surgery has removed all pain and numbness in my left side, however now I am dealing with a dull pain in my right hip and right calf. The pain started a few days after my surgery and has been on and off since then. Pain usually lasting for a few days and then going away for a day, and coming back. My flexibility has improved since surgery after relentless stretching and back strengthening. Stretching doesn't seem to increase the pain at all so I doubt the disc is still protruding. I do notice when I push my buttocks and hips outward I feel a pinching on my right side and increased pain in the upper butt area typical with sciatica. Has anyone else had a similar pain? Is opposite side pain typical after surgery? I know nerves take a long time to heal after surgery, but my original pain is gone and this is a new pain on the opposite side.



  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Welcome to the spine health forums. I don't have an answer for you. But I would sure ask your surgeon on your next appoint. It could be a nerve. When you find out let us know.
    Good luck, Jim
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  • Hi Adam,
    After I had surgery for an L2-L3 laminotomy and decompressions at several levels, I had excruciating pain on my right side. I had no pain on the right side before surgery. It was sort of like my right leg was numb and so painful. Extremely painful. I was told that the "nerves got irritated" and the doctor said he "hoped this wasn't permanent". It has gotten much, much better over time (1 1/2 years). The progress has been very slow as is typical with nerves. Good luck!
  • I have contacted my surgeons registered nurse who has been my primary contact since surgery. He is currently on vacation so I will post what he responds. I am assuming it is just an aggravated nerve from the increased standing I have been experiencing at work. I can do full ninety degree leg lifts as well as touch the floor when I bend over, so I seriously doubt the disk has moved at all. I took a nice long walk after work yesterday and it helped a lot. It gets more aggravated after sitting too long or standing too long which is very typical or so I have been told. To be honest the thing that hurts the nerve the most is intercourse so I may try cutting back on that, as horrible as that sounds.
  • My original surgeon did not recognize a problem after my MRI, however a new surgeon has discovered spinal stenosis around the same l4-l5 cavity. I am having a laminotomy done on my right side to make some more room for the nerve canal.
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