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L5/S1 Micro disectomy

tahliadvdsttahliadvds Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi guys, im pretty new to this and have found this site to be fantastic!

Im 25 and underwent a micro disectomy 4 days ago. I suffered a herniated disc for over 2.5 years with periods of up to a year with severe sciatica. I found my sciatica switched sides from time to time, and since starting a job over a year ago where I was sitting most of the day, the pain was worse. Mind you, during those 2.5 years I was not kind to myself. I ran, went to the gym, did pilates and such. The last 4 months have been hell. i stayed away from all of that, and was on Pandene Forte to just to get through the day. I had seen Physios, had remedial massage, exercised etc and had an MRI a year ago. I never went back to the specialist with the results because he was a moron and suggested a injection without even looking at me. One year after the MRI- and knowing the results were severe I still held off from seeing a specialist. I was so scared off from the last one. It was only 4 months ago that I deiced I couldnt stand it any longer and finally decided to see a doctor who then referred me to a neuro surgeon who suggested I would greatly benefit from a L5/S1 micro diseconomy.

I went into hospital 4 days ago. I stayed over night and I was monitored. I have since found that the severe sciatica on my right side is 95% gone. I had terrible bunching in the right glute muscle, which has also gone. Im pretty mobile and walking around. I have been on a few walks and do my core muscle clenches when ever I can. I have been told not to drive for 4 weeks, I can go back to my casual standing up job in 2 weeks, and i can go back to University in a weeks time. I had small niggles, or little flickers of pain in my right side. It worries me, but im told that its normal when the nerves have been pressed for so long. The surgeon told me that there was some bulge on the other side, but he couldnt get to it. In 6 weeks if i have any sciatica on the left side i may need to come back in for a more extensive operation. Fingers crossed. Im really going to take this slow. As i have read many feel so good they do too much. I have learnt this the hard way before and have vowed to myself not to push it too soon.

Any suggestions I would love to hear them. Hopefully my tiny bits of pain is part of the normal healing process.



  • I am also 25, I go in tommorrow morning for the same surgery, same spot. I first herinated L5-S1 6 and a half years ago, it never healed up. The leg pain was fairly tolerable untile 2007 when I herniated my L4. Since then my disks are rapidly degenerateing. Hoping this helps
  • Glad to hear the surgery is already showing positive results.

    Advice? Since you asked (well for suggestions)...
    - backs are not like other injuries...as you feel better don't overdo it. Follow doctors orders. Your back needs time to heal so that you do not lose more disc.
    - don't be so quick to get a more invasive surgery if you have troulbe in 6 weeks. Give it time. Surgery on the lumbar area is risky and if you can give your body time to heal and get stronger, you will find you get relief.
    - No bending, twisting, lifting...always be careful! I'm a year out of a revision and while I can withstand a 'hit' of losing my balance, getting pulled or twisting, it is because I have kept my core strong and don't do these things on a regular basis to irritate my spine.
    - Keep your core strong. Once you are cleared for PT, go. You may be Mr.Fitness and think you know it all but the PT team really can remind you of good body mechanics for someone with your situation.

    I had a revision.
    Not sure if I reherniated or they just left some material behind but needless to say, I had a revision MicroD. I was told by some to get the fusion but I did my homework and felt the doctors recommending the conservative re-try on the MicroD were the right approach for me. So far I'm a year out of the 2nd surgery. I'm not 100% but never expected to be. I'm much better than I was and still am seeing progress.

    I still try to follow the 'don't sit for too long' rule b/c even with a healthy spine, sitting add unnecessary load to the lower back.

    Keep up the positive attitude! Glad you are doing so well.
  • thanks for the advise. since posting that i have developed some sciatic pain the same spot. its annoying but not nearly as severe as before. im really hoping this is the nerves getting used to not being pressed. i have been really careful but its really concerning me that im feeling this. is this normal?
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