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recovery after back surgery

angler1960aangler1960 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Recovering from Surgery
i had a left L5/S1 Decrompression and Microdisectomy and L+ L5 Decrompresion nearly 5 weeks ago. I still have a lot of pain in my left leg and some pain in my back. I walk about but cant manage this for too long without having to sit,lie down. I just wondered whether this is normal?I thought maybe i should be feeling less pain now. I am concerned about how long it will be before i can return to work as i really do need to, only work part time ,am single parent so is a must i have to return asap.


  • Depends on how bad the herniations were, whether there were tears, how badly nerves were impinged. Add to that what shape you are in, your age, etc.

    After a microd at L5-S1 I felt better after 2 weeks. Not better, as in, go to work and return to my life. Better as in it didn't hurt bad all the time. I returned to work by working from home on my back with my laptop after 4 weeks. By 6 weeks I was in PT and walking a lot. My recovery went well. I still had some numbness in my foot and some leg and hip pain. That takes a very long time for the nerves to heal after.

    Your return to work is dictated by your surgeon and how well he feels you are healing. After a microd you have to be very careful. The re-injury rate is high enough that you need to be careful about pushing and protect your back at all costs. I can appreciate you being a single parent. That has to be tough. Just be really careful about B,L,T. Don't mess it up.
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