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Is this normal?

ErikSEErikS Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 35 years old. 5 weeks ago I have received a laminectomy at L4/L5 and also a bulging disk has been removed (incision of the disk + cleaning it out). Procedure was through the back with a tube (i.e. microscopic).

I am now 5 weeks post op. I still have considerable pain and especially in the back of my legs (calves and back of my upper legs). Since a few days I now also have some pain in my lower back.

Walking goes pretty okay, but standing still it hurts quite a lot in my legs. Lying on the bed gives zero pain.

How long can I expect to still have pain? And is it normal I keep having pain at the back of my legs?

Surgical site is still a bit swollen by the way.



  • If surgery site is still swollen then i am sure you still have inflammation and are still healing,

    Too soon probably to say if surgery has fixed your problem so i would give it months before i would worry,

    These surgeries dont always work when they try to save the disc but often it does, So all you can do for now is dont over do it and blow the disc out before it heals,

    Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • from your surgery, i wouldn't worry about it right now. Surgery puts a toll on your body and you will be sore for awhile. It wouldn't hurt to give your dr. a call and mention it to him/her
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