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36 days Post-Op L5-S1 Microdisectomy

thesilvercordtthesilvercord Posts: 15
edited 01/24/2013 - 10:53 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hey everyone,

It's been 36 days since my L5-S1 microdisectomy to relieve sciatica in my right leg. This was my first and only surgery. I had sciatic pain for a little over 3 years before I got surgery. I have been feeling much better lately but I am not 100%. I went back to work 28 days after my operation. This is my 6th day at work. It is an office job at a hospital so it involves a lot of sitting. Whenever I stand now, I feel like my weight is balanced at 50/50 now between both legs, which is great. Before surgery it was probably around 60/40, with most weight on my left leg to alleviate pressure on my right leg. I would burn holes (literally) into my left shoe soles.

I still do not have full flexibility in my right leg (the sciatic affected leg). I don't know if I ever will. It is pretty troubling, but given the amount of relief I have been given due to the surgery, I am still happy. Whenever I stand up and try to lift my leg straight, in front of me, upwards, bending from the hip, I feel sharp sciatic pain once it gets to a couple feet off the ground. Is this normal?

I don't feel any sciatic pain when I am standing anymore, which is nice. I can walk freely now, without any kind of limp. I move around well now.

When I wake up in the morning sometimes, if I slept wrong, I will feel the sciatic pain for a couple minutes getting out of bed and until I move around a bit and get the blood flowing.

I feel like the surgery was a success. I went from about "45%" to "90%". I am wondering if I will ever get to a number higher than "90%".

I have been taking a lot of magesium lately too. I heard that helps the nerve heal.

What do you guys think? Am I setting too high expectations being only 36 days post-op? I could probably lose a good amount of weight too which should help. I am a tall guy, at 6'4" and I weigh 265 right now. Before the injury, years ago, I weighed around 215.

I don't think that I have reherniated after the surgery, because I feel much better post-op. I am just wondering if a.) disc material is still pinching the nerve or b.) the nerve just needs more time to heal/or is permamently damaged to a certain degree.

Any thoughts or advice would be great. Thanks everyone.


  • I am 8 months post micro on the same disc. My left leg is still extremely tight and if I try to stretch it my foot kind of goes bonkers. I still have shots of nerve pain etc too. I wish I had some answers for you. I'm going for another mri next week. 36 days is not that long after surgery! Listen to your body, walk when you can.
  • Almost exactly HA! almost to 5 months post-op. I had a real nice 2 week stretch of increasing gym activities and just generally feeling pretty damn good. Well last weekend I stood in a line for over an hour. Combine that with some work activity last friday and sure enough I had a down week. Some LBP, numbness and tingling mostly in the toes, and swelling in the disc area. I am not worried that I damaged anything, just another loop on the coaster.

    So again, I just think its part of the process
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
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