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5 weeks post op l5s1 microdisectomy question

Hey guys. I am a new member to this site but I have been reading posts on here for a while . I have had a microdisectomy in my l5 s1 disc for herniation causing low back pain and chronic sciatica. Basically the last 8 months of my life consisted of laying in bed and popping insane amounts of pain killers. Now I am 5 weeks out of surgery and I never thought I would feel this good again. Pain was gone the second I wok.e up from.. surgery. Lower back pain and sciatica. I was amazed. I have been following my doctors orders but a few days ago I had my stitches removed. And I went home and I was laying in bed and when I got up I.felt a nasty tug.. there was a left over stitch that somehow attached itself to something and it yanked quite bad. My question is.. now I have pain around the incision. Its not like it was before. No sciatica.. no low back pain.. no tingling or numbness..but it is a little painful and I just want to know if this could be a sign of reherniation or if the stitches may have just pulled on the tissue inside the incision. Thanks for the help in advance!!!


  • What kind of stitches did you have exactly? With the exception of once, I always had "dissolvable" stitches inside with glue/sterio strips on the outside. You had stitches removed? I'm assuming these were to close the skin? I'm going to assume (and remember I have no idea of knowing) that the surgeon stitched up your muscles with the disolvable stitches. I do know that in the OR doctors use "prethreaded" needles (at least usually this is how they are ordered in the USA). Once this thread is out, they tie off this string and start with a new needle/string. Sometimes where the "tie off" is can take longer to heal, etc. Perhaps this could be the issue.

    If the incision is just slightly sore, not red or hot (infected) and everything else is going well I'd probably just mention it at my next follow up visit. If it continues to be painful or you have other concerns, call the surgical nurse. Best of luck to you!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Thank you for your response! I was told they are disolvable stitches. And that when.they were ready to come out they would just fall off..the rest of them anyway. My guess is they are still doing their job so many I tugged the inner tissue. Hope that's all it is anyways! Thanks again!
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