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Post Microdiscectomy

I am a 18 year old female 7 weeks post L5-S1 microdiscectomy. Before my surgery I had pain running down my left buttock, hip, and all the way down my leg into my foot. Immediately after surgery my leg pain was gone. A couple weeks ago I started having pain in my hip. Today I have started having a lot of pain in my back at the incision. Also I am having pain running down my left leg. I have started having pain on the right side of my buttocks which is new. When I went to my Dr. for my six weeks check up complaining of hip pain, he told me that I was doing too much in therapy. Now that I'm done with therapy and I'm having new problems, my fear of re-herniation seems more and more like reality. I just wanted to get some feedback from anybody who might have been through this.


  • I had a microdiscectomy on June 21st. on my L4/L5. I had immediate relief of my left leg pain for about 3 days. It came back a little but I didn't worry since everyone told me that it takes a while for nerves to heal. About 2 weeks after surgery I rolled my ankle while walking. My leg was very sore for the next several weeks. I too was worried. My Dr put me on steroids for 6 days. Unfortunately it didn't help with the pain. When I went to my 5 week follow up appt I still had a lot of pain in my leg. I was sent for another MRI. I just found out today that my L4/L5has re-herniated. I am just sick about this. I have been off work for 6 weeks and am now facing another surgery. I am meeting with my Dr next Monday to sit down and discuss this. I just don't know what to do. I may have to go through this all over again and will be forced to be off work for at least another 4 or 5 weeks. The nurse at the office told me that yes, it can happen but in only about 5 percent of the cases. I can't believe that I am 1 of the 5 percent. I'm trying to be positive though and have faith that I can get through this second surgery and this time I will be 1 of the 95 percent success stories.
    Micro-D June 21,2013
    Micro-D August 30,2013
    L4-L5 Fusion October 1,2013
  • I hope you have a better outcome this time. I know it must be frustrating being this far along in the recovery and having to start again. I'm surprised that it only happens in 5 percent of patients. Almost everybody I have talked to has had to have the surgery again because of a re-herniation.
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