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14 days out of surgery, microdiscectomy L5, S1

Hello everyone, I am new to the forum. I am now 14 days post op, microdiscectomy L5, S1. I am virtually pain free, a twinge here and there, and a little lower back ache. I am writing because I lost a lot of strength in my right calf and was wondering will it come back? My radiculopathy had only started about 5 weeks before surgery. The herniation was very large, over 14 mm, and I just wanted to know how long it took for other people to regain function in their calf. Thank you in advance.


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    The loss of muscle tone and strength , and regaining it takes some time after surgery. I am assuming that there was no nerve compression since you don't mention numbness or tingling , but it can take some weeks and possibly a few months to regain muscle strength. It would be a good idea to make a list of questions that you have and discuss them with your surgeon at your follow up visit.
  • There was significant compression, radiology report said flattening of the thecal sac. There is numbness in the last 2 toes of the right foot, as well as numbness on the bottom, heel, and diminished achilles reflex. I just didn't mention them because they are lower on my worry list than the weak firing to the gastroc muscle. I have another follow up on Friday, but the surgeon has been wishy washy on whether or not I will ever recover this function. He just says it is a complicated process, so I was hoping to find people that have been through the same thing and see how their recovery progressed. I was a very active person and avid runner before this, just hoping to get back to it.
  • Nerve recovery is a long, long process. I have read studies that say that nerves regenerate at about a rate of 1mm per month, so depending on the length of the damage, the location of it, and the extensiveness of it is going to dictate how much and how long it will take for those nerves to recover.
    If you do a search on a dermatome map, you will see where each vertebral level innervates a different part of the body. I had my first surgery in March of 2006, and my second in August of 2007, and it took some months and even years before I found that some of the nerve damage improved. I also suffered a spinal cord injury and so parts of it have not recovered at all and most likely won't.....peripheral nerves (those nerve roots and in the limbs of the body ) tend to recover much better than those that are injured in the cord itself. Flattening of the thecal sac does not necessarily mean that the canal nerves were damaged , so you may see a lot of improvement over time..
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