Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

waitinf for a microdiscectomy L5/S1

haletopcoathhaletopcoat Posts: 1
edited 09/08/2014 - 10:34 AM in New Member Introductions
I've been referred for a microdisectomy L5/S1.
This was july 1st 2014 and i still haven't had a dates.
Does anyone know how long i have to wait,it was marked as urgent but being 10 weeks now I'm losing faith.
carnt manage with the pain much longer.


  • Does your Dr. Have any idea why the delay? Are you in Canada, the USA, or? How soon they schedule you may depend in the country you reside. Or sometimes your insurance can slow things down. Occasionally the surgeon wants you to have certain tests or procedures done before a surgery. At one time I was delayed because the surgeon did not like one of my lab results. The best way to find out is ask.

    Good luck and hope you'll have your surgery soon, most importantly I wish you relief from your pain!

  • I had a L4/L5 microdiscectomy on Friday,,, had bad back for few days then pain shooting in my buttocks leg and foot and numbness also developed a foot drop,, got all this 2 months ago went a and e but didn't send me for mri straight away until 2 weeks later when I demanded to be seen again by someone,, I was told on week 8 what was wrong with me by my surgeon were I got transferred to that my foot was now paralysed and won't recover has my own hospital had left it to late to sort it all out,,,,, had surgery to relieve pains in leg,,, went well was in pain and still am but morphine is helping a lot also on meds for nerve pain in foot, still no use in my foot but early days,, hoping my surgeon was wrong about it being paralysed and to late to save it only time will tell,,, have to have rehabilitation in future on my foot and start to wear a splint have to use crutches,,, I was so nervous about surgery my first time,, it was more being put to sleep than the surgery itself, but I had nothing to worry about they were great,,,, I haven't worked since I went to a and e but I can't walk proper and far without pain,, let's see if this surgery helps in the next couple of moths, but I can't see me being v
    Back at work till at least another few more months yet,, see how I go,,,,,
  • and it was an old school ;;open;; procedure back in the 1990s the pain relief was immediate .and it only took about 4 months to get back to almost normal .as for the length of time ..it depends where you are usa .Canada Europe inc the uk ,I had mine done in the uk and waited around 4 weeks then I don't know what the time scale is today .please try not to worry your operation is one of the more simple ones with not many side effects so your prognosis is good ,after the operation you may find ice and heat handy try to get of the pain killers as soon as you feel you can and try to get back to life and put this behind you .you should be fine for Christmas all being well .good luck
Sign In or Register to comment.