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Facet cyst removal

hgordonhhgordon Posts: 1
edited 12/09/2014 - 2:41 AM in Recovering from Surgery
On Dec 4, 2014 I had a 45 minute operation to remove a large facet cyst from L 4/5. For 36 hours after the surgery (I went home the same day), I was nearly pain free. Up til then, for at least six weeks I had progressive and unbearable pain in my legs.
After the first 36 hours, pain suddenly returned in full force.
Originally my surgeon told me I might walk away with complete relief; and that post-op recovery would take ten days; full recovery including a back brace, six weeks. Now his response to my pain is that this is 'normal' and it will get better. So far, five days out, I'm less mobile and in more pain than before surgery. What on earth is going on? What can I do? I'm on powerful pain meds. They give some relief. But not much. Freedom - gone. I'm a swimmer and a walker. I can't even go in to work. Help!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    edited 12/09/2014 - 2:44 AM
    Any spinal surgery takes time to properly heal.
    You are not even 2 weeks out of surgery!

    Be patient, as the days/weeks go bye you should start to feel better and stronger. Physical therapy and/or any other approved exercise program is going to help you along the way.

    Always remember to follow the do's and dont's as outlined by your doctor.

    Still, you know your body better than anyone else, if you feel uncomfortable or are really nervous about your current situation discuss this with your doctor.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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