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How long does healing take after a L5-S1 microdisctomcy?

Hi friends!
After two years of horrific sciatic pain, I had a microdisctomcy on Sept. 12, 2014. I no longer have that pain but my back is stiff and gets "stuck" quite often. I still can't clean the floor or the bath tub. In bed, I cannot then over without that stuck feeling either.I can bend over but my back feel fragile. Is that normal after 5 months of healing? I swim each day and take hikes at least 3 times a week.

When can I except to feel normal again?

Stephanie Ross


  • I had the same surgery and every day I guard and protect my back by squating instead of bending. Brisk walks. Only lifting from counter height anything over ten pounds. When I sit I have a heating pad on. I soak in my hot tub several times a week. I have flare ups (mild). My surgeon said back surgery only would help the limb pain that my back would still ache. It improves over time if you are careful. Most spine surgeries take a full year for me to start feeling 80% better.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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