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MIS (minimally invasive) Lt L5-S1 discectomy

SupasixSSupasix Posts: 1
edited 03/19/2015 - 9:38 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Just had some pieces that were broken and hitting my nerves causing me to have unbearable pain in my left leg removed. I was already having lower back pain and this topped it off. I did have a shot a month prior. Went to er and had another mri showing the bulge was definitely the problem and they recommended removing it.
So now 3 weeks prior to surgery;
No pain in my leg anymore but my left foot still goes numb at times
Not lifting , bending or twisting but feel as if I could.
The scar/ area is still risen , not swollen just looks like a bump.

My concern is when I can get back to normal activity and will this happen to me again?
Very new to this and have been reading and searched a lot.
Just looking for any feedback that would be grateful.


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    edited 03/19/2015 - 9:38 AM
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  • RunnerNJRRunnerNJ Posts: 3
    edited 03/22/2015 - 3:26 PM
    I know this won't help you but I've found the doctor and others can only give you a very general guideline on the time it will take. Everyone heals differently and as much it frustrates me to hear that I'm 3 weeks post op and I understand it now.

    I had a discectomy on 2/27 at l5 s1 with nerve pain radiating down my legs and numbness. I just had a follow up with my doctor and he told me it can take 6 months for my body to heal. So my plan is to take it as easy as possible for the next 6 months. I do not want to go through this again.

  • SMMkpvySSMMkpvy Posts: 1
    edited 03/27/2015 - 2:46 AM
    Underwent a disectomy 6 weeks back . Some part of of L5 S1 was hurting my nerve . Had severe pain while sitting , then gradually i had pain while standing and walking. Its 6 weeks now and I have no pain like the one before. But now last week I sat on a chair longer than what I have done postop, it seems that the nerve behind my thigh and calf has woken up with a little feeling of the pain I had before. As of now I am doing my household chores and then lie down. As all the posts say that it takes patience and time to heal, I am trying not to do any activity which increases the pain. It has left me worried regarding my future as I have been a very active person in gyming and sports. I have a query that do I have to keep going for walks or is it okay to rest?
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