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Query l4 l5 microdiscectomy

lummicdllummicd Posts: 3
edited 04/11/2015 - 10:16 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had l4 laminectomy and l4 l5 microdiscectomy 20 days back. Surgeon said he removed 60-70% of my disc. Is it common?
I am 27 yrs old. Currently I am off pain meds and try to walk 4-5 km a day. Will I be able to recover and lead a normal life.
Pre op I had low back pain and buttock pain.
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  • Are you sure he didn't mean 60-70% of the bulge? That would make more sense.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • Fritzcrackerz said:
    Are you sure he didn't mean 60-70% of the bulge? That would make more sense.
    Thanks for reply. He said he has left around 30% on the sides for normal functioning. I am young and I am really scared. Though today I do not have much pain but I cannot stand continuously for more than 10 minutes without feeling uncomfortable. Walking and lying on bed are a lot better comparatively.
  • 1. You should be doing next to nothing for the first six weeks. (4-5km per day seems an awful lot if you are only 20 days out)
    2. Spinal surgery never restores the patient to pristine condition so you will need to make lifestyle adjustments. ( eg no more weightlifting )
    3. After the first six weeks, strengthening of your core stability muscles through physiotherapy should provide enough support to stop you blowing the disc again, provided you take it easy to start with.

    There is a lot of info on this site about recovery from surgery. It's worth a read.

    Steve
    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • Fritzcrackerz said:
    1. You should be doing next to nothing for the first six weeks. (4-5km per day seems an awful lot if you are only 20 days out)
    2. Spinal surgery never restores the patient to pristine condition so you will need to make lifestyle adjustments. ( eg no more weightlifting )
    3. After the first six weeks, strengthening of your core stability muscles through physiotherapy should provide enough support to stop you blowing the disc again, provided you take it easy to start with.

    There is a lot of info on this site about recovery from surgery. It's worth a read.

    Steve
    Thanks a lot Steve for the advice. It is the amount of disc removed that worries me a lot. I've read about disc collapsing and its scary. The website indeed is helpful and I am hooked to it for now. My surgeon asked me to walk as much as I can but I think i'll be taking it easy from today. Thanks once again.

    Sid
  • Without causing pain!
    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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