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L4-L5 discectomy surgery

Skyhawks75SSkyhawks75 Posts: 1
edited 12/27/2015 - 11:21 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi everyone I am now a week into having my L4-L5 discectomy surgery, I had a herniation that was pressing into my sciatic nerve. Unfortunately no other treatment worked and so therefore my last option was surgery. But anyways I'm doing really well and have been walking more and more everyday. My biggest question can anyone give me any insight as to when my incision will be healed? It's getting quite bothering walking around like a stiff board in fear of bending over or twisting. Thanks for reading and hopefully someone can help me out!

Postoperative Care for Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I had the same surgery in April 2014. I too suffered similar symptoms including loss of feeling in my legs, and still have no feeling in the lower part of my left leg. The incision should heal in a month or so. I hope that this is a permanent solution to your issue. I can honestly say that back pain is the worst, and my surgery was only a temporary solution.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 12/28/2015 - 5:28 AM
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  • I'm now almost 4 months since my fusion of L4/L5. While my leg pain was gone the very next day, the back pain is taking a bit longer. I was out on BLTS (No Bending, Lifting, Twisting or Stooping!). when I left the hospital and placed in a very uncomfortable back brace. I'm still BLTS and still wearing the brace.

    I'm experiencing some odd symptoms the past few weeks and having never had back surgery before, I'm anxious to see my doctor in two days time.

    Up until my 3 month mark, I was feeling grand! Lately, I'm getting pain in both hips and down my legs again. Not sure why.

    So... The incision is healed, now for the bone to fuse. I'm crazy to do something like vacuum or mop! Is even be happy scrubbing the tub! However, I'm reduced to walking only. Can't wait to see if I can do more at my next check up!
    Julie Love
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