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L4/5 microdisectomy

Hi,I'm trying to find out if there is any body out there that has had this surgery.I had my surgery on 5/12/17,and I'm now 7 weeks post opp. The problem is that I cannot sit at all with out immediate pain in my buttock.I am walking every day,and things are much better than before I had the  surgery.may be things are just healing,but I'm worried it has not worked.



  • 12/5/17 (assuming that’s correct) isn’t even quite six weeks out. 

  • hi mark2

    welcome to spine-health

    well done on the walking daily, a brilliant thing to follow in recovery and recommended by many surgeons/physios, including mine.

    my surgeon also told me to only perch for 6 weeks after surgery for meals and trips to the bathroom and to spend the rest of the time walking, standing or laying down.  he told me my disc was vunerable and could be for 3 months after surgery while it healed over.  sitting puts immense pressure on the lumbar area, so probably why you are feeling pain.

    however if you are worried, contact your medical team for advice about this.  maybe you have your follow up appointment soon, so make notes and share at your appointment.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
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  • johnny63jjohnny63 Posts: 2
    edited 01/16/2018 - 3:49 AM

    Just had L2 microdiscectomy jan 9 at LaserSpineInstitute. Although the hideous leg pain I had when initially DX in October was gone, ( P.T.did traction) I wanted the herniated disc material out of my life to avoid " flare-up".....i was told at my 3rd appt for epidural injection to return " when it flares up" . NOT!    I realize there is always the risk of re-herniation but I couldn't mentally " live with" it. The surgeon I had does no less than 1000 of these proceedures per year- . I need a more invasive proceedure to correct a worsening L5-S1 Spondylolisthesis I've suffered with since age 13 which is the main source of my chronic back pain. I  am now 54. I would get another opinion if you continue to suffer!  

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