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Recovering from Sugery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I recently had surgery for a herniated disk and stenosis at L3. The procedure was minimally invasive using an endoscope to shear the disk impinging on the nerve and to remove bone spurs that narrowed the spinal canal at L3. The surgery was 4 weeks ago and I am still feeling mild sciatica in both calves and shins as existed prior to the surgery. I am able to walk normally, but am not ready to return to more vigorous activity (basketball, tennis)that I did prior to the back pain. I would appreciate any feedback on how long it can take for the calve and shin pain to completely dissipate.


  • Hi Steve and welcome to spine-health!!

    Im a fusion person so mine was a bit more complicated.
    There may be some around that have had your type of surgery.
    Best bet would to call your surgeon and ask if you should be still having the same pain.
    I would think with any surgery (QUEEN HERE) it takes awhile for the nerves to heal. So it many just be nerve pain. Just a guess but ya never know.
    So go ahead and call them. To put your mind at ease..

    GOOD LUCK in your recovery!!!!!! >:D<
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