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Disc replacement recovery

Hi all new to the site and just after some feedback from you all.
I had a disc replacement at L5/S1 6 weeks ago. Ive had very little direction or advice from the consultant after I went back after 3 weeks for a check up.
My back pain seems to be better than before the op but at about 3 weeks I started with numbness, tingling and pain in my left leg and foot, which I never had before. It really worried me but the consultant said it may have been caused by the nerves stretching after the op??
Just wondered if anyone else had experienced the same thing and if so how long did it last?
Thanks for any advice in advance


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    I know you will find a wealth of knowledge on this medical site, plus appreciate all the threads on the forum side.

    Actually what kind of surgery was done on L5/S1 ?? Different approached have different recovery times
    Six weeks is NOT a long time after surgery. You are still a little child in terms of progression post surgery.

    The tingling pain sounds like it is coming from the spinal nerve. Now, if part of your surgery was to remove a piece of
    disc that was impinging on a nerve root, that could explain what you are going through now.

    Nerve pain can take a lot longer to recovery than the disc portion. I know that it could take up to a year before the nerve pain goes away and for some its permanent.

    However, since none of is here are medical professionals, you need to talk this over with your doctor. Ask them over and over if necessary to explain everything you should be expecting

    Patience makes a big difference. Just do what you are suppose to do and NOT do the things you should not be doing
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Cheers for the reply.
    They removed the disc going in through my stomach and replaced it with an artificial disc, I believe the old disc was pressing on the nerve. It just worried me that the new pain/numbness/ pins and neddles didn't start til about 2 1/2 - 3 weeks after the op?
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  • Had this same surgery 6 weeks ago. Having similar issues to you 6 weeks out. Can you let me know how its going now?
    -recovering from L5- S1 disc replacement
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