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After Microdiscectomy

I had a microdiscectomy in May. The L5 and S1 nerves were being pressed against the spinal wall and the L5 disc they shaved all excess off.

I did nothing for the two months after surgery and while I did have phantom pains they went away for a good two weeks.

Two days ago the back pain and pain in the leg came back (although not nearly as bad). Is this normal? I am getting nervous that the surgery did not take. Should this pain have come back?

If it did not take, what will they do next? WIll they go back in?

ANy help would be appreciated.


L5 - S1 Microdiscectomy May 2013
Nerve damage and a disc herniation that was shaved down,


  • DNiceDDNice Posts: 1,834
    edited 08/20/2013 - 4:04 PM
    It could be scar tissue causing the increase in pain or, if you have started to increase your activity, back off for a few days. Sometimes inflammation occurs as you increase activity. As for the surgery "taking" - they completed it so if you are having issues, call your surgeon. You may need PT. if the surgeon is worried that you re-herniated, they will request another MRI.

    If that happened, they don't have to re-operate. Sometimes the piece is small and will dry up and shrink enough to not be worth a revision. In my case, I lost a huge piece so I had a revision MD and about 3-6 months post ops, saw improvement.

    Good luck. Don't panic but do call your doctor.
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