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How long did people who had a succesfull outcome take to recover from large herniation removal?

Richmond_TigersRRichmond_Tigers Posts: 16
edited 12/30/2013 - 1:47 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey guys, I hope you're all doing well with your recovery and I would like to wish you all a happy new year.

I'm 7 weeks post op (L5/S1 micro) and if it hadn't been for a setback suffered at 4 weeks I probably would've been going far better right now than I am. It looks like it's going to be the worst New Year's Eve on record for me as I will be in my bed most of the time. Luckily I have family around to support me. It could always be worse I guess.

The thing that scares me most right now is how crooked I look infront of a mirror. I am pulling to the left like I was pre surgery and it is very noticeable. I'm just wondering how long it took people with very large herniations to fully recover and look back on their surgery as a success.
L5/S1 Microdiscectomy for large herniation on 9/11/2013


  • on my nervesoon my nerves Posts: 116
    edited 12/30/2013 - 4:21 PM
    Actually, mine was successful but I over did it and re herniated. I find that staying on top of my meds and lots of ice helps tremendously. I hope you start feeling better soon.
    Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
    Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014
  • Mine was very successful.

    Nearly 7 weeks postoperative, my biggest problem is muscle fatigue. My back gets really sore, especially after sitting for any length of time, but I have been free from significant nerve pain. (I do have some minor nerve damage/pain in my foot, but nothing major)
    Compressed Discs/DDD - L2/L3, L3/L4
    Major Herniation - L4/L5
    Bulging Disc - L5/S1
    "no healthy 24 year old's back should look like this without a major trauma"
    MicroDisc L4/L5 Nov 7, 2013
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