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Arachnoid cyst removal (lumbar) recovery time

Anyone have any insight on recovery time from arachnoid cyst removal from L4-L5? I am a 48 year old female in physically fit (athletic) shape with no prior back issues. Been struggling with tremendous pain and very limited movement for 4 weeks. Now it's time for surgery! Any help...or your story...greatly appreciated! Thank you!


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  • Hope3HHope3 Posts: 1,336
    edited 03/14/2014 - 3:39 PM
    I am in the same boat there are 4 cysts they are planning on removing in my lower back. I have been doing some research but
    just got the news yesterday. If I find some info. for you I will post it and I also am sure there is a lot of great
    info. on this web-site as Ron pointed out. Hopefully some of the members too can give us some great in-put and advice.
    Hang in there and I will wish the very best results for you. When is the surgery exactly?
    Take care of yourself who knows we may come out of this feeling so much better.

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  • Hi Hope! So nice to hear from you but sorry you are in such a bad "spine spot." As it happens I had surgery a very successful surgery last Monday but it was somewhat different than expected.

    My neurosurgeon reviewed my MRI and then decided to leave my cyst alone because it didn't seem to be "in play." Instead he performed a foraminotomy (frees up the pathway where the nerve travels within the bone...the foramen) and a diskotomy (removes disk and ligament material also compressing the nerve).

    The cyst itself was outside of the nerve path so did not need to be removed. He says he sees many cysts...most there from birth...and often not causing trouble. My pain was directly related to a compressed nerve within the foramen...so foraminotomy for me.

    You may want to look into this option if you are experiencing severe nerve pain. Happy I can report that the 1000 angry trolls stabbing my spine for the last 8 weeks have left the building! lol

    Foraminotomy/diskotomy recovery has been somewhat painful but relatively easy. I was up walking and standing (encouraged) on the same day!

    Please, please feel free to PM or comment for me here with any questions...I'd love to be of help! And yes, amazingly...I felt so much better immediately following surgery! Hang in there and take care of you! I am sending much healing and happiness your way!
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