Herniated Disc Surgery

There are different levels of severity for a herniated disc. Experts always suggest that you undergo all Herniated Disc Treatment options first before considering herniated disc surgery. If you have gone through all the treatment processes and feel that your quality of life has been diminished to nothing and you live life with constant excruciating pain, then surgery will be the next step to take.

Herniated Disc Surgery Procedure

Herniated disc surgery is a procedure known as a disectomy.  A disectomy is a when surgeon creates an incision in the back, about 1.0 to 1.5 inches, and removes part of the disc that is pinching the nerve.  The surgeon may remove a little more of the damaged disk to prevent any recurrences. The disc surgery is performed with the patient lying on his stomach and takes about 1 to 2 hours while the patient is put under general anesthesia.

Herniated Disc Surgery Recovery Time

Recovery time can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks.  People who had pain in their legs and fee usually feel an improvement right away after the surgery.  There will be back pain after the surgery, but your doctor will prescribe pain medication during the healing process.  After the surgery, you will most likely be kept hospitalized for 1 to 2 days. When you are released walking and sitting are encouraged.  Exercise, bending, and twisting should NOT be performed for several weeks, or until your doctors says it’s okay.

Herniated Disc Surgery Complications

Possible issues that can come about after herniated disc surgery are infection, spinal fluid leak, bleeding, and herniation of the disc again.  Hospitalization and surgery may be required to fix these issues.  Most people will not experience these complications.  Generally, most people will feel little to no symptoms of what they had prior to the herniated disc surgery and will experience no complications during the recovery time.

115 thoughts on “Herniated Disc Surgery

  1. senayte

    I had L4-5 microdisectomy 4 weeks ago for a herniated disc and will say that it is the best decision I could have made. The sciatic pain that I endured for more than a year often kept me out of work and simply from living. I couldn’t stand, walk, lay down, or sleep in any comfortable position. Prior to surgery I tried physical therapy, cortisone shots in my spine, a ton of medications, acupuncture, yoga and the chiropractor. Post surgery, I am finally pain free and have begun physical therapy to strengthen my core. Friends who had the surgery told me to make sure that I do PT no matter how good I feel. I too was fearful of the surgery, but once I could barely walk I was left with no other choice. I also did a lot of research on my surgeon and got 3 opinions before making the final decision. It’s not an easy one, but it definitely worked for me. Thanking God each day for having my life back!

  2. Tara

    Just had an epidural steroid injection for a herniated disc in my L4&5,what are the chances this will help it heal or should I expect surgery? I have been dealing with this pain for 4mths and PT hasn’t helped.makes it hard to work when I’m a can

  3. Tamara

    I understand what your going threw, I was hit from behind in 2013. I have been to 2 Neuro surgeons My MRI shows 2 Herniated disc on C5, C6 in my neck and 3 Herniated disc in my back L5,S1, L4, L5 and L2 . I have had 3 steroid injections, therapy and medications Muscle relaxer and tramadol 50mg. My back locked up on me in 2014 went to ER they gave me a shot and meds Cyclobenzapr makes me drowsy and sleepy I cant lift over 10 lbs nor stand or walk 2 hours in a 8 hour period. im now disabled due to the accident I went to get help at an low income agency waited 8 months they would not help there medical cordnater sent my medical file to a bone doctor his desition was he wanted to treat me with physical medicated therapy. so they wont help do my surgery I cant get Medicaid because my disability is 63.00 over the limit I only get 793.00 a month and they only give me 16.00 foodstamps. I have tried reaching out for help online at fundme.com under medical its called My Chance at a normal life. Tamara Berner I have had no donations. Talk about pain and living in bad luck that’s me im 43 years old living in so much pain I cant even go to chuch sitting there hurts so bad where’s Help when we need it the most.

  4. Edith Odom

    That s exactly what I mean. Worse than before. That’s why I have issues with surgery.

  5. tammy

    try vitamins d with calcium plus omega 3,6,9 and glucosamine with chondroitin sulfate for 6 months. I have for a year and I am doing better. body getting back in shape.

    Youngevity is the best vitamins go on there and do the surgery

  6. Fazal

    I have the same prom
    Blemish for herniated disc. I had acupuncture treatment for 15 days. I have relief from leg and back pain. I was advised for surgery also by the neuro surgen after MRI but most of the friends advised me to avoid surgery to prevent post surgery complications. I am feeling much better. I am chiropractor therapy as well to improve further my health. I wish good luck for all friends to avoid surgery.

  7. immanuel

    Thank you Kathleen for the heads up…will delay my anterior cervical disectomy and fusion operation. Thanks!

  8. Natalia

    I’m 22 and I have already had the surgery for my herniated disc . I can tell you I have been through so much pain as well before surgery I was not able to live normally and I couldn’t walk at times . I had decided to get surgery and it’s been 4 months now and I do feel so much better I am sore at times though and I do have pain every now and then but nothing compared to what I was feeling before the surgery . I’m hoping the pain I feel now is just the healing pain and soreness . I am an athlete and wanting to play my sport again but with the pain I feel now I’m not sure if that’s the best idea . But surgery was a good thing for me even though I had it at the age of 21

  9. Brenda

    I had back surgery in 2000 for a hernaited disc L4 & L5 I regret having surgery b/c Im been in more pain since the surgery than i was in before the surgery, still have tremendious pain that run from my butt cheeks down both my legs to my calfs, so i guess now i have siactica nerve problems & arthritis in my back. after surgery the Dr. said i didnt need anything for pain cause i wasnt in any pain & i only came back to him to get pain meds & i needed to go seek pain management, which medicaid did not cover it, been denied for disability cause i have no reg. Dr. that i go to I can only go to ER when needed & suposely that isnt good enough.when i sit & drive at times my hands go to sleep. Dr Lynch in cola sc did my surgery Big mistake

  10. Nancy

    Hi, I so understand! I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of six, though it clearly began at age 3. Though I was supposed to be treated by a doctor my parents refused. The result of living thru constant and horrible pain created a very independent and high tolerance of pain! It also really affected my joints. At the age of 19 I had to begin to have my joints replaced. It was unheard at that time for someone my age needs joint replacement surgeries. I was 30 while living in Florida no surgeon would operate on me. They all said ” I was too young”. Well if one can’t walk, use their arms and elbows it doesn’t matter what age you are.So we moved to the Nashville area since they have excellent joint replacement centers,

    That said I just had my 58th joint replacement surgery! I volunteer because I can not work full time. I understand your pain, but staying positive is so important. I run an online chronic pain support group which has a chat each night and that also helps. So find your own support. I have a wonderful hubby of almost 33 years and I don’t know what I would do without him!

    You can do it! I hope to here from you soon!

    Nancy 🙂

  11. Betts

    HEY! Sorry if you do not understand my sympathy. I have no lengthy details. start distracting yourself away from these issues. I know your saying know one knows and Please, you are not alone! you have yourself. You will find your answers and your way. think of it as severely keeping your self happy by finding what will make you feel good and look constantly find a distraction kind of like an adrenalin rush for yourself in a healthy form ,TV ,learning new stuff on the computer. find you and what will change you thoughts and negative thinking errors. don’t try using others to fix or lean on you are made of just you and this is your own issue. don’t ever doubt you instinct. Do (always have the best of care from a Doctor). make sure you are always respected by your doctor and others, remember respect is love have to love and respect you first. Lot’s of people everywhere have switched and fired doctors I fired one in my hospital bed and got my life back! Sometimes It can get pretty unbelievable and feel unmanageable. You will always find your way out of everything. You just believe! You will get thru this. it will pass and you will grow and change it’s better to make your problems your own. it will make you a better person. You may even have to travel for better care. with Love Betts.

  12. Daniel Post author

    Hey Amy, I’m sorry your surgery didn’t go as well as expected. Im glad the pain level is tolerable for the time being. Keep your head up and stay positive. What specific questions did you have about pregnancy after surgery?


  13. amy

    I had my herniated disk surgery nearly 3 years ago, still suffer with back pain and in my leg but i can live with it, the doctors have found 2 more small hernaited disksbut they are to small for surgery, I was just wondering if there is any woman out there who have had surgery and gone on to have children?

  14. vjones

    I don’t feel that the c5/c6 issues that I have will be corrected by surgery. But I can’t tolerate the pain any longer.

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