Discectomy Pain


In September of 2011, I underwent a Laminectomy for a herniated disc at L5/S1.  The operation was performed by a Neurosurgeon who advised decompression to alleviate a large herniated disc applying pressure to a nerve root.  He also performed another procedure unrelated to the L5/S1 disc issue which I won’t discuss at the moment.  The entire procedure lasted approximately 5 hours and I stayed one night at the hospital.

Recovery took several months and involved a few weeks rest then a long period of physiotherapy.  There was inflammation around the incision and I was constantly looking for pain relief from the burning sensation.  I later found out through an MRI that scar tissue had formed around a nerve root which was most likely the cause of the burning.

It’s taken several years for the pain to settle down from the Laminectomy and follow up imaging shows that there is less pressure on the nerve root from the protruding disc at L5/S1.  Overall, I’m pleased with the results even though it’s taken years to get relief.

It’s recently been reported that a new, minimally invasive procedure has been pioneered by Dr. Rad Payman at the Advanced Spine Institute.  “A microlaminectomy will remove a smaller amount of bone than is commonly removed in the standard procedures. This approach will relieve pressure on the spinal cord and lumbar nerves but will help maintain the maximum possible spine stability and strength”.


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