Discectomy Pain

Laminectomy Video (Animation 2)

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.

My recovery took several months and involved a few weeks rest then a long period of Physiotherapy.  There was inflammation in the area(s) of incision and I was constantly looking for pain relief from the burning sensation.  It was later determined by MRI that scar tissue had formed around a nerve root which may be 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 far less pressure on the nerve root from the protruding disc at L5/S1.  Overall, i’m please with the results even though ins


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