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Microdiscectomy for a Herniated Disc

Started by rpurvis on 11/05/2010 9:54am

Hello everyone,

I am 24 years old and 4 days ago had a microdiscectomy for my herniated L4-L5. If anyone is having this surgery and is worried about it Ill just give you a brief explaniation of my experience. First off, I had an amazing doctor. Dr. Zdeblick from UW Hospital in Madison, WI. The guy is a spinal genius. I knew if was pretty serious when he mentioned that he rarely suggests surgery without trying other ways first, for me it was surgery first. The day of my procedure I was a nervous wreck, a major back surgery is nothing to be happy about.

I chose the epidural and sedation method for surgery and after the epidural was administered, all I remember was waking up 2 hours late rin recovery wanting to go home. I jumped right out of the bed, got my clothes on by myself and waited until the nurse said I could leave. My time in the recovery room was less then 30 minutes. That same day on my way home, I was able to walk into subway and eat.

The first night trying to sleep and get comfortable was very tough. The pain was unbearable, after that first night I have felt amazing. They perscribed me ocycodine in which I only used the first day. I have not taken any the last 3 days. I am removing the bandages today and taking a shower for the first time, kind of exciting. After yours, you'll see what I mean.

All in all, I am happy that I chose this procedure. The pain is probably a 1 or 2 (scale of 1-10) four days after surgery. If you have a good doctor, there is nothing to worry about. You will be on your feet in no time. The toughest part is remembering that I did just have a suregery and to take it easy, as Im ready to run around already.

Good Luck to anyone having this done. If you have any questions, let me know.

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Thank you for your post, I just came from the Dr.s and I'm going to be having this surgery. Your post has set my mind at ease. I do have one question, are you required to wear a brace during the recovery process?


What was the sverity of your herniation? Was there any annular tears etc.. Im just curious b/c I see a neurosurgeon in 3 weeks and wonder what my options will be