Disc Herniation Surgery

Discectomy is a common surgery performed for the correction of a herniated disc. A portion of the offending disc or a complete disc is removed by surgery in the back or neck region. This relieves the pressure on the nerves. Minimally invasive surgery is done, which is called a microdiscectomy.

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Can lower back pain result in paralysis even after taking treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old student. When I was 17 years old, my lower back was injured while playing cricket. That time I was also a little depressed and was taking some tablets. After 15 days, I got typhoid, so I did not care much about the injury at that time. But since then, I have been feelin...  Read Full »


Dr. Chinezu R. Rares

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you have provided, it is possible to see a fracture on the pars (the rod connecting the anterior part of the vertebra and the vertebral body to the posterior elements). The flexion-extension x-ray d...  Read Full »

Is disc herniation the cause of my symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor,I think that I have a pinched nerve or herniated disc in my back right next to my left shoulder blade. It makes me hard to breathe. Before two days, my face, hands, and feet became numb and my eyes got twitching while driving. When I breathed out, it was wheezy. When I inhaled, I had a cou...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the nerves in the body originate from the brain and it goes to all over the body through the spinal cord. You have mentioned the presence of a herniated disc and pinched nerve in the shoulder. When this happens, nerve pathways below the herniated site get distur...  Read Full »

I have lower back pain for more than eight years. Will stem cell therapy help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have lower back pain for more than 8 years and sciatica for the last 6 years. Now, I could not lift my left foot properly. My recent electromyography of left foot revealed signs of a chronic denervation of the muscles on the left foot from the L5 motor root. My recent MRI revealed two...  Read Full »


Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need surgery for the herniated discs since they are significant and you have a neurological deficit (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would advise you go ahead with surgery as soon as possible. You have good chances of recovering the lost function...  Read Full »

Why is my thumb numb after cervical surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an MRI last year, which indicated a herniated disc and stenosis at C6-C7 left. So, I had cervical surgery ACDF. Still, l had pain for a couple of months and the MRI showed to my dismay that I still had stenosis with displacement of the C7 nerve root. Also, it showed that C5-C6 protr...  Read Full »


Dr. Ignacio Antanio Magana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sometimes it can take time for radiculopathy to improve even up to a year. If your neurological function is getting worse then a repeat MRI would be advisable. If the symptoms are the same and your neurological examination is not worse then you can wait before repeating a...  Read Full »

Why do I still have pain after disc herniation surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, Five months ago, my wife had a disc herniation surgery. She was fine for the next two to three months, but again she is getting the pain. Her doctor advised us to go for repeated MRI. We are yet to meet her doctor, But, I am looking forward to know what is going on. I have attached the re...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. There is disc problem in the L4-L5 disc level. Though the pressure on nerve roots might have decreased after the disc herniation surgery, it is possible that the recent activity is causing press...  Read Full »

What would be the treatment for disc slip?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with L5-S1 16 mm disc slip. I have tried Hydrocortisone injection eight days ago which has done nothing. I have been passed between GP and orthopedic surgeon and now I have to try physio. I have lower back pain that radiates to both legs and also have a lot of leg...  Read Full »


Dr. Chandan Mohanty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear this. It seems that the disc herniation in your back is responsible for your back and leg pain due to compression of the nerves in your lumbar spine (lower back). If the pain is not responding to treatment then you may be a candidate for surgery. Dependin...  Read Full »

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