Discectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the injured portion of the herniated disc, which compresses against the adjacent nerves causing radiating pain in the arms and legs. In addition, it helps alleviate the spinal nerve pressure imposed by the herniated disc. It is advised in patients when walking or standing is challenging or if physiotherapy is ineffective or the pain is unbearable.

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Do I need surgery for compressed nerve and back pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I suffered a back injury at work nine months ago while lifting an order of 20 batteries weighing 44 pounds each. When I lifted the last battery of the order, I felt a sharp pain in my lower back and my left leg that made me collapse, and I was rushed to the hospital. I have seen a number o...  Read Full »

Dr. Solanki Chirag Natwarbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, I would suggest you undergo endoscopic or microsurgical discectomy surgery for your back pain as soon as possible without further delay. You can also consider disc replacement as an option. Regarding your symptoms, I would like to tell you that we human beings ...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain and numbness in my left buttock and foot after a left L4-L5 Metrx microdiscectomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 66 years old. Three months back, I had a left L4-L5 Metrx microdiscectomy. A postoperative complication was STEMI with cardiogenic shock requiring emergency PCI with multiple Vfib arrests. I was given several drugs, that included Heparin, and hospitalized for 20 days. I have pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Ideally, after an L4-L5 matrix microdiscectomy, you should get pain relief. However, there can be limitations to L4-L5 surgery as it is one of the lowest weight-bearing discs of the body. There can still be chances of symptoms despite a su...  Read Full »

Do I need surgery to resolve the protrusion felt in my lower back?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a protrusion in my lower back, and my local doctor suggests surgery. I am a sports person, and I have previously recovered from such issues with physiotherapy and exercise. Is there an absolute necessity to go for surgery? When I stand upright, I have pain in the left hamstring, lik...  Read Full »

Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is there any history of numbness or tingling sensation in your legs and feet? Do you have any other symptoms suggesting neurological deficit, as per your doctor? Look, you can give a trial of conservative treatment, but there is a high chance of recurrence of the sam...  Read Full »

Can discectomy be done for slipped disc?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old girl and I have a slipped or bulged disk in my lower back. I have had this injury going on for four months. I have been through physical therapy and that did not work. My doctor was talking to me about surgery. So I researched and found a surgery where they go in and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pankaj Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Surgery for bulging disc is only indicated if pain in back is servere and not relieved by physiotherapy, then you need fusion surgery or if you have moderate to severe leg pain because of nerve compression causing decreased mobility, then you need discectomy. Chance...  Read Full »

What is the abutment of nerve root?

Query: Hi doctor,I am just wondering what is abutting and abutment of the nerve root means in a back issue. Please explain. What treatment is required for annular bulging and tear?  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. Abutment of nerve root means that the disc is touching the nerve root. Treatment of disc bulge alone is mostly non-surgical means. If there is annular tear, then you will...  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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