Back surgery is a serious undertaking, but it may be the best way for you to decrease lower back and leg pain and regain normal movement and function. Dr. Nguyen recommends less invasive therapies first, but you may consider surgery if:
You suffer from weakness, numbness, and pain in your legs that interferes with your daily life and doesn’t go away after at least four weeks of non-invasive treatment.
A physical exam reveals that you’re experiencing weakness and loss of motion that is likely to improve with surgery.
You have an emergency case of disc herniation in which you have loss of bowel or bladder control or sudden and severe weakness and tingling in your buttocks and legs.
Dr. Nguyen performs microdiscectomies, which require small, less invasive incisions as compared to open surgery. During the procedure, he makes a small incision into which a special microscope is inserted so he can see the disc and nerves. When he has a good view of the joint, Dr. Nguyen removes any herniated disc material and affected bone. You’re put under general anesthesia during the procedure and should expect to spend at least one night in the hospital for recovery.
Immediately after surgery and as soon as the anesthesia wears off, walking is important to encourage proper blood flow. The nurses provide you with prescription pain medications to help you manage discomfort during recovery.
Dr. Nguyen and his staff provide full postoperative instructions. They encourage you to walk frequently and be lightly active as movement prevents the overdevelopment of scar tissue. Dr. Nguyen may also refer you to a physical therapist to assist with healing.
Some people resume work and activities of daily living soon after the surgery. Men and women with desk jobs can often return to work within two to four weeks. People with jobs that involve a lot of physical labor need to wait four to eight weeks before resuming all duties. Of course, this timetable depends on the extensiveness of your particular surgery and how readily you heal.
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