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Old 03-13-2012, 05:58 PM   #4
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Re: pain in legs 5 months after microdisectomy(decompression)

I cannot guess what might be causing the pain, but one thing that is known to cause pain post surgery is the formation of scar tissue that envelops or presses up against a nerve.

The formation of the scar tissue generally begins anywhere from around 10 days to 3 weeks post surgery and it can continue to fill in for the first 10-12 weeks. The reason I asked about when the pain started is because people usually notice some relief from the pre-surgery pain for a bit post-surgery, and then their pain returns. It can be the same pain or it can feel like something different. But there is usually a period of a couple weeks where the person feels he is getting better, and then notices the pain coming back.

The only way you have a chance of finding out what is causing the new pain is with a new MRI. But, sometimes the surgeon isn't really able to find a reason. Things appear to be clear on the MRI; no nerve compression is visible, and yet, the patient still has nerve pain.

When do you see your surgeon again?