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Old 08-11-2004, 05:59 PM   #1
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large annular tear, how long to heal?

I have a large annular tear on L4/L5 from top to bottom. A chunk of disc was sitting in the opening and the doc removed it. He says it will now have a chance to heal. He told me 6 weeks, but I am leary of believing that because I've had this pain for over 2 years. I HOPE this surgery did the trick, but just don't trust it, as I am still in pain. Not spine pain like before, but aching. Anyone had luck healing such a large tear and how long did it take? I am still not sitting 6 weeks post op just to make sure I don't reherniate more material out. any advice?? Thanks in advance.

Old 08-11-2004, 09:31 PM   #2
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I am sorry your still in pain. But if it is different than before surgery, that might be a good sign and mean that is just sore because of the surgery. For all long does it take, well that all depends some people heal slower than others, and to me 6 weeks still is in the early stages of healing. After I had my microdiscectomy, I went back to work in 11 weeks with a little bit of pain, but unfortunately it reherniated two more times.. I hope the pain subsides for you.. Hugs..StarAngel

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