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Old 03-17-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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What can I expect?

Just learned of this site and am a newbie. Injured back on job and wc is covering all, I expect. Scheduled to have microdiskectomy L3-5 in early May[seems a long way out}. Will not see nuero doc till May for questions. Thought maybe could get some advice or answers here. How long in hosp, how long recovery at home, back to normal after????
Any info would be appreciated

Old 03-18-2005, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: What can I expect?

Had diskectomy 8 weeks ago and came home from surgery the same evening. My herniation was at L5/S1. Normal recovery time is approx. 6 weeks. You should start feeling better in about 4 days or so. you should start to feel better each day after that. My surgery went perfect, but it was discovered my nerve at S1 was crushed instead of just compressed, so I have another road to travel. I have every confidence your surgery should go well and you will recover quickly. How's that for positive thinking!!! I will say a prayer for your speedy recovery!

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Old 03-18-2005, 09:52 AM   #3
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Re: What can I expect?

Thank you so very much. Have heard some horrible stories and was concerned. Rather hear the good, helps keep one "up"

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