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Old 01-04-2012, 04:52 AM   #1
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Sciatic tightness after MicroDiscectomy

Hi, I had a Microdiscectomy 7 weeks ago. I was doing great until day 17 post op, but then developed tightness in my back around the operation area. The tightness radiates to me buttock and calf in the same place I had sciatica before the op. This time the sciatic feeling is more of a tightness than the numb, papalising feeling I had pre op. When I do hamstring streteches I can feel the nerve is tight. I struggle to sit down for more than 10-15 minutes. I've had another MRI and this showed the disc was OK. Has anyone else experienced a lot of tightness after the op, probably down to scar tissue or inflamation, if so, did it go, or are you living with it? Thanks

 
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Re: Sciatic tightness after MicroDiscectomy

I think many people experience this type of tightness. Just keep walking -- that is really the most important thing you can be doing at the moment. I would be a bit careful trying to stretch out the hamstring...just be very gentle. You don't want to cause the disc to reherniate!

Many surgeons limit their patients to 15-20 minutes sitting for several months post surgery. Sitting puts 30% more stress on the discs than standing or lying down.

Any nerve that has been compressed will take awhile to recover...often many months, even beyond 12 months. If you are only 7 weeks post surgery, you probably are still dealing with inflammation. To keep scar tissue from attaching to a nerve, you need to keep walking. Many small walks are better in this regard than taking one long walk. The distance and intensity aren't important. Small gentle walks will stretch the nerve just as well.

Even though a microdiscectomy is sold to the patient as "minimally invasive" and often leaves the patient with the notion that surgery will be fairly easy, any spine surgery is still a big deal, and can take a long time to recover from. Try to be patient. Learn to listen to your body and you will gradually notice positive progress.

 
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