Re: Hip and groin pain after discectomy
I don't know how much you are walking, but it could be contributing to your pain. Walking is the most important thing you can do post surgery. It helps to stretch out the spinal nerves which helps to keep scar tissue from attaching to them as it develops and fills in post surgery.
I would suggest you take short, frequent walks throughout the day and evening, rather than one or two longer walks. At this point the distance or speed you walk is not important. It is more important to keep those nerves moving every so often.
Hip pain is very common after lumbar surgery. I think part of it is the realignment of the spine, and the postural changes, too. We all compensate to some extent when dealing with a lumbar problem.
People often develop some tenderness in the piriformis muscle. This is a long muscle that runs across the buttock and has its attachment over by the hip. After my first fusion I thought I was having problems with a hip as it was so painful...but it was the piriformis pulling at the attachment site. The sciatic nerve runs directly underneath the piriformis, so if there is any tautness in the muscle, or inflammation, it can irritate the sciatic nerve.
Also the surgeon may have had to tug a bit on a nerve if there was some compression...or it may have been bumped or...it is just irritated from all the disturbance going on around it. Nerves are very finicky.
Just keep following your doctor's instructions and walking. You'll get better as you recover.