What is Lumbar Discectomy?

Category: Surgeries

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A lumbar discectomy is a surgical procedure done to remove a piece of bulging disc from the lower back.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bulging disk lower L4 and L5 13 1
Degenerative disc disease 9 1
Herniated disc 8 2
Back pain 3 2
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2 0
Pain in lower back 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lumbar Discectomy

Side effect Patients
Back pain 3
Chronic pain 2
Pain in lower back 2
Atrophy of left butt muscle 1
Atrophy of left calf muscles 1
Atrophy of left foot muscles 1

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Duration

Currently having Lumbar Discectomy

Duration Patients
10 years or more 1

Stopped having Lumbar Discectomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 36
1 - 6 months 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 4
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1 patient evaluation for Lumbar Discectomy

Mar 18, 2015 (Started Apr 13, 1982)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain in leg(s), pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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