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Is there any way to detect the type of discectomy on looking the incision size?

I had disectomy and laminotomy surgery on L5-S1 for large disc herniation and foraminotomy on L4-S1 for sciatica down both legs into feet . I had a fall in 2003 and had been suffering so I had this surgery. My surgeon explained the rocedure, but didn t say if it was done by microdiscectomy or traditional open discectomy surgery. I have about a 3 inch incision. Is there any way to know it it was a microdiscectomy or open discectomy by the incision size? Also I am still in alot of pain after 3 weeks post surgery. The pain is incisional pain and a deep horrible achiness where surgery was done. Is it normal to have this amount of pain after 3 weeks after surgery and how long should I expect this type of pain. I am still having to take 1-2 percocets every 4- 6 hours prn. It hurts to sit or walk over 10 minutes.
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Diabetologist 's  Response

Minimal invasion microdiscectomy incisions are even smaller than 3 inches.

May be 1 t0 1.5 inches.

But you need to confirm it with your surgeon.

It might have been a open produced because pain is not that common after 3 weeks with minimal invasive procedures.

You may need a reevaluation of the operated area because it produces pain and difficulty in walking.

Answered: Fri, 12 Jul 2013
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