x
Browse
200 Physicians Online

Question:

Lumbar Surgery Potential Risk

Dear Ask The Doctor:
What are the risks of lower back surgery and removal of a disc. and is there any damage to muscles etc. when surgery is done


Answer:

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved in removal of a disc from the lower back (Lumbar Discectomy). The potential complications vary somewhat depending on the surgical technique employed to remove the disc. The following are some of the common complications:

Intraoperative bleeding
Infections
Leg pain and numbness
Persistent symptoms

Though these complications are possible, they do not occur in every patient. In fact, the complication rate for lumbar discectomy is only 2-4%. Significant damage to muscles does not occur in this procedure.
 



Sign In to join in the conversation.

You’re in good hands, meet ATD’s founding physicians.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • Board Certified GP
  • CMO ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Adjunct Professor at U Of T

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Director ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Fellowship Training Atlanta, GA

Related Answers:

I am looking for some info on my recent test results. I originally sought an opinion after some discomfort. I am a ...

I have this really uncomfortable pain in my lower left abdomen(and lower left back) and have difficulty bending and ...

Hello, My name is Hunter and I am a 15 year old male. I weigh 220 pounds and I am 6 feet 2 inches tall. I have lower ...

I hurt my back a few days ago and it hurts my hip also and i don't know if i hit a nerve or something. It hurts reall...

I had lower back surgery 7-14 for a herniated disk which caused numbness and "core" pain in my right leg, n...

I was diagnosed with scoliosis, but i seem to be getting pain where the curvature does not occur, is this supposed to...

I do heavy lifting in the gym every alternate day. But recently, I have mild pain in the left testicular area, which ...

Hello Sir/Madam I am having severe back pain problem from last 5 moths. Sometimes its bearable and sometimes its not...

Our 10 yr old son has been having low back pain and discomfort for about 6 months. Initial X-ray showed nothing. Stil...

Do I muscle strain or something more serious? Lower back, hip or buttock pain - ranging from dull and burning to stab...