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What symptoms should worry me after the intervertebral disc excision surgery?

After you are discharged, you should pay attention to some symptoms which might indicate that you are starting to develop complications.

Herniated or ruptured discs in the lumbar, cervical, and thoracic sections of the spine are typically treated through intervertebral disc excision surgery.

The surgeon removes the protruding part of the intervertebral disc, along with other fragments disturbing the nerve root or spinal cord, through methods like:

  • open surgery
  • microscopic surgery (microdiscectomy)

It is not abnormal if a minimally invasive procedure is not completed and for a second procedure or open surgery to be required afterward.

You should call your doctor right away if after intervertebral disc excision:

  • the incision starts separating
  • you have a fever that exceeds 101° F
  • you see any signs of infection
  • you feel increasing pain or swelling
  • you have drainage at the incision site

Risks and complications associated with intervertebral disc excision surgery

As with any medical procedure, minimal or complex, there are risks that may include:

  • unexpected blood loss during the procedure
  • adverse reaction to the anesthetic
  • localized infections
  • persistent postoperative pain

The odds are increased for people with pre-existing health conditions to develop complications, such as:

  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • nerve damage
  • bowel/bladder incontinence
  • a buildup of fluid in the lungs
  • deep vein thrombosis

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/