Potential Risks and Complications of Lumbar Discectomy
While lumbar discectomy surgery can provide relief, it's important to be aware of potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. These risks include:
- Infection: Like any surgical procedure, there's a risk of infection at the surgical site, which can lead to pain, swelling, and fever.
- Nerve Damage: The delicate spinal nerves are in close proximity to the surgical area, and unintended damage to these nerves can lead to ongoing pain, numbness, or weakness.
- Recurrence of Herniation: There's a chance that the herniated disc might reoccur, necessitating further treatment or surgery.
- Spinal Fluid Leaks: The surgical process could inadvertently cause a tear in the protective layer around the spinal cord, leading to a leakage of cerebrospinal fluid.
- Limited Improvement: While lumbar discectomy aims to alleviate symptoms, there's a possibility that the surgery may not provide the desired level of relief.
- Recovery Discomfort: The post-operative phase might involve discomfort, restricted movement, and the need for physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.
Understanding these potential risks is essential for making an informed decision about undergoing lumbar discectomy surgery.
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