I had a lumbar laminectomy / discectomy on the L5-S1 around 8-9 months ago for some pretty painful sciatica?

I had a lumbar laminectomy / discectomy on the L5-S1 around 8-9 months ago for some pretty painful sciatica shooting down my left leg from my gluteal region. I was doing pretty well until last week, and noticed that I had some sensitivity behind my outer left knee. The sensitivity is not debilitating, but really notable. Could I have possibly re-herniated? or can this be corrected? I have not had any pain yet from my gluteal region nor my lower back.

I have just started my gabapentin treatment again, I also had an occurrence today when I coughed and my upper left gluteal region issued me some sharp pain. Am I experiencing a recurrence of a herniated disc again?

3 Comments on “I had a lumbar laminectomy / discectomy on the L5-S1 around 8-9 months ago for some pretty painful sciatica?

  1. Most probably thos could be a recurrence, however you should be examined for piriformis syndrome.
    An orthopedist can make se tests to confi diagnosis.
    I recommend physiotherapy

  2. Hi..
    As per the researches there are 5-15% chances of lumber disc herniation after lumber discectomy..
    If symptoms are appearing to recur you should get them investigated so that it can be managed at the earliest..

    Hope this helps..

    Regards.

  3. Hi
    My opinion the pain you described is varicose veins related and it is not a back problem, other possibility is knee osteoarthritis, so I need your age , job description and daily activities to help you more
    Good Luck

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