There will always be a 5% chance of a disc herniating again, regardless of the treatment a patient follows. If a patient follows the non-surgical approach, symptoms may take months to be resolved. When surgery follows through after 6 months of conservative care, there is still a chance that its final outcome may not be as good as if the patient had elected surgery earlier. There is an exceptionally low risk of surgical complications. If it does happen, possible complications include:
Microdiskectomy results generally go well. Surgery is rarely prescribed if there is only back pain, because its outcome is much more reliable if there is leg pain. The majority of patients who undergo surgery notice improvement several weeks later, but it may take months for some patients to feel any change. Pain is the first to go, followed by an increase in overall leg strength and sensation improvement. It is not uncommon for numbness to linger in the leg or foot. Many patients may slowly return to doing daily activities several weeks after surgery.
Surgery results are considered much better compared to the results of conservative treatment. There is a definitive improvement in pain relief and function after surgery. When it comes to disc herniation treatment, a health care practitioner is the best person to determine and explain the best approach for a patient who is suffering from back pain.