I had a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 4 weeks ago for a broadbased herniation, with more of the tear on the left side. At that point all my pain had been on the left side, so they operated only on the left side. My doctor said that he could operate on both sides at once, but since I wasn't having any pain on the right side he preferred to start out small and do only the left.
I felt fabulous for almost 3 weeks and then all the symptoms came back, literally overnight. My doctor is hoping that it is just a nasty flare up that will be taken care of by a prednisone pack and rest. He also said that I could have reherniated the disk and now have more "stuff" pushing on the left side of the nerve. He ordered an MRI to be sure, which I should have sometime this week.
I am now also having pain on my right side. Its starting out just like the left side did, first pain in my hip, then the thigh and so on. If my MRI shows more stuff on the left in addition to what is already there on the right, he wants to take care of both at once. My doctor didn't want to go into much detail then, because it may just be a flare up and he didn't want to scare me.
If anyone here has had this procedure done, I would really like to hear from you. I had a pretty good, quick recovery from the first one, and would do it again in a heartbeat if necessary. I just wonder how the recovery differs if you have both sides done at once. Is it more time in the hospital or just longer recovery in general? Are there 2 incisions, or can they get at both sides from one larger incision. Any info will help. Thanks.