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2nd Discetemy...??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
HI everyone,
I had a large disc herniation at L5, S1 and had a micro-discectemy in August 08 (about 7 months ago) after physical therapy and 3 spinal injections didnt help.

Ive just found out the the disc is re-herniated. :( im having the all-too-familiar pain in the upper buttox, down the back of the thigh and calf, and in my foot again.

Im being advised to get another discetemy -same level. Im 35 years old and the Doc wants to steer clear of a fushion if possible.

Has anyone else had TWO same level discetemies? if so, what was the outcome?
was the recovery harder? do you know of any other options??

any advise ?

Thanks - Jenn


  • I think there are a number of people on here that can commiserate with you. Did your surgeon say why he did not want to perform a fusion?

    I don't know how common it is to re-operate on the same disc, but it is done. In general, the success rates fall will each succeeding surgery, and the patient is more apt to form scar tissue with each surgery after the first one.

    Also, the L5-S1 area and the level above take the brunt of the spine's movement. It gets more "wear and tear" than many of the other discs. Since it has now herniated twice, I would wonder about how successful it would be to operate on it again without fusing that segment. Another option might be an artificial disc. Other than that, I do not know of too many other options that might be available to you.

    You might want to get your MRI and whatever imaging you have had done, and make an appointment for a consultation with another spinal specialist. It's always a good idea to get more than one opinion as surgeons vary a great deal in their methods and treatments.

    Welcome to the board. You will find a great deal of valuable information on her, and nice people, too.

    xx Gwennie :H
  • Jenn I had a lamin/diskectomy on L5/S1 and while they were taking me off the table they think my disk re-herniated. They didn't believe it right away. So we scheduled a second surgery 3 months from first one. It too was a conservative Lami/diskectomy. Unfortunately, that also re-herniated and a fusion was chosen for a third surgery 4 months later. Each surgery is harder to recover from but at the same time I would have tried the same route even though mine turned out to need the fusion.
    Good luck on picking what you want to do. Fusion recovery takes a long time.
  • I'm afraid I have just reherniated, and they are trying a course of Lyrica to see if it's just the nerves coming back. IF this doesn't work, I have to get an MRI and start the proess again. How long does the fusion surgery take? How long does the recovery usually take? I guess I have some research to do...

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