Hey everyone, Today I had my 6 week post op visit from laminectomy/discectomy at L5-S1. I had a new MRI last week due to continued nerve pain and numbness in leg below knee and on my foot. I have been back at work since 4 weeks post op and the surgeon said my MRI shows what he would expect this early on in recovery with scar tissue. He showed me the MRI and told me that there was some scar tissue around the right side of the nerve but my symptoms are on the left. He continued to say that until my back was fully healed by atleast a year he would not want to go in and do another surgery. I do have DDD at the L5-S1 level, he said its all black but I still have some height in the disc.
Ok, so he says I should continue to improve and he'll see me in 6 weeks......I get a copy of the report and I see that the report says I have a residual/resolving post surgical seroma that a follow up study should be done to assure complete resolution, but he didn't mention it or check my incision or feel the swelling still in my back
And, secondly the report also states that there is mild enhancement of some of the roots of Cauda Equina on the post infusion images within the left lateral aspect of the thecal sac...........I know we are not doctors here and I am just asking what anyone THINKS this might mean, the surgeon did not mention it but should I be concerned. He did ask how my urinary retention was (I had it bad in the hospital) I told him i think its ok but not sure.
If anyone can shed any light on this for me I'd sure appreciate it,