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Is microdiscectomy possible for me?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, this is my first posting. I am from the UK and stumbled across this site so hope you can help me.
I have had sciatica on and off for about 18 months. an MRI showed a disc bulge and I am now due to have the disc trimmed. It it has taken so long for the surgery to come around that I am no longer in pain. I want the surgery because I know it will reoccur at some point. My question is whether there is still a bulge if I am not in pain and will the surgeon therefore be able to do anything when he operates, will there be anything to trim off?


  • How old is the MRI?
    From what I understand and have experienced from the surgeons I have consulted with, they liked the MRI's to be no older than 6 months.

    What level is your herniation?

    Just be aware that there may be neural impingement.
    My L4-L5 disc impinged the nerve that goes to the leg. I did not notice it until it was pointed out to me, but my right calf had shrank an inch and a half.
    That was over the course of about 8 months.

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • Hi Paul, mine is the very bottom vertabrae, L5 S1 something like that?!?! My scan was in August and I was practically bed bound at that time. My left leg is still not 100% because I still have numbness but really no pain at all.
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