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Will a second surgery help?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I bulged by L4/L5 disc back in 97. I had shooting back down my left leg and my left hip muscles were constantly irritated. I had a microdiscectemy and laminectemy in 98 after about a year of doing various things to no avail. The surgery relieved most of the pain, but not completely.

Over the years, the pain gradually subsided but never went away. However, my left foot and leg gradually got weaker and number. If I jog, I have to really concentrate on keeping my left foot from slapping the ground. If I look at my two legs, I can definitely see that my left leg is smaller.

My left leg constantly feels half numb and weak. And it always feels like someone is stepping on my foot, especially when I'm not lying down.

I saw a neurosurgeon and he said because of scar tissues, it's difficult to do a second surgery. Is there's any surgical procedure that can be done to get rid of this numbness, tingling, and weakness sensation? I feel all I need a just a tiny bit more space around my nerve.


  • I would suggest you get another opinion from a different spinal specialist. Some doctors give more credence to scar tissue than others. Also a new set of eyes may notice something that your surgeon does not. I am becoming increasingly convinced that these specialists tend to make a diagnosis and then it is set in their minds. They seldom rethink the problem.

    Have you had any epidural injections since your fusion? Sometimes that is enough to take down a small amount of inflation that is lingering from surgery.

    Also, there are procedures that attempt to deal with scar tissue. It could be that you have some scar tissue wrapped around the nerve. Otherwise depending on where you have compression, it might be possible to go in a scrape out the neuroforamen to make a bit more room for the nerve.

    Do not give up. Try a different specialist.
  • Thanks. I did get epidural injections once and that was the only treatment since the surgery that had any positive effect. It lasted for about 6 months. I'm planning on getting another injection. I don't like temporary solutions like this but it's the best choice I have so far.

    I'll look around for another opinion. It would be great if scar tissues were indeed responsible for my weakness and numbness. I wonder if it's possible to restore nerve connections after they were compressed for so many years.
  • get a second opinion from a surgeon who specializes in revisions. Good luck. Terri
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