I herniated L5-S1 back in August and had a microdiscectomy.
- 2 weeks post-op the PA looked surprised when I said I didn't feel any better but assured me not to worry.
- 6 weeks post-op I told dr. I felt just as lousy as before the surgery and I felt something wasn't right. He assured me that I was making progress and was just slow but that he'd see me again at week 11. He prescribed Prednisone/steroid and sent me on my way.
- week 10.5 changed my appt and told him I almost came in at week 8 b/c as soon as the steroid ran out, I felt just as lousy. He again assured me I was progressing just slowly. I told him sorry but I just didn't feel right. He said he'd send me for another MRI for peace of mind.
Well . . the results indicated likely reherniation.
My doctor said based on what I told him and based on the images, it appears I did this within the 1st 2 weeks before the scar tissue had a chance to form.
He indicated he believes that I will be successful on 2nd surgery b/c of scar tissue. He told me that if it slips a 3rd time, most doctors will suggest fusion.
I guess the good news is the re-do is free since I've met my deductable this year.
I guess I am wondering
- can they really tell based on the image that I reherniated it early on based on how scar tissue formed?
- would you use the same doctor or pick a new doctor?
- I went to a orthopedic doctor and am getting a 2nd opinion from a neurosurgeon . . but I know this could have happene regardless of doctor b/c I spoke to someone who had this happen and she had a neurosurgeon do the surgery. I guess my biggest question is . . what should I ask for to knwo that a doctor will take my concerns seriously post-op? Next time I won't wait the full 3 months if I'm not doing well so I'm just looking for advice on how to pick a doctor.
oh, I guess the other good news is I have a lot of vacation time to use to while it's not a good time to be missing work, I have enough sick and vacation days to ensure I am VERY careful this time. I will not drive, I will not bend, I will not go back to work, or anything too quickly.