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herniation size

frontffront Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

I wanted to know if an extrusion can get bigger. I had an operation to do a partial removal of my extruded disc and subsequently have re-herniated the disc. This extrusion is now smaller than the first one but I wanted to know if it can grow in size by additional extrusion of disc material?




  • Spencer:

    That would be a question for your doctor, When I herniated my disk, they told me in time it could go away and grind up basically, but it never got bigger, my hernation looked like a guitar pick. Every time I looked at the MRI it stayed there till this fusion where it was finally removed. ;)

    Somebody else may be able to answer it better.

    Good Luck ;)
  • Eric is right about it being a question for your doc. from my experience only, I would say yes. A year before my surgery I had a "moderate" herniation at L5/S1 and a "small" herniation at L4/L5. But by my next mri almost exactly one year later both were "severe" and my OS recommended fusion as they would never heal on their own ad probably only get worse, along with increased possibility of permanent nerve damage.
  • Thanks for that, I will be speaking with my doctor on Friday and hoping to get some answers.
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