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hj_sparks85hhj_sparks85 Posts: 38
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

Just a quick Q, i find it hard to understand all the lingo on the website!

Can a Fusion be done on a disc that has re-herniated or is this procedure just for other conditions?

I am waiting to see the surgeon but wanted to know before hand.
Has anyone had a fusion for this?

Many Thanks


  • It can be done if the disc is no longer viable.

    However, if the disc is still salvageable and because a fusion is so invasive, drastic, and permanent, a revision micro-d can be first attempted.

    (a fusion involves total removal of the disc and its benefits and replacing it/them with something else)

    There are alternatives to fusion.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • Yeah, what Paul said.

    I had a microD on L5/S1. I reherniated and had a revision. Some doctors will even try the surgery a 3rd time (though it's rare). If I reherniate again, I'll consider a fusion.

    Different doctors have different opinions and it also depends on your specific diagnosis. For me, my spine is structurally sound, I just have Degenerative disc disease and my disc herniated (tore and some of the disc came out and compressed the nerve).

    After 2 microD's on L5/S1, I have very little disc left so even if I herniate again, I may not get worse but if I do, the thought from my doctor is that the disc is just bad and probaly should just come out, in which case, they'll fuse.

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