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new problem. possible l5/s1 fracture

salty444ssalty444 Posts: 149
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a laminectomy/discectomy last may. I reherniated same level and scheduled for a revision this jan 11th. Had MRI yesterday and doc said my disc is gone / bone on bone rubbing and banging together and said it resembles a micro fracture.

I am assuming I will not be having a revision. I am trying to mentally prepare myself incase im told I need to be fused. Not gonna lie im scared to death and in pain. The discectomy surgery was a piece of cake. I know that's not the case for a fusion.


  • I am so sorry that you have received this news regarding your disc. Has your doctor discussed your options with you, as your surgery date for your revision is fast approaching.You are in my thoughts. Please keep us updated.
    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • So sorry to hear this. I know it's frightening but don't let all the stories scare you because during my PT/recovery of the revision, I met a few folks that were doing swimmingly well after their fusions. They said aside from the incision pain, they actually felt relieved after the surgery.

    Just ask a lot of questions to your surgeon if he does recommend a fusion. Ask about the process, recovery, how he intends to manage your pain, what to expect best/worst case, how to prepare for it both mentally and physically.

    I will keep you in my prayers.
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