Hello - I am new to this forum and am wondering if anyone could offer any advise or if anyone has had the same type of issue. I recently had an MRI. After the MRI, my doctor called to tell me that L5-S1 was in tough shape and surgery was recommended. She has referred me to a surgeon in Minneapolis and my appointment is on Thursday of this week. I received a copy of the MRI results. L4-L5 was moderately affected, but L5-S1 was severely affected. Here is what was documented:
Large central disk extrusion with 6 mm of caudal migration. This causes severe central canal stenosis with complete effacement of the CSF within the thecal sac. All of the nerve roots in the thecal sac are displaced posteriorly. Any of the nerve roots from S1 and bellow could be affected.S1 on the right could particularly be affected in the lateral recess as it traverses. there is mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. Mild right faced arthropathy.
My doctor wouldn't tell me what kind of surgery she thought I would need...she said that was up to the surgeon (which makes sense.) I'm wondering if anyone here can at least decipher some of the medical terms describing my injury. I'm also wondering if anyone here has had the same type of issue and if so, how was it treated and if surgery helped.
Thanks in advance!