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L5/S1 disk bulge..to have surgery or not
that is the question!
I know you are not doctors, but I value your opinions. I meet with my NS tomorrow to discuss my discogram and CT results. Here are my CT results:
L4-5: a broad based 3mm disc protrusion is present, causing mild concavity of the ventral thecal sac. Borderline or mild lateral recess stenoses are present at the level of the proximal L5 roots bilaterally. There is laterilization to the right foraminal and extra foraminal regions, where protrusion measures 4 or 5mm. Diffuse right foraminal and extra foraminal annular fissuring is seen. there is mild right foraminal stenosis, with contact and possible flattening of the proximal exiting right L4 root.
L5-S1: mild right foraminal spondylosis seen. There is a broad-based 4mm disc protrusion laterilizing to the right foraminal region, with mild to moderate inferior right foraminal stenosis, but no displacement of the exiting right L5 root. Disc protrusion likely flattens the right S1 root in the lateral recess, but no frank lateral stenosis is seen.
My question to you is did you have fusion surgery and did it help? Are you better than before or worse? I really want to weigh all of my options before committing to surgery. Any insight you can provide will be greatly appreciated.