I had an L5-S1 disc/laminectomy about 3 years ago. We knew there was a bulge on the right which was not addressed during that surgery. Now, the bulge has turned into a small (MRI confirmed herniation), diagnosing the intermittent numbness I have going on from my right buttock to the back of my knee or calf.
My physiatrist basically said "No more PT for you - go and see Dr C and get an epidural or nerve block and see a surgeon for a consult." Exactly what I am going to do.
So my questions are really about what could be in the cards for my future...minimum is a discectomy. Since I have DDD at this level and have previously had the disc/lami, I am concerned that I will need a fusion. I am equally worried that if I have the option of going disc/lami again I will end up with a fusion in a couple of years anyway.
Any thoughts on my predicament or questions I should ask my surgeon?