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cloviscclovis Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a micro D on L4-L5 6 weeks ago. What are the chances that the remaining outer portion of the disc scars back over and heals?

I have read some places that if never does. Also is there any way to know if if ever does?



  • Very good chance it will heal up. Many have that procedure and go back to normal life as if nothing has hapened. So dont over think it just take some time to recover and hopefully all will be good,

    Micro d is not so invasive is why many do ok as long as person dont over do it and cause disc to herniate again, Good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • The odds that it will heal depend on you.

    1)Give your back and body enough time to recover.

    2) In the words of a former physical therapist, you heal best when you sleep. So be sure to get enough sleep.

    3) Don't try to do too much too soon. People tend to do more physically the better their backs feel. Resist that temptation. Your back is vulnerable and could easily reinjure.

    4) Talk to your doctor about physical therapy and exercises for your core muscles. Strong core muscles cushion your lower back. This is important to avoid re-herniating a disc in your lower back.
  • Hi,

    The simplified answer is yes disc can recover if the annulus (outer) is given time and adequate blood supply. The nucleus doesn't really get a blood supply and is a solid(ish) structure. The relapse occurs when your nucleus gets a blood supply resulting from the annulus tear and is basically turned back to a more watery consistancy causing it to inflame and transform and push out of its housing. The disc can revert back to its solid state if it isn't fully ruptured but this takes time.

    This is what I had written for me when I was training hope it helps understand.

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