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Failed Surgery

BrentB66BBrentB66 Posts: 11
I had a microdiscectomy 6 months ago for a L4/L5 herniation, and I still can't walk and can't stand up hardly. I just had another MRI and my surgeon said my disc has reherniated. The MRI wasn't pretty. It must have reherniated right after my surgery and now he wants to do another surgery. I'm shopping around for a new surgeon - probably a neuro instead of an orthopedic. Has anyone else had experiences with a second microdiscectomy, and did it work ? I'm hoping I don't have to have a fusion.


  • No offense intended, but how is a new herniation a failed surgery? There are several people on the forum that have success with a second micro D. I'm sure they'll be along shortly.
  • Definitely will not hurt one bit to get another opinion or two. Go with your gut feeling.

    Good luck,

  • yes, this happened to me too, also at L4/5. I did not have a microdiscectomy though, i had the invasive surgery. for me, it was about 6 months after my surgery that i reherniated. i toughed it out as long as i could and had another surgery at that juncture (discectomy and fusion) a little less than 2 years later. i did not consider it a failed surgery because i was doing okay after the first surgery, and went down in flames about 6 months later. i just considered it a re-herniation.

    good luck to you.
  • Micro d is an attempt to save the disc and just remove part thats touching a nerve,

    It all depends how much of the disc can be remved before disc is bad all together and have to be totaly removed if 2 nd micro d fails to resolve the problem,

    I woukd get another opinion on if its worth trying to save the disc or not, Or if you trusted your dr on the 1 st try of the micro d might want to give him a 2 nd shot at it if he thinks he can save the disc,

    Micro d is the least invasive so worth a shot before going with fusion or artificial disc replacement, Micro d might not akways work1 st time around for everyone,
    Just the nature of the beast sadly,

    Good luck. Hopefully 2 nd atempt will fix it,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • OK. I guess I incorrectly called a re-herniation a failed surgery. Like I said, it must have happened right after surgery because I have had no pain relief. My walking and standing are actually worse.
  • Well, I saw a second surgeon, who is supposed to be really good. He also recommended a second microdiscectomy. He is a Neurosurgon and said that his technique is different than that used in my first surgery, by an Orthopedic surgeon. Thank goodness I don't need a fusion. So, I am going to have the second microdiscectomy here in a few weeks. I hope this works !
  • i've had 2 on l5/s1. 4 months apart. the theory is I reherniated the disc a week after the surgery, just didn't know it at the time. I never got the kind of relief after the second surgery that i got after the 1st one. (at least for the week right afterward.) 4 months after the 2nd surgery, I had a new MRI confirm the disc was herniated for the 3rd time. It's been 19 months since my 2nd surgery, and i'm really working up to the fusion as much as i don't want to. I've changed surgeons and am going for yet another opinion in a week to see what another doc will say.

    I hope you have a better outcome than i have had.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    But I heard about to many who did not have good luck with the micro d. the first time around. wound up having to have it fused anyway somewhere down the line.
    So for me I'd be hopping to get it all done in 1 surgery. I think that being anesthetized does a lot of damage that you can't see or feel. And there are many possibilities of something else going wrong.
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • this is the main reason i have put off having one, i never hear of any great outcomes, at least i have not heard any yet.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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