L5 S1 Reherniation after discectomy
Hi guys! New here. I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this. I have degenerative disc disease and recently had a microdiscectomy on L5 S1. I was doing well for the first two months. After that, I started to have the same pain in my back and left leg but the pain was going further down my leg.
Went for an MRI and it showed an ipsilateral reherniation of the same disc only larger this time. My dr. said this is a common problem after surgery and he is recommending another discectomy while also warning me that the chance for reherniation a second time is definitely a factor.
I am wondering if anyone else has had a reherniation after surgery and how it turned out?
Also, my mother in law (an RN) tells me that my dr. doesn't know what he's doing because there's no reason to have an ipsilateral (same disc side) problem. She said it doesn't make sense. If he did the discectomy right and took enough out, I would be more likely to have a contralateral (other side of the disc) rehern. This makes absolutely no sense to me, but I'm wondering if anyone can shed any light on this subject so I know my mom-in-law isn't crazy. Having trouble finding the exact info I need anywhere online.
Thanks much to anyone who reads or responds to this. Thank you!!!