Quick background I had 2 microdiscectomies/Laminectomies L4/L5 L5/S1 in 2009 the second was for a failed first. With in 6 months my symptoms returned the worst being the sciatica and progressed over the next 3 years until I was refereed back to a surgeon this year. I had significant scar tissue due to the previous 2 surgeries and had a Laminectomy performed last month to remove the scar tissue,
After surgery while in recovery I had to use the rest room, the nurse was going to walk me to the rest room but once I stood up my left leg came close to giving out so I was wheeled to the rest room. I've had significant leg weakness since. My surgeon said that all symptoms should of gone away and I have had an MRI since and am scheduled for a follow up on Wednesday. Now the findings on my MRI have made me wonder if my surgeon shouldn't have addressed some of these other issues during the surgery but the following were the impressions from my MRI.
1. PATIONT IS STATUS POST LEFT HEMILAMINECTOMY AT THE L4/L5 LEVEL. THERE IS ILL-DEFINED ENHANCING EPIDURAL SCAR TISSUE PREDOMINANTLY ALONG THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SPINAL CANAL. THERE IS A BROAD BASED DISC PROTRUSION AT THE L4/L5 LEVEL WHICH IS ECCENTRIC TO THE LEFT AND RESULTS IN SEVERE LEFT LATERAL RECESS NARROWING AND MODERATE SEVERE RIGHT LATERAL RECESS NARROWING. THE PROTRUDING DISC RESULTS IN MILD CENTRAL CANAL STENOSIS AND APPEARS TO ABUT THE EXITING LEFT L5 NERVE ROOT. THERE IS MODERATE SEVERE LEFT NEUROFORAMINAL NARROWING AND MODERATE RIGHT NEUROFORAMINAL NARROWING AT THIS LEVEL.
2. BROAD BASED DISC PROTRUSION AT THE L5 S1 WITH POSSIBLE IMPINGEMENT UPON THE EXITING RIGHT S1 NERVE ROOT.
My pain is much worse than when I went into surgery but I'm dumb founded that none of these other issues were addressed during surgery. Also can anyone translate the part about the ill defined scar tissue? Thanks
Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014