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11 weeks post op going in for MRI, should it be with contrast injection or without?

Richmond_TigersRRichmond_Tigers Posts: 16
edited 01/22/2014 - 9:27 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey guys,

I'm almost at 11 weeks post L5/S1 microdiscectomy and I'm going in to have an MRI next week to see if I've reherniated, the girl that I spoke to at the MRI place said that the radiologist would determine whether I need a contrast injection or not.. My surgeon just ordered an MRI (didn't say anything about contrast) so what I wanna know is would it be better to have the injection or not?

All my previous MRI's before my surgery were done without contrast injection.

Thanks in advance
L5/S1 Microdiscectomy for large herniation on 9/11/2013


  • I've never had an MRI with contrast if it was only for the purpose of getting images. The only time I've had to had a contrast injection is when they are giving me a cortisone shot and they need to accurately visualize the injection site, or for my discogram. That's just me, though and who knows what your surgeon wishes to see. I'd call ahead and ask, but if you're asking because you're nervous about the injection, you don't have to be anxious; it's pretty innocuous and pain free, as they'll probably give you some lidocaine.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • Richmond_TigersRRichmond_Tigers Posts: 16
    edited 01/24/2014 - 3:49 PM
    Thanks for the reply :)

    I contacted my surgeons office and his PA told me that he generally leaves it up to the radiologist to decide whether I have a contrast injection or not. I just hope I haven't reherniated and am hoping that it's just something minor like inflammation.
    L5/S1 Microdiscectomy for large herniation on 9/11/2013
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