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Lipoma with thecal sac compression

23 years ago I had a hemilaminectomy done for a fatty tumor (lipoma) that was compressing the thecal sac. I had alot of groin pain and woke up one morning barely able to move my leg. There was no pain as long as I did not move the leg. This all went away after the surgery. Now after 23 years the same symptoms are back. I did not put 2 + 2 together and realize that I had the same symptoms 23 years ago. To make a long story short I just had an MRI done and it shows the lipoma has come back along with the thecal sac compression, in the exact same area. I have been getting the attacks again where it hits me in the groin and I cannot walk. At first I attributed it to something I did but then it happened again in the middle of the night when I was not doing anything but sleeping. I wonder if another surgery is recommended. The last one got me 23 years so I don't think that is too bad. This one should last me till I die as I am now 65. Any suggestions sure would be appreciated. I have Medicare plus a supplement insurance so surgery would cost me nothing.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • We would really have no way of knowing what if any surgery might be recommended but if the hemilaminectomy worked to remove the lipoma before and gave you 23 years without pain, then it might be something that a new surgeon is going to suggest again.
    Have you made the appointment to see a surgeon board certified in spine surgery to get his impression of your options?
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