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Third Discectomy?

Hi everyone!

I'm 24, and I've had 2 microdiscectomies, one when I was 17, and then another last year at the age of 23. The discectomies were on different discs, the first being L5, the second being L4. At my last MRI just before the discectomy on L4, my DO noted that I had a bulging disc on L3, and that I should be careful.

Well I'm pretty sure I just blew L3 this week.

Would a DO consider doing a 3rd discectomy? It's only those 3 discs that are unhealthy. Those three were gray and thinning on the MRI, but every other disc was white and tall and healthy. I have no other problems. I'm a healthy weight.

What do you think? Would they do a discectomy on L3? Or would they try something else?
Alyssa Auch
24, mother of 3, two discectomies at ages 17 and 23.
Currently battling more disc pain.


  • Bumping up in case someone has some experience with more than two discectomies!
    Alyssa Auch
    24, mother of 3, two discectomies at ages 17 and 23.
    Currently battling more disc pain.
  • I really have no idea of whether or not a surgeon would consider a third discectomy. Why did the first two fail? You would be wise to consult with at least two surgeons for a more thorough picture of your options though before going ahead with any contemplated surgery.
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