I’m new to this forum - finding a lot of great information so far. Hoping I might get some advice. My MRI results showed I have a right paracentral disk protrusion L5 S1, with mass effect on the S1 nerve. I also have a posterior disk protrusion and annular tear at L1-2. I do have some sciatica pain, mainly in my glute, with some leg pain. I’ve tried 3 months of PT, chiro manipulations, massage, and injections. Nothing has worked. I’m scheduled for microdiscectomy surgery next Wednesday.
I’m a personal trainer and kick boxing instructor, so needless to say, I need to get this fixed and back on my feet soon (for the sake of my career). I do know it’s going to take time and patience post surgery. My question surrounds the annular tear. My surgeon spoke about the micodisectomy for the L5 S1 issue, but we didn't discuss the disk protrusion and annular tear in L1 -2.
Is anyone familiar with an L1-2 annular tear, and if that’s just something that is not normally repaired with a microdisectomy? I’m heading in for pre-op next Monday, but wanted to take a shot and see if anyone might have some idea on this forum.
Any advice would be much appreciated!