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Microdiscectomy Both Sides at Once?


I injured my back back in January and have suffered chronic right side gluteal / leg pain ever since. It ranges from 4/10 to 9/10. I bulged right side L4 L5 and had a microdiscectomy 4 month ago at this level. The pain still exists on my right side.

My neurosurgeon is now looking at the L5 S1 level. My latest MRI now shows a bulge on the left side L5 S1 but all of my symptoms are still on my right side. There is a very small herniation on the right side, but nothing major.

Ive read that left side bulges can cause right side symptoms but my neurosurgeon doesnt think so and is considering doing another microdiscectomy on the right side. Im terrified that it wont work as there isnt much there on the MRI.

Is it possible for them to do the microdiscectomy on both sides of L5 S1 in the same surgery? At least that way i know that nothing has been missed.

Id love to hear from anyone who knows about this.




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