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Do all patients develop new bulges after microdisectomy?

Ive had 4 epidural steroids for my l5/s1 which is broadbased central and paracentral effecting nerve roots and cord (only minor). I have 2 other annular tears.

The injections failed, they worked for 2 weeks but he pain came back, 2 months post Im back to wear I was before, a small but broad bulge that leaves me with intermittient needle type pricks in both feet, dull pain in the legs, sciatica in glutes and loss of feeling of my right leg at night intermittently. The pain I can handle, but its grinding me down after 20 years living with it.

Im looking at a microdisectomy of the bulge as 20 years is long enough for it to have come back if it was going to.

However my pain specialist who did the injections said that people who get surgery progressively start slipping discs above the operated disc, like a domino effect. Is this always the case? Or is it possible a microdisectomy can be a semi cure for some people?


  • RunningBack,
    I had a MD L5 S1 3 years ago recover was easy running again after 3 months then BAM! It has recently reruptured at same level..
    Post recent MRI it looks as if my L4 is not holding up so well either and this change was not on the previous MRI pre first MD. I have asked your same question hundreds of times to no definitive answer. My surgeon basically avoids those kind of

  • I am about to have micrdiscectomy on L5-S1 disc with a highly rated neurosurgeon here in Seattle, this is one of his specialties he has been doing it for 35 years and does about 175 microdiscectomys a year. This topic was brought up by my wife. The surgeon said no, he said it wont really effect the overall strength and function of the spine. He said part of one disc being removed is such a small portion of the overall spine it wont cause other injuries in other parts of the spine
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