I am new here. I wanted to post my situation and to hear from others who have similar stories. I just had my third MRI today and came home to plug in my CD to find out once again I have re herniated after my second microdiscectomy/laminectomy on my L5S1.
Here is my history:
8/2014 -large herniation/horrible sciatica pain
9/2014- Surgery 1/micro/lamin/ surgery went great-re herniated within 4 week post op
2/2015- Surgery 2/ surgery went great/ pain came back at 2 week post op
4/2015- MRI reveals a slight re herniation/pain in calf/foot
So, this is where I am. Completely horrified and disappointed. My follow up is in another week and half with my surgeon. This was supposed to be a re check after surgery though will turn into something more serious now. I know I've read a lot of info stating that most spine surgeons usually will not do a Third Microdiscectomy.
My fear is maybe fusion will be in the topic....but honestly, it is such a small part of fragment poking out in my nerve canal (because I'm running out of disk space) that I'm not even sure what to consider. So many questions I have. I have heard that even a level 1 fusion could cause other disks above to collapse and cause further problems down the road.
Should I take a conservative approach? Would fusion be a good idea? Is it worth it?
I look forward to hearing from you all with similar experiences.
Thanks so much!