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L5/S1 microdiscetomy failed. Fusion?

DpalaDDpala Posts: 1
edited 12/16/2015 - 3:52 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi All,

Long story short, I needed a microdiscetomy on my L5/S1, as it was impinging on the right nerve root, all due to a car accident.
The surgery was completed in March 15 and I had good results for the first few months. Since around may/June ive been complaining of continuing back pain, mostly on the left side with pain running down my leg, but also still continuing on the right.

I had an MRI at that stage and the left side came back clear, so did the right.

Months have passed, not feeling any better so I went for another MRI and it's come back stating that the L5/S1 disc is back out of place n encroaching on the nerve again. So it's down to the fact that the microdiscetomy has failed.

Im seeing my surgeon in afew days and I want to be prepared for any eventuality. My car accident was 3yrs ago, I was only 29 when it happened and I am sick of living my life in constant pain.

If before the first surgery my nerve was compressed for over 12 months, now it is compressed again in the exact same location, are the odds on that I would now require a fusion?
I'm not keen on a fusion due to horror stories I've read, yet I'm also not keen on another microdiscetomy. If the last one has failed, who's to say this one won't, and I don't want to be putting myself in the position where I've had to many surgery's on my spine.

Im now 32, havnt worked for over a year, suffering from depression as I used to be a fitness fanatic yet now I'm in pain if I pick up over 5kgs, i just want to get my life back on track



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  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 142
    i have an L3-4 compression on the nerve root. I am 55 and had a micro d 2 1/2 yrs ago. Now my disc is compressing nerve root with horrible leg pain. I saw the neurosurgeon and he recommended getting a few more opinions. In my case he said another micro d could help but that I should try some epidurals first and see if it will heal. I had the first one yesterday and will get a second opinion next week.
    I also have been flat on my back in bed or on a couch! No way to live this time of year.
    I also feel your pain and question what route will fix the problem so I don't keep having the disc herniate.
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