My name is Paul I'm a first time poster but a long time follower.
In 2011 I had L4/5 microdiscectomy. It reherniated in 2013 and I had surgery again. The incision location was the same and it was about 1 ½” long.
Both times I was able to recover 100% pain free.
Last summer I injured my back again and the MRI showed that L5S1 was now the problem. After trying epidurals like I did before I was not getting better and had to go for my 3rd microdiscectomy.
I thought the incision for a L5S1 would be a little lower than a L4/5 but it’s exactly in the same location. I’m a couple of days away from my post op appointment and I’m still very sore I can’t tell if the pain I had before the procedure is gone but now I can not stop thinking that I had surgery at the wrong level.
The only two reasons I can think of for using the same incision is not wanting to leave the patient with another scar or being a good entry spot because of muscle group location in our back. Either way that's a lot of stretching to be on top of the affected area.
Has anyone had different adjacent level surgeries done at different times using the same incision?
Thank you for your help.