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A question before surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My surgery has finally been scheduled for 11/14, I'm so ready to get it over with and move on (hopefully pain free). The surgery is to remove a 9mm extrusion at L5 S1. Today I received the report on my most recent MRI, I noticed one confusing piece. The report stated "@ L4-L5: There is a small Focal Central Disc Protrusion with some impression on the dura and cauda equina." I've heard so many times that cauda equina problems are very serious..is this something that needs immediate attention? Thanks for your continued help and support!


  • If you had cauda equina syndrome you would definitely know. Honestly, I think it does more bad than good for people to read MRI reports because there are tons of medical terms that sound scary to us but are really virtually non-problematic. My MRI report says all kinds of things lol, but I just had my fusion on L4-L5. They didn't mess with anything else.
  • As Lo says, MRI reports can sound scary to the layperson. Assuming your surgeon has a copy then everything should be OK. If your surgeon was overly concerned then he/she would be contacting you about bringing forward the surgery - the fact the surgeon hasn't would tend to make one think that everything is OK. However, if you are unsure, why not call and ask?
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

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