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Discectomey,Not Fusion at this point.......Better??

kyadog115kkyadog115 Posts: 266
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have a "broken" L-5 disc. It's causing numbness in my left foot and leg.The Neuro says we can just remove the piece thats broken.He thinks thats what pressing on the S-1 nerve root,He wants to do this before radical fusion.My leg is getting weaker and the calf muscle is becoming painful. Does anyone have any advice for me? In Feb'08 I had a 3 level ACDF,plate and screws, had a catheter break in my back and had 2 back surgeries to remove it now this. Will it be a long recoup period?




  • I have numbness in my lower legs and feet since 1993. The surgery did not fix that.

    My weakness has improved.

    My MMI (maximum medical improvement) took approx 1 year for both surgeries.

  • and had about 1 1/2 months of normal living until it got worse. My doc told me before the microd I should have a fusion, but couldn't because of my weight issue, so he did the microd to get the pressure off my nerves. That was in Jan, in March I went back (because of the pain I was experienceing) to find out my disk had further collapsed. That's just me though. There are lots of people out there that have them and lead a perfectly normal life. You won't find too many on here tho cuz once they feel better, they no longer come to this web site.
    You may want to get a second opinion just in case.

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  • This is just my personal opinion... But I would start with the lesser surgery. It's much better to try the minor surgery, and if it fails, move on to the next. But if it works, you've saved your body a lot of trauma... And the surrounding disc from being subjected to extra stress.

    If it's just the disc pressing on your nerve root, a MicroD could prove to be very helpful. I would say it's worth a try. For me the MicroD was an extremely easy surgery. Less than 24 hours after surgery I was back to doing everything I normally would. That's just my experience, though. You should do whatever you feel is best for you & your situation.
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