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microdiscectomy to fusion

backman38bbackman38 Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I had a microdiscectomy and wondered how long patients last until they end up getting fused. Any Ideas?



  • I have often wondered that myself. Welcome to the forum, by the way, in case you haven't been welcomed already!

    How long ago did you have your MicroD? I had mine Sept 5, 2008. I am extra careful not to lift anything too heavy and with bending, but sometimes I forget and then I wonder if I've blown it. Literally. I have a colleague who had a discectomy 30 years ago and made it up until a year or two ago before she had another one. So I am hoping to go 30 years without more problems!! Knock on wood...

    I would like to know how long most people can go without having to have another surgery, like a fusion, and also what activity caused the problem to arise.

    Is there anyone who has heard of having a MicroD and then not ever needing any other surgery ever again?

    I worry that I am just buying time until I end up with needing surgery again. Not a fun feeling.


  • There isn't a "norm" for this. Some patients experience permanent relief with the micro, while others have repeated surgeries until more invasive procedures are called for.

    Hello (my first post).

    - I had an L4-L5 Laminectomy and Discectomy in 10/2002

    - I had L5-S1 fusion and discectomy in 1/2006.

    - I had L4-L5 microdiscectomy in 6/2006.

    - I had L4-L5 XLIF with fusion in 4/2008, fulldiscectomy, cages, pedicle screws, rods and laminectomy.

    - I had L3-L4 XLIF fusion and full discectomy with removal of instrumentation from previous XLIF, and re-installation of full instrumentation from L3-S1. Surgery was 7 hours. Oh yeah...that surgery was 4 days ago (12/30/08).

    Who knows how much is related. Best thing you can do is practice spine-healthy methods - spine neutral movements, lots of exercise, building core strength, not smoking, regular stretches etc...

    Best of luck to you!
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