I had a L4/L5 microdiscectomy last May, which seemed to fix the sciatica in both legs till about August when the sciatica returned. The post-surgery MRI showed some scarring but no reherniation. Since then I had some epidurals and have been taking meds to deal with the pain - the assumption by my pain management doc was that the scarring was the problem.
However, two docs I spoke with (one neuro, one ortho) commented that my post-surgery MRI showed a lot of disc still compressing the nerve and that more disc/bone could have been taken out to relieve pressure on the nerve. One of the docs was conservative and suggested living with it (I'd be miserable but safe from surgical mishaps), the other suggested doing a microdiscectomy and using an xstop spacer to keep room open for the nerve (he guessed 60% chance of improvement). He acknowledged that I'd be his youngest xstop patient ever (I'm 35).
(1) Has anyone on the board had success with xstop? Of course, I'm also curious to know if people have had bad luck with it, too.
(2) Since xstop is approved for patients over 50, has anyone younger had it suggested to them as an option? I was surprised when the doc proposed it to me.
(3) Any other thoughts people have?