I'm curious to know what folks' experience has been with repeating a microdiscectomy. I've read and been told by docs that the success rate drops the second time around.
So - If you have two microdiscectomies on the same disc - Did it help? Did the pain go down? Did your functioning get any better? Was it worth it? Would you have done it again given how things turned out?
I had an L4/L5 microdiscectomy last year. It seemed to go fine at first, but 10 weeks out I got bad sciatic pain again. A few docs thought it might be scar tissue, but lately my second, third, and fourth opinion docs all seem to be leaning towards not enough bone and disc was taken out the first time around. So one option is to repeat the microdiscectomy. The sciatic pain drives me nuts, but on the other hand, I'm not sure I want to risk a bad outcome a second time and possibly make things worse. Thanks.