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2nd Discetemy...??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
HI everyone,
I had a large disc herniation at L5, S1 and had a micro-discectemy in August 08 (about 7 months ago) after physical therapy and 3 spinal injections didnt help.

Ive just found out the the disc is re-herniated. :( im having the all-too-familiar pain in the upper buttox, down the back of the thigh and calf, and in my foot again.

Im being advised to get another discetemy -same level. Im 35 years old and the Doc wants to steer clear of a fushion if possible.

Has anyone else had TWO same level discetemies? if so, what was the outcome?
was the recovery harder? do you know of any other options??

any advise ?

Thanks - Jenn


  • Jenn I had a lamin/diskectomy on L5/S1 and while they were taking me off the table they think my disk re-herniated. They didn't believe it right away. So we scheduled a second surgery 3 months from first one. It too was a conservative Lami/diskectomy. Unfortunately, that also re-herniated and a fusion was chosen for a third surgery 4 months later. Each surgery is harder to recover from but at the same time I would have tried the same route even though mine turned out to need the fusion.
    Good luck on picking what you want to do. Fusion recovery takes a long time.
  • I'm afraid I have just reherniated, and they are trying a course of Lyrica to see if it's just the nerves coming back. IF this doesn't work, I have to get an MRI and start the proess again. How long does the fusion surgery take? How long does the recovery usually take? I guess I have some research to do...

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