Please could anyone who has had the aforementioend surgery tell me if contrast enhancing dye was used when they had their MRI scans after the operation? This is especially relevant if your symptoms re-occurred after surgery.
The contrast enhancing dye would have been administered intravenously.
I was recommended surgery as treatment for my sciatica, and had a disc herniation removed. Following my op, my pain came back. A few months later I had an MRI done (without dye). There was no visible herniation, but the surgeon said they do not always show up, and I was recommended further surgery.
Following the 2nd operation, my surgeon told me there was no herniation and only scar tissue was removed. Again my symptoms returned.
I had another scan, with dye this time, and they diagnosed scar tissue as the problem. As a result further surgery was ruled out, as scar tissue will simply grow back.
I believe if I had dye before the 2nd op they could have diagnosed scar tissue them and I could have avoided the 2nd op.
Please let me know your experiences regarding this, I am trying to find out what is the norm in this situation.