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Back Surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am very glad that I have found this site. Any help from all would be appreciated. I'm confused a bit on microdiscectomy. At the beginning of this year I had surgery for severe pain in my right leg that had started in Aug. From the copy of doctors report, it says "microdiscectomy & removal of right L5-S1 disc". When I asked about this at follow-up I was told the disc was shaved not completely taken out. The problem reoccured within months later. I have a small frame and was told it may heal on it's own but it didn't. I recently went in for repeat surgery "L5-S1 disc removal ans posible fusion". Uppon followup I was told disc was removed and now waiting to see if the vertebraes will fuse naturally. My question is can this be down without repalcing the disc with something such as metal or teflon or whatever they use? Any help in this would greatly be appreciated. I thank you in advance.


  • for the vertebrae to fuse on their own. It's optimal to have the disc space preserved to prevent any resulting compression from putting pressure on the nerve roots, but if your vertebrae stay clear of the nerve roots, you should be okay. If you are still having significant pain, this can be an indication that your nerves are being pinched. If you are relatively pain free, the bones can fuse on their own in time.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Thank you Linda
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  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Linda is right. Most often they use something in the space where the disc was - there are a variety of different procedures used. You can contact the hospital where you had surgery and ask them for the Operative Report. That will tell you what the surgical outcome was and what they used. Always good to have this in your files if you ever see another doctor again for back stuff.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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