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L5 S1 Reherniation after discectomy

laurenv2003llaurenv2003 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi guys! New here. I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this. I have degenerative disc disease and recently had a microdiscectomy on L5 S1. I was doing well for the first two months. After that, I started to have the same pain in my back and left leg but the pain was going further down my leg.

Went for an MRI and it showed an ipsilateral reherniation of the same disc only larger this time. My dr. said this is a common problem after surgery and he is recommending another discectomy while also warning me that the chance for reherniation a second time is definitely a factor.

I am wondering if anyone else has had a reherniation after surgery and how it turned out?

Also, my mother in law (an RN) tells me that my dr. doesn't know what he's doing because there's no reason to have an ipsilateral (same disc side) problem. She said it doesn't make sense. If he did the discectomy right and took enough out, I would be more likely to have a contralateral (other side of the disc) rehern. This makes absolutely no sense to me, but I'm wondering if anyone can shed any light on this subject so I know my mom-in-law isn't crazy. Having trouble finding the exact info I need anywhere online.

Thanks much to anyone who reads or responds to this. Thank you!!!


  • Kwilson400KKwilson400 Posts: 42
    edited 07/15/2012 - 3:23 PM
    Good luck
    June 2011 L5-S1 Lamenectomy/Discectomy
    Dec. 2011 Repeat L5-S1 Lamenectomy/Discectomy
    June 2012 New tear L5-S1 w/ Perm. Sciatic Nerve Damage
    Currently- restrictions (including no work duties) for a min. of 3 months to allow disc time to heal
  • Quick history...

    herniated l5-s1. nothing helped. lots of tingling/numbness in my right leg. microdisectomy / laminectomy june 2010.

    1 week later, re-herniated the disc. (thanks to constipation due to the pain meds... but that's another story.)

    4 months after the 1st surgery, went in for revision. same surgery the second time. woke up from that one with the back of my right leg completely numb. doc blamed it on him trying to clean adhesions off the nerve which was in really bad shape. he said the feeling would come back. (and for the most part it has.)

    well, 4 months later, still having pain, and problems. next MRI... herniated for the 3rd time. that was about a year and a half ago.

    In the meantime, i've managed to live with the pain, numbness, pain moving from one location to another. I've gone from straight sciatic pain down the back of my leg to these stabbing pains in my foot, right hip pain, left leg sciatic pain...

    My low back pain went from nothing to nearly constant.

    I'm scheduled for the next lumbar surgery in just over 2 weeks. At the moment, the assumption is a 1 level fusion, but i won't know for sure until i see the surgeon again in a week. I had to get a CT scan and a new MRI for the surgery and i haven't seen him yet for the discussion of those results. (doesn't really matter, after 2 surgeries already, the only real option is a fusion.) my biggest problem right now is low back pain, not sciatic pain. that actually got a lot better 5 or 6 months ago, and while i get shots of it, its not what it used to be.

    but i can't function with the back pain any more. i had a bad flar up in april, and it hasn't really gone away since.

    oh, and i did PT, i've tried medications, daily, narcotics, anti-inflamatory. I've done the epidurals (but thanks to the side effect of migraine headaches from them, they aren't even a possibility anymore.)

    so, back to surgery i go. i just hope this is my last one and it actually does something for all this pain.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
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  • Yes, it is possible. It happened to me.
    The doctor either missed a piece, or I lost another piece. Same side.

    The doctor DOES know what he's talking about.
    I had a choice - do nothing, revision MD, or fusion.

    I opted for the revision. Mainly b/c it happened in the 1st 3 months (actually first few weeks post op). I'm 2 years out revision and doing fairly well (my situation was pretty bad so fairly well is pretty darn good compared to how bad I was).

    Good luck.
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