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Left side L5-s1 annular rim tear

Hi folks, new to the site. Anyone know if a annular rim tear can be repaired ? My consultant has suggested fusion but don't want to go this route.
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  • I have an alternative to fusion. Laser surgery with use of gelstix to pump up the degenerated disc or laser disc decompression plus Laser foraminoplasty. Anyone got a view on any of this?
  • Hi, welcome to the forum! I have a couple of questions. #1 when you say your consultant, do you mean an orthopedic surgeon? If not, who is the consultant? #2 Where do you live? I know in America many of the "new" procedures for the spine are not FDA approved so finding a surgeon trained in these can be difficult. It can also be very difficult to get insurance to cover. However, I'm very interested in hearing about them....
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • Yes, orthopedic surgeon. It is another orthopedic surgeon that has offered the laser treatment. Unlike the fusion, It is not covered by my insurance and so i will need to raise £15000. This is why i am keen to find out other views. Don't want to waste my money but would be more than glad to if there was likely a positive outcome. From what i can gather, the surgeon offering laser treatment is highly qualified.
  • you'll have to post your outcomes for us! Good luck!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Will do. Thanks. Likely to be late april/ early may.
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