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2cm seqestrated disc fragment L4/5 , surgery required ???

Hi , Great web site !
I am 42 years old , 22 year history of lumbar back pain (across top of buttocks into hip)
recent acute episode last 6 weeks,
half of which has included sciatic pain in leg , foot

MRI shows 2cm sequestrated disc fragment L4/5 causing 'significant' compression of thecal sac and L5 nerve root, mild compression of L4 nerve root, large tear in annulus.
L5S1 has small tear , mild bulging.

I have not had much in the way of numbness in the leg...

At the moment im taking painkillers and am somewhat dependent on others,

I'm due to see a surgeon on the 26th Feb, but would love to hear from others who have knowledge about this type of disc injury and whether it may be possible to ride it out without surgery (apparently the body can deal with the fragment over time, but not super keen to put up with it unless it gets progressively better over time)
Also I'd like to be better informed about what sort of procedure might be involved with my situation....

all the best



  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 02/18/2014 - 12:40 PM
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    it would be impossible for us to discuss surgery options since the decision about surgery and what type of it needs to be done is determined in part by your surgeon's exam of you, and the imaging studies he has in front of him to look at.
    it could be as simple as a disectomy or as complex as a fusion, so you really will need to discuss that with your surgeon when you see him.
    i would strongly encourage you though to check out our surgery forums, and our recovery forums, there are some sticky threads at the top that have questions to ask your surgeon before surgery, surgical recovery tips, medical equipment you may need and lots of stories of others who have undergone spine surgery to help you.
  • Hi again, am going to see surgeon tomorrow, that will be a relief

    still not sure how good my disc will be if this fragment is removed.....

    cant imagine that i have much 'nucleus pulposus' material left afterwards....

    anyone know of any procedures that the surgeon might do to rectify large tear in disc and compensate for the loss of this material,

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