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can a person live a normal life with no disc?

smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 447
I severely ruptured at L5-S1 8 months ago, and am headed for a discectomy in a couple of weeks, but I wonder if there is not much disc left, would they remove all of it to avoid re-herniation, or does one need something there however small and fragmented it is? Looking to hear from those who have lived this way and what the longterm prognosis is...


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 10/17/2014 - 2:50 PM
    Yes, you can live with out the disc, the results would most likely be that the two vertebra levels would autofuse on their own given time.....
    But, for specific information related to your condition, it would be wise to discuss this with your doctor and see what he feels needs to be done and if the removal of the remainder of the disc is necessary at this point.
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