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Scar tissue pain?

I've had continuing leg pain 3 1/2m post 2nd discectomy 15s1. I had a mri at 4w post op cause I was worried, and surgeon showed me pics no reherniation. He never mentioned scar tissue and in fact told my husband during surgery didn't see much from previous. I have since been on a wait and see basis with nerve pain. I just reread the written report from mri which states enhancing granulation tissue in postoperative bed surrounds the descending right s1 nerve root. Well now I'm concerned that this pain is caused by scar tissue. Any thoughts? I am going in to see docs PA soon and not sure what to push for next???? Thanks all


  • Usual caveat: I'm not a doc.

    That description is medicalese for 'scar tissue around the nerve root'.

    It was reported on mine post discectomy as that, but I had a reherniation too, so they elected to go for fusion. During that procedure, they spent an additional three hours carefully removing the scar tissue from the nerve fibres.

    Removing scar tissue from nerve fibres is very tricky and I don't think many surgeons would be keen to operate just to do that.

    So, yes, it sounds like you have interpreted things right. But, without a reherniation, it is unlikely that surgery will be an option at this time.

    Having said that, I'm three months post fusion and, except for a brief hiccup due to jarring, I'm pain and drug free.

    As ever, your doctor is the person you should speak to.

    Hope that helps,

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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