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L5 Facet Joint Cyst

Hello All,

I'm new to the forum. I've been surfing topics on L5 Facet Joint Cyst and found this site. In January 2013 I started having left leg pains and started taking ibuprofens or store brand pain killers. Over the last 3 months the pain has become chronic, numbness in my big toe and foot, tingling, and pain in my buttock. This is only happening in my left leg. To make a LONG story short. The MRI showed a cyst pressing against my spine causing the pain. Initially my chiropractor thought is was a disc issue causing my sciatic nerve issues. My neurologist suggested a microdiscectomy Surgery however his concern was if I need fusion. I had an x-ray done that indicated there is some slipping. The neurologist gave me his best guestimation of how long that area of my back would last without the fusion. I’m pretty sure I’m going with the less invasive surgery. If he could have given me a high % that the fusion is necessary I would be at peace with it. Decisions, decisions……. I was told the recovery is about 4 weeks for the Microdiscectomy Surgery and longer with the fusion… Do you have any knowledge on either procedure????



  • First let me say welcome, secondly you're likely to get more responses if you post in the back pain forum. I had a cyst removed in February with great results. I'm in the same boat, my surgeon tells me that I will eventually need a fusion but opted not to go with it this time and I'm glad. I have had 5 surgeries over the past 4 years, 2 mirodisc's the latest I also had a cyst removal, the other 3 were pure laminectomies, mostly to remove scar tissue. This surgery he was very aggresive since the previous surgeries were failures, he removed a lot of material in addition to the cyst and now my sciatic pain is close to gone. I do have a new issue with my back, however I'm going to try RFA to get rid of it. Best of luck to you, and only you can make the decision on what you're going to do.
    Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
    Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
    Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
    St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014

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