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L5-S1 discectomy

Hi everyone,

I joined this forum to seek information for my daughter. In April 2012, she underwent a L5-S1 discectomy and spinal fusion. She did well initially; her leg pain was relieved which was a blessing. Around July, she started to experience the leg and back pain again. Her surgeon sent her for an MRI and told her it was "residual nerve pain" and was completely normal. Since that time, the pain has steadily increased to the point where she can't get out of bed some days. She recently went to another specialist in NY, who reviewed her MRI from July 2012 and told her that she has a herniated, protruding disc at L5-S1. Apparently a partial discectomy was done instead of a complete. This doctor recommends another discectomy to remove the half of disc and he wants to put a cage around her spine as well as taking a piece of her hip to put in the disc space. I am worried sick about her. She is so young, it's heartbreaking to see her suffer so much. She was just married last November and I can't imagine her being able to have children with this pain. My question is, have any of you heard of a partial discectomy being performed? I can't imagine why they wouldn't have just removed the entire disc since she was opened up anyway. Also, the thought of the cage scares the daylights out of me. I hate the thought of the rods that are there from the fusion, I don't want to see some other type of hardware added to that. I am worried sick and haven't been able to sleep at night. Any information or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,693
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I won't cast judgement on your situation or actions, but I will say that for me, there are days with more pain than not.

    The nerve will take a long time to heal (12-18 months is what I'm hearing for me). Some of the healing is giving me new pains/sensations. It is a long road with ups and downs.

    My only suggestion is to not be hasty or rash in any decisions.
    L5-S1 herniation (10mm), April 2013

    Lumbar Laminectomy May 1st 2013

    Lumbar Laminectomy April 18th 2016
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