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Old 10-25-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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Experience with post-op cyst removal (sacral), recovery of function?


I am having a laminectomy of the sacrum soon, with the intent to remove a suspected arachnoid cyst in the r.S3 nerve sheath. This is a 2 1/2 year history of progressive loss of sensory and autonomic, motor function in that dermatome. Over the last couple of months the sensory deficit, while still varying due to back position (CSF fluid pressure issue), activity level, has gotten a good bit worse.

Does anyone have experience with what component of permanent versus recoverable loss of function is associated with such an injury? Is there any way to understand the mechanism of permanent nerve damage from compression versus what potential a nerve has to recover function over the months following surgery?

Any thoughts appreciated

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