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Old 02-26-2007, 01:29 PM   #1
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Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

I was just curious to know if anyone has ever had an annular tear and what, if anything, was done about it?

I think I may have one at L-4/5; it was suggestive that I did.

Thanks for any responses,

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Old 02-26-2007, 01:53 PM   #2
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

Mine was L4 and was discovered during discogram. Fusion was the only prognosis for that disc. I am not sure if there is anything thay can do as far as repairing a tear in a disc, but for mine, it was the only way to go (according to the 1st and second opinion). Good luck and I hope that there is an alternative to fusion (maybe ADR?) If that is indeed your problem.

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Old 02-27-2007, 07:34 AM   #3
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

Thank you Porter for your response. I'm not that familiar with a lot of these problems so may I ask, what is ADR?

Again, thank you so much,

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Old 02-27-2007, 02:55 PM   #4
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

I had two tears grade 4 L4/5 L-5 S-1, they had a surgery I tried called Selective Endoscopic Discetomy. Look it up on google, there is a doctor who invented it. Arizona institute for miniamly invasive surgery. I am in week 4 from surgery doing well. I am going to have L5-S1 done in the summer. I tried several doctors and they all wanted fusion. I will not fuse unless it is the last resort. This gave me an option. I am only 35 and fusion scares me. Good luck and check it out.

 
Old 02-27-2007, 05:10 PM   #5
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

I have an annular tear at L3 and L4. A tear can be partial or total. If partial iit can be helped with a procedure that introduces electric water to the tear to patch itself. I forgot what this is called by many places do not do it or have not even heard of it. I believe it was LSK but not sure will see if I can find it.

 
Old 02-27-2007, 08:03 PM   #6
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

I had an annular tear that 8 months after Pt, trigger point injections, and esi's, healed on it's own. Unfortunately, the disc reherniated 4 months later. I had a laminectomy after that. Unfortunately for me, 8 months later I had to have a fusion.

I'm definately not saying that this is what you will go through!! Just what I went through. Some tears can heal with time and treatment. However, with me, my work was very physically demanding and that put the undo stress right back.

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Old 02-27-2007, 08:27 PM   #7
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

Thank you, Picnica and 2Plus,

I read up on it but just couldn't understand what it meant.
I have had a fusion at the c-5/6 level but had to end up having it repaired again with titanium metal. I now have problems at the lumbar area and hope I don't have to have any fusions.

Thank you all so much for the information. Picnica, I hope you continue to do well and thank you for the info.

2Plus, I do hope that procedure works; sounds like it's better than a fusion.

BlueSky555

 
Old 02-27-2007, 08:49 PM   #8
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

Sorry it took so long, ADR is Artificial Disc Replacement. But after reading some of the replies, it sounds like some tears can be healed without surgery. That would be the way to go for sure. Good Luck to you.

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:25 AM   #9
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

I am in the same boat and deciding between fusion or ADR. I would love to hear from someone who has had an ADR to find out about the surgery, recovery and how they are feeling right now.

 
Old 03-02-2007, 01:43 PM   #10
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Re: Has Anyone Had An Annular Tear?

I live in the eastern part of the USA (North Carolina). My insurance company will not pay for any type of disc replacement and I've heard no insurance company will.

 
Old 03-02-2007, 08:36 PM   #11
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Aetna will...at least that is what my doctor told me.

 
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