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    Old 10-29-2015, 08:16 AM   #1
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    Hi all. I'm new here and have a question. I'm been a pain management patient for about 8 months. I started going due to continuing pain after a c5-6 revision fusion. A couple of months after the surgery I herniated t5-6 and it's causing spasms that mimic heart problem feelings. While going to pt on the direction of my pain dr, my lower back started giving me major problems. (I previously had 2 laminectomies on 14-5/l5-s1.

    My pain dr finally did an MRI and it's what I assumed, l4-5 95% collapsed with extruded disc hitting l5 decending nerve and l5-s1 85-90% collapsed. Report also said the vertebra are starting to twist and at the l2-3 level I have bilateral synovial cysts.

    Well here comes the question finally. My pain dr is referring me back to my surgeon and I really don't want lumbar fusion so I was kind of whining to him about not wanting to go. He said they don't have to do fusion, they can just pluck out the extruded disc and send me on my merry way. Does that sound like it would be an option?

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    Old 10-29-2015, 09:33 AM   #2
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    The only one who can really answer that question is a surgeon once he reviews the films.
    Generally speaking, yes, it is possible to remove the extruded part of the disc.

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