SpineUniverse Community Advice
Get help and share your story with others who know what you're going through.
Please register or log in to join the discussions!

What type of surgery should I seek?

Started by dboberle on 12/29/2011 1:40pm

MRI Results:

L2-L3:: Diskectomy, Laminectomy and posterior fusion appear stable. Decompression of the thecal sac to an AP diameter of 18 mm. No significant foraminal narrowing suspected.

L3-L4: Disk desiccation, height loss and broad disk bulge with osteophyte complex. Minimal retrolisthesis. Mild to moderate facet arthrosis. Central thecal sac measures 12-13 mm in AP diameter. Mild to moderate right and mild left foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Disk desiccation and small broad disk bulge. There is a right pericentral/foraminal disk extrusion which extends 8 mm posterolaterally and migrates 9 mm superiorly into the entrance of the right foramen seen best on sagittal images 2- 5. At least moderate facet arthosis and ligamentum flavum thickening. Right ventrolateral thecal sac flattening and probable L5 nerve root contact on axial T2 sequence 5 image 25. Central thecal sac measures 8-9 mm in AP diameter. There is Severe right foraminal narrowing with superior displacement and flattening of the L4 nerve root on sagittal image 3. Mild to moderate left foraminal narrowing is unchanged.

L5-S1:Diskectomy, Laminectomy and posterior fusion appear stable. Decompression of the thecal sac to an AP diameter of 18 mm. No significant foraminal narrowing suspected.

Do you find this discussion helpful?
0

1 Response

Like/Dislike
0

Who prescribed the MRI for you? Have you talked to that physician about your surgical options? From my own experience I would like to suggest that you discuss the MRI with an orthopedic surgeon and then discuss it with a neurosurgeon. Write down what they tell you so that you can look it over later, it's too much to take in sometimes. If you can, bring someone with you. It helps because you may not hear or may not want to hear all that is being said. You can talk with the person who accompanied you afterward. I would also like to suggest that you take an extremely conservative approach to surgery. I had a similar MRI; or do they all seem alike?! I spoke with only one physician who is an orthopedic surgeon. I had spine fusion surgery (L4 - L5 and S1) with instrumentation, meaning 2 discs, cages, 9 rods--all titanium on 3/30/11. I have worse pain, more constant and more severe than I had before surgery. I understand that I am one person with one experience, but I don't wish for anyone to go through what I am going through. I spent about six months prior to surgery having epidural injections (2) and 2 'burnings' of my spinal nerves. There was nothing left for me to do, I thought. Please find out all you can and I wish you all the best in your journey to be free from pain.

SHOW MAIN MENU
SHOW SUB MENU
Cancel
Delete