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A 28-year-old male asked:

How evasive is a l5-s1 decompression and microdiscectomysurgery; what are the pros and cons a patient should consider before undergoing surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
It is minimally: Invasive with a better than 90% success rate in a non smoker who has failed at least 12 weeks of nonoperative care with leg pain worse than back pain & imaging studies reveal a disc herniation correlating with your symptoms. Done by an experienced surgeon, cons are small but include: infection, dural tear/spinal fluid leak, scarring, recurrent disc herniation, back pain, neurologic injury & others.

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Last updated Jan 19, 2014

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