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A 41-year-old female asked:

My mri results are below, is this something that needs surgery? large left paracentral disc protrusion compressing the proximal left s1 nerve as it exits the thecal sac. protrusion extends by 12mm into spinal canal. severe bilateral joint arthrosis.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Herniated disc: This large herniated intervertebral disc may well need surgery especially if there is any sign that it is causing muscle weakness in addition to persistent leg pain. I recommend consulting a neurosurgeon, preferably at a university hospital, for evaluation and advice concerning treatment options
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
May be : One treats the patient and not the MRI You should be seen and examine and even undergo nerve test (EMG) prior to a decision of this type But the MRI changes are significant

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