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A 43-year-old female asked:

Does an extruded disc fragment, very painful, require surgery, and fusion surgery l5-s1 help with the pain?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
See a back surgeon: This is a complex issue and is highly dependent upon the actual lesion, the patient and the extent of symptoms. Surgical fusion may or may not be helpful, and sometimes makes things worse. Find a highly recommended surgeon and let them evaluate and recommend management. Good luck.

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Last updated Jun 15, 2016

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