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23m s/p l5-s1 discectomy w/ daily moderate-severe back pain & radiculopathy both leg. What is my next treatment option? More epidural? Fusion surgery?

Find out why. You shold go to see your doctor/spinal surgeon to find out why. Is there any new bulging, new tear, etc that requiring any surgical approach or is something that can be treated supportively. Something you will find from further testing. Definitely, you should have an MRI of ls done to evaluate this problem. You won;t know the treatment if you don't know the cause of the problem. Read more...
Second opinions. Are often required to provide clarity and support for, or reevaluations of, earlier recommendations. This is a complex question requiring a deeper conversation between patient and provider. Fusion may be indicated but not feasible for some, epidural may be untimely or even contraindicated for others. Face to face is best here. Read more...
Failed back. It appears that you have failed back syndrome. Please see a pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. You might benefit from additional therapy, medications, injections like epidural steroid injection or spinal cord stimulation. Read more...

I had a hemilaminectomy, discectomy, partial facetctomy, foraminotomy, l5--s1 1 having numbness in foot and pain in buttocks. Dr recommends spinal fusion another dr recommends spinal lamina. I'm confused.

See Neurologist. A medical neurologist can help with accuracy in diagnosis, and is not a surgeon, so he can render a non-biased opinion on the best treatment. He may also refer you for an academic or university neurosurgical referral. He may advise non-surgical options, such as prolotherapy or interventional pain management, if felt appropriate. Read more...
Spinal lamina. Not familiar with that procedure did you men lamioplasty or laminectomy? Youve already had half a laminectomy did the decompression help at all? Or worse? Any diagnostic injections done when considering additional surgery after one atempt it always helpful to pause and review diagnostic conclusions and upon what data were those conclusions drawn , response to initial procedure is an important. Read more...
No fusion. If back pain minimal and MRI demonstrates nerve residual root compression, i would recommend minimally invasive laminoforaminotomy. Fusion is for back or axial pain. Read more...

I've had 2 surgeries on l5/s1, first through the back discectomy then a fusion through the front. What poss complications can I hv during pregnancy?

If the surgeries . Were uncomplicated there should be no bearing on your pregnancy or any increase of any risks related to pregnancy. Read more...
Not much . If your fusion is solid you should be ok with your pregnancy. As you gain weight you may be more prone to back aches or disk problems at l4-5 so stay in shape if ok with your obgyn. Also because of scar tissue an epidural at the time of delivery may be difficult and if you need a c section your scar may not heal as well or a hernia can develop since they went from a similar approach for fusion. Read more...

Lge disc ext at L5 compressing L5, S1&S2 n/roots&displacing thecal sac. Pain & numbness. Got to decide on surgery or injections, would like opinions.?

I suggest both star- ting with Epidurals, to confirm which level disc issue provides best relief from your symptoms. Is it one or more levels. I am sure, your surgeon will be getting you to habe a series of these shots before the surgery that you certainly need. Good Luck. Read more...