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jmdhah
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after surgery

Post by jmdhah » Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:18 am

Once you've had a partial lumectomy does the remaining part of the disc ever seal itself and can it rehidrate?

Bill
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Post by Bill » Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:59 am

Hi jmdhah,

I had never heard of a lumectomy, so I did a search on the word and only found references for breast cancer. I think it is a misspelling of lumpectomy.

Is it possible you meant a partial discectomy? If so, the answer to your question is that the disc should heal over and it might still be possible to rehydrate the disc.

But... and this is a big BUT... if the disc can be re-hydrated later, it can be re-hydrated now and there is no reason for the surgery. The surgery will leave you will a disc that will be thinner and weaker at the spot they want to trim off. It will be prone to bulge again and may rupture.

My advice is forget the surgery for now and try re-hydrating the disc and see if it doesn't heal and shrink back to its normal shape.

You can't undo the surgery... but you can always have it later.

Bill (Not Bill P.)

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