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Dr. Bob, Neurologist (MD)
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An MRI showed evidence of intervertebral disc dessication complicated

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An MRI showed evidence of intervertebral disc dessication complicated by herniation and left L4 nerve root impingement as well as a synovial cyst at the L5?s1 level adutting the right S1 nerve root. I have been advise to have key hole surgery - what are the success changes if the nerve have been trapped for 4 months

Dr. Bob :

The chances of a good outcome with a focal lesion like this is quite high in the hands of a good surgeon. If you are still having pain then you know the nerve is not dead. If it is not dead, it can regenerate once the pressure on it is relieved.

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Peripheral nerves can repair themselves quite well after decompression surgery, though it sometimes takes 3-6 months with physical therapy and back rehabilitation.

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