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Small disc herniation causing numbness, weakness in legs. Consider surgery? Prognosis?

I have a small left para enteral disc herniation at T8-T9 that abuts the ventral aspect of the cord which is remodeled but not frankly compressed. This is a chronic condition with mild leg symptoms of numbness on the left and weakness on the right. I am in constant mild discomfort with dextroscoliosis and increasing thoracic kyphosis . Should I consider surgery? At age 57 I am worried about long term prognosis with this condition. Your thoughts?
Asked On : Sat, 1 Sep 2012
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Dear customer,

The disc herniation if causing severe symptoms or any neurological deficit then the surgical option should be considered.

In mild degree of herniation not causing severe symptoms or deficit, the pain killers drugs and precaution by using lumbar belt and avoiding heavy weight lifting is helpful in controlling the symptoms.

You should have the mri scan done and consult the neurosurgeon for the available treatment
options.If the symptoms are mild you may avoid the surgery for the time being.

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Answered: Sat, 1 Sep 2012
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