Herniated disc sciatica, leg pain, rectal pain, ED, loss of bladder control. Treatment ?
Thank you for posting the query.
Well, you have a very good information about your condition.
The treatment of prolapsed disc compressing the nerve roots is discectomy. It is the disc which is causing your symptoms. Hence it ought to be removed.
Exercises and injections are only tried for the initial stages. It works good for some and worsens for others.
Disc replacement surgery is definitely superior to fusion, however its effectiveness compared to that of discectomy is almost the same. There are various studies comparing discectomy to disc replacement which claim to have better results with discectomy alone.
Finally, it is the surgeon's personal experience that counts. As some surgeons achieve good results with discectomy while the newer ones achieve the same with disc replacement.
So, My advise is that you leave the decision up to your surgeon as this surgery has a subjective outcome which varies from surgeon to surgeon.
Don't worry and kindly go ahead with your surgery.
I hope, my suggestions will help you. I will be available for any further queries.
Wish you good health.
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