A new herniated disc – recurrence

What is a recurrent herniated disc?

Approximately 480,000 surgical interventions on the lumbar spine are performed annually in the USA – to treat herniated discs. The majority of patients subsequently report excellent results. But the 10-15% of those who were been successfully operated, face the so-called re-prolapse. People that face a new disc hernia feel pain despite the previous surgery. Patients and surgeons are disappointed by recurrence because their intervention has not brought any lasting improvement. Recurrences do not arise due to wrong behavior of patients or a wrong surgical technique; they exist because of progressive degeneration and the still opened crack of the fiber ring which causes a renewed herniated disc. The fiber ring tear is a kind of "gate" through which disc tissue can emerge again.

Dr. med. Munther Sabarini

Author
Dr. med. Munther Sabarini
Specialist in Neurosurgery

Hans-Heinrich Reichelt

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Hans-Heinrich Reichelt
Chief Editor of Medizin für Menschen

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