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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/15/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
post-operative study with some fibrosis at L5-S1, narrowing of the right L5 foramen again noted.
the right L5 foramen appears to be impinged upon as it was in the post-operative study.
What does this mean?
Do i need to have another surgery?

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 10/15/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure.  When I can't figure these things out I google them.  I have always get good clear cut answers in laymen's terms.

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   Posted 10/15/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Fibrosis is scar tissue. What is says in laymen's terms is that you have developed scar tissue at the L5 level and it is narrowing the area that the nerve root at that level leaves the spinal nerves. The nerve root is in danger of becoming pinched again or is being pinched again.
As far as whether or not it means more surgery, only your surgeon can answer that one.
I hope this helps some. By the way, I am not a doctor, just have had lots of time to learn what some readings and terms mean on MRI reports.
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/15/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you very much for taking the time to reply to my post, it was indeed helpful.
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