Images of Ruptured Disc and Subsequent Surgery

Images of Ruptured Disc and Subsequent Surgery

Today’s edition of Best Gore Members Rock is brought to you by Best Gore member @aussiemexican, who underwent back surgery after an intervertebral disc (rubbery discs provide cushioning between vertebrae to keep the spine flexible) in his spine became herniated by developing a crack in its outer wall, called annulus fibrosus, causing the jelly like nucleus that composes the inner core to leak out into the spinal canal:

Hey Ladies and Gents. Long time lurker, first time poster here.

I just wanted to share images of my ruptured disc and subsequent surgery (microdiscectomy). I know its no Brokeback’s broke back, but I have the pain tolerance of a gay virgin so for me it was like being hit point blank with a flame thrower.

First image is my MRI where you can clearly see my rupture and disc juice. The surgeon called it a “most impressive intrusion”, which I’m assuming is surgeon talk for “fuck me dead”.

Second image is obviously post op. It’s still rooted but hey, there’s others worse off.

Apologies for my Aussieness.

Thanks for the pics and Aussieness. On top of the information you provided, I’d be curious also learn if the crack developed on its own, out of normal wear and tear on the spine, or if it’s a result of a traumatic injury, like a car or workplace accident.

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28 thoughts on “Images of Ruptured Disc and Subsequent Surgery”

  1. I feel your pain. Having had two surgeries on my L4-L5 vertebrae back in 2000 I think it was. Second one was to fix what the first surgery was supposed to fix. – Take it easy especially after you don’t feel pain and are up moving around because that’s when the core the surgery targeted is just healing and needs two or three weeks longer to heal than the dr. said to expect.

    1. Thanks for the advice. I actually had the surgery late 2013 and after intensive physio for a good 6 months it didn’t really get any better unfortunately.

      But hey, I can still walk and talk.

  2. Thanks ladies and gents for the warm welcome.

    I actually went back to my surgeon today because I’ve been having alot of nerve pain lately. The MRI showed that my initial surgery has pretty much failed and the disc wall itself has narrowed. As a result the disc above (L4/L5) is now also bulging.

    Best case is steroid injections directly into the area to manage the pain. Worst case, and probably the more likely result, is more invasive surgery to fit an artificial disc into my spine.

    Rest assured I will share any gore involved!

    1. Welp in that case my advice still stands but it seems you’ve already gone through the stage thus making my words moot. Damn, though dude. I can still feel your pain. But you are correct. We are still walking and talking.

  3. Hope you recover well, and take it seriously fucking handy for the next few months and avoid lifting heavy shit off the ground for the foreseeable future if ya can. I had the same thing happen, and 5 months later it ripped and leaked again, and its fairly fucked now as the disc is flat as a pancake. Best of luck with it!

  4. @aussiemexican I def feel your pain. I had a completely herniated disc @ L5-S1. I suffered for 2 years with cortisone shots every 3 months until they stopped working for the pain, then had surgery…disc decompression and spinal fusion (2 rods and 4 screws). I’m 3 1/2 years post-op, and still have major pain every day and am now permanently disabled (or painfully retired, depending on how you look at it). My scar tissue on the nerves is permanent. I had the surgery to relieve the pain and pressure on my sciatic nerve and about a month before surgery, had to stop walking. So even though surgery didn’t relieve most of the spine pain, at least I can walk again and the sciatic pain for the most part is gone but not totally.
    Anyhow I just thought I’d share my story so you know you’re not alone! I have a post op X-Ray but I wish I had thought to get pre-op scans of my hernia like you. The surgeon told me that my hernia was as bad as it can get. The sad part is I was only 36 at the time of surgery…too young to be broken for the rest of my life. I walk with a cane due to weakness I still have in my legs and of course due to the back pain.
    My injury was an on the job accident. Would be interested to know how yours happened. Here’s hoping your surgery gives you as much pain relief as possible.

    1. You poor lady. The saving grace for me is that there is someone always worse off. I could have maggots coming out of my old fella for example!!

      As for how it happened, it was pretty innocuous. I had been having a little bit of lower back pain, more of a niggle than anything. One day we had a massive windstorm and I was on my way to work when a rather large tree branch fell in front of me and onto the road. Being a chivalrous young buck I thought I would drag it off the road so as not to inconvenience others. Turned out the branch was rotten so as I tried to move it, part of it snapped and jolted me a little bit. The pain wasn’t so bad to begin with but after a while it began to get excrutiating. The rest is history.

  5. @ajay
    I feel your pain…I had a laminectomy on my L4 L5 discs…. mine was the result of a bad fall on my tailbone…awful time that was… my surgery was on 9/11 so not only was I freaked out by major spinal surgery, I was certain the world would be gone when I awoke..lol. I have been blessed though, they gave me about 6-8yrs before I would need another but its been 15yrs….
    hang in there… it will seem like you will never recover but it does get better, it just takes alot of time….fingers crossed for the next surgery

  6. I know how you’re feeling. I damaged my L5/S1 disc at 16… Ignored it until August 2014 (just before I turned 32) and continued working in a warehouse loading/unloading. A silly lunge play-wrestling with my girlfriend sent me to the floor in agony; and I learned it finally had an 8mm X 10mm rupture, and the one above bulging. Both were crushing the sciatic at that point.

    The pain of recovery is crazy; never realized how much we use our backs for ANY movement, like shifting your leg a few inches… But in the end, you’ll love it. I’ve gone from crippled to probably about 90% mobile.
    We won’t be entering an MMA match anytime soon… But we’ll be able to keep up with everyone else! Good luck in the healing!

  7. I have a permanently herniated (also 1/4 thickness it’s supposed to be) disc at L3, with the disc above that 1/2 the thickness it should be, and the one above that going too. The docs won’t operate because it’s a 50/50 that they’ll paralyse me, when I can still move about. (Being on some seriously high powered pain patches and oral drugs)
    Talking to my consultant I said Sometimes the pain is so bad that paralysation looks quite attractive, and he told me I could be paralysed and still in agony. I keep going by sheer bloody mindedness, and like you, seeing people on here a hell of a lot worse off.
    Keep on keeping on, dude, and I hope your pain eases. I wouldn’t wish this type of pain on anyone.

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