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Hi Dr.,
The MRI results are in and they are surprising – no recurrent herniation. Here is the text:

“At L5-S1 postsurgical change is seen status post right laminotomy. Extensive epidural enhancement is seen on the right surrounding the L5 and S1 nerve roots. No residual or recurrent disc fragment is seen. A single enhancing nerve root is seen in the cauda equina without clumping. Epidural enhancement surrounding the right L5 and S1 nerve root status post right laminotomy consistent with scarring. No evidence for residual or recurrent disc.”

Does this mean the nerve root is being compressed by scar tissue? Or does this mean the nerve is just inflamed? Or does it mean the general area around the nerve is swollen? What does this mean in terms of recovery? Thank you again for all of your help.