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My question is that I have had 3 Back surgeries since August last but, it seems that after each surgery the pain hs gotten worse in my left hip area.  So my pain management doc. did another ct/myelogram and when I asked about the report I was told that they couldn't give my the results until I made an appt. So, I went to the hospital where I had the myelogram and got a copy and on it is states that there was a "surgical defect" noted through the left facet and base of the transvers process.  Can anyone help me interpret what that means?  I appreciate any help.
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Hi Pickle,

Welcome to the Pain Management Forum. You are an assertive and smart patient to obtain the medical report form the hospital. I'm sorry your pain has increased.

I am not well versed in the surgical area. If I understand the term correctly it means an area that wasn't completely approximated during the surgery for one reason or another. That would cause a surgical defect. It doesn't necessarily mean an error was made not that this is serious. I would have to hear the conclusion of impression of the repeat to better interpret the report.  

Sorry I cannot be more definitive. I'll look forward to your updates. Best of luck and please take care, Tuck
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At my appt. on Monday I was told that there are still bulging discs at L4-5 and L5-S1 plus bone spurs.  Needless to say they are sending me to another surgeon.  Thank you for responding.  Pickle
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I have herniations and a bulge at L4-L5 and L5-S1 and experience the pain your feeling as well. Sometimes it will radiate all the way down my left leg.

The pain is from the discs irritating the sciatic nerve.
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