What is a recurrent herniated disc and what causes it?

A recurrent herniated disc, or a recurrent disc herniation, is the herniation or bulging of a disc that happens after someone has already had one. Most often you would have surgery to correct it.

The repeat injury could be caused by a new trauma, or it could happen spontaneously, on its own. Statistics show that about 5 percent to 15 percent of patients who have disc surgery have a recurrent herniation.