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Surgery Looming for Disc Fragment

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:04 am
by MikeC
I damaged my back really badly about 2 months ago through various sporting activities after a long period of inactivity(Iknow, I know!) I got past the pain in my back, but my left leg went numb between the thigh and calf and I've lost muscle strength in the quad. I went to a neurosurgeon, got an MRI and found a large free disc fragment lodged behind my L3 pressing on my spinal cord and branch nerve.

I'm scheduled for a micro-discectomy on Sept 20 to remove the fragment. My questions are: What does rebuilding your back do for free disc fragments and relieving the pressure on the nerve? Does anyone know about the endoscopic procedure for disc surgery?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 8:35 pm
by Paul
Hi Mike,

Rebuilding your back will strengthen your back and make it more flexable. It's the only way to really get rid of most common back pain.

And it would be a good idea both prior to surgery and after so that your recovery is quicker.

However, it can't do anything about a disk fragment. That fragment is there and it's not going anywhere on its own. I'm not a doctor, but sounds to me like surgery is the only option for something like that.

Hope this answers your question,

only just read this

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:11 am
by Guest
Hello there!

Only just read did the surgery go!!! It my understanding that surgery is very good at releifing the pain...but can leave the back afterwards with a weakness....... Strengthrening will defibnately help and a little look at the work of John Sarno will also help! Best of luck and let me know how your getting on