Surgery Looming for Disc Fragment

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Surgery Looming for Disc Fragment

Postby MikeC » Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:04 am

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?
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Postby Paul » Wed Aug 31, 2005 8:35 pm

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,
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only just read this

Postby Guest » Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:11 am

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


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