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What options do I have to treat herniated disk in my lumbar spine apart from open back surgery ?

I have a herniated disk in my lumbar spine that is prolapsed 30 and I was looking at options other then the open back surgery I have found this site http I have a herniated disk L5 that is prolapsed 30% and L4 L3 L2 are bulging. I have tingling/ numbness or a dead feeling in my left and right leg off and on in different intensitys and I have trouble bending and moving it starts to hurt and you can not bend to tie shoes or wash dishes I have looked online to see differnt options as the traditional back surgery they will only try to fix the L5 On line I found this site and i was wondering what your opinion is on the procedure is it something that will work and save on risks and recovery time or is it something that should be stayed away from..
Asked On : Thu, 17 Feb 2011
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Hi Dawn,

I went through the database provided on the website that you provided. The surgery that they are explaining does seem to be better than the conventional method of spinal surgeries performed all over the world.

But I do not advise you to go for it before getting the thorough information about the success rate of the surgery as in any way the surgery may show complications of damaging the spinal cord.

I will give you an insght of the spinal surgery here:

Conventional Sx:
Incision type: long one at the site of problem and the
Spinal coverage: spinal segments covered are limited
Area of nerve damage during surgery could be: limited to the segments which are open.
Chance of nerve damage: Depends on the doctor's hands and success rate.

Surgery mantioned on Website:
Incision type: Very Small, seems to be a pin hole
Spinal Coverage: Spinal segments covered are multiple
Area of nerve damage during surgery could be: more segments as the surgery apparatus goes through the whole spine to reach the affected disc.
Chance of nerve damage: Needs to be thoroughly researched with their success rate.

But if the chance of nerve damage is less then I feel this method can be chosen over the traditional one.

However, also to add you must give 4-6 months to conservative methods of recovery (physical therapy, precautions & medications). Only then go for Surgery.

Hope it helps.

Dr.Shirish Sachdeva
Orthopaedic & Neurological
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Lifestyle Medicine Counsellor
Answered: Thu, 17 Feb 2011
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