Surgeons claim that discectomies are usually successful; however, they do not treat the cause of either a bulging, or slipped disc, and hence they are ultimately flawed.
Removing an inter-vertebral disc, or even part of it, may relieve the pressure on the nerve root in question, but it also weakens the spine and leaves it more susceptible to injury. Scar tissue and adhesions soon develop, often resulting in pain and crippling debilitation.
The operation itself also carries substantial risk. By its very nature, surgery tends to reduce the supply of blood to the area in question, and this heightens the risk of injury. When the nerve root is retracted, for example, it is possible for it to become bruised (a ‘contused’ nerve root), even in the most experienced of hands.
A contused root is initially very painful and many patients continue with severe, disabling pain, for many years. They complain that the pain is stabbing, shooting, burning and very unpleasant. The chances of recovery from nerve root injury are poor. Some patients have to learn the technique of self-catheterisation and daily, manual evacuation of the bowels. Their life expectancy is reduced because repeated urinary tract infections will damage the kidney.
We strongly advise all of our patients not to undergo spinal surgery. Instead, we believe the correct approach is to decompress, or mobilise, the spine using non invasive techniques, techniques that are based on Orthopaedic Medicine.
A bulging, or herniated disc not be successfully treated by decompressing the spine (mechanically, not surgically). Both of these conditions occur when the pressure on the inside of the disc substantially exceeds that on the outside but if the spine is decompressed, this situation is reversed.
It is even possible for the extruded, inner core to be pushed back inside the disc. If the spine is maintained in a decompressed state, the chances of recovery are very high.
To receive non-invasive treatment, you can visit our Spine Clinic. You can also receive a Diagnosis filling the on-line Consultation Form.
For those people who can neither afford personal treatment, nor make the trip to London, we recommend that you purchase a Backrack™.For those who wish to understand the risks involved in spinal surgery from people who have already undergone the procedure we recommend that you visit our Spine Guestbook page and/or directly our Patients’ Forum page.
Usually paid by the NHS or private insurance; complications during/after surgery will result in additional cost.