Surgical repair of a herniated disc: comments from the patient
Spinal hernia or a herniated disc is an extremely painful condition due to the compression of neural elements: nerve root and spinal cord.
A patient from Moscow, Olga F., contacted iMER in fall of 2012 after her back pain had returned and became worse. She had previously used conservative treatments, but since the pain returned, neither medication nor hirudotheraphy (application of leeches, which can sometimes be very effective for a herniated disc) worked. The pain progressed, and the patient began to feel numbness in her legs.
iMER medical experts prepared the patient’s documentation file and submitted it to Dr Itshayek, spinal neurosurgeon from the Hadassah University clinic Neurosurgery department. Dr Itshayek studied all of the data then decided on discectomy. The decision was complicated, since discectomy (surgical correction of the spinal hernia) carries the risk of damage to the spinal cord and connecting nerves, but the current state of medical research and the development of technologies offers only this option to treat a herniated disc with significant results.
The surgery was successful. Olga still experiences slight pain but due to the professional expertise of Dr Itshayek and the warm accompanyment of our team who supported her through pre- and post-surgery stages she could resume her regular lifestyle. In her comments she thanks the Israeli surgeon and theiMER staff:
I am deeply grateful to the entire staff of iMER and the Hadassah Medical Center!
We lived together through difficult and happy moments.
Thank you for staying by my side and doing your job despite the complex situation.
Olga F., Moscow.