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This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
I understand your frustration with persistent symptoms.
Physical therapy and epidural shots help in 90% of cases.
It may take 2-3 shots and at least 6 weeks of physical therapy to see some improvement in symptoms.
However, when you fail this regimen, you need to consider surgical options.
The surgical option includes minimally invasive surgery known as laminectomy and microdiscectomy.
These procedures aim at releasing pressure on the trapped nerves and prevent any future entrapment by removing the protruding the bones.
The complications are much less with minimally invasive surgery.
Like any other surgery there is some risk of infection, bleeding or nerve injury.
These risks do not usually exceed 2-5% with experienced surgeons.
The recovery period is usually within 6 to 8 weeks.
thank you for the advice, how long does the surgery take
You will still need some physical therapy after 2 weeks postoperatively.
The pain symptoms are expected to improve after 7-10days of surgery.
The surgery does not take more than 2 hours in most cases.
It is the same day surgery.
However, you may be kept overnight in the hospital to watch for any anesthesia related complications like breathing problem, drowsiness and also pain management.
what is the success rate on this surgery?
I got private health care insurance, is it worth having this treatment private or the NHS?
as NHS are more geared up for an emergency
In private you will get it done much faster than in NHS system which may take more than 6 months of wait list.
this is not emergency but should be done earlierthan 6 months to avoid any further damage to the nerves.
I cant wait 6 month, I am in pain,
yes that is why go private if possible.
have you heard from Adrian Casey based in the Wellington
I was referred to him and waiting to see him privatly
He is very well qualified.
so you can consult with him.
or is there any better? that you know of
my both epidural was done in the wellington
In London there is a spine surgery center operated by Mr Peter Hamlyn.
He is also thought to be very good.
But you can see Mr casey if he is close by.
and was done by consultant Dr Huw Beynon and the actual procedure was done by Thomas Salbuch
thank you for all your help
this is the first time I use this service
and I got clear answers
have a good day
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