Disc Extrusion: A Neurosurgeon’s Advice

by Mary on October 24, 2016

My doctors had told me that orthopedists and neurosurgeons have different approaches and I’d have to decide which one I preferred for managing my disc extrusion. I saw one of each and they were definitely very different. The orthopedist told me that it’s only worth operating for pain and surgery will not improve the chance of nerve recovery. He had me fill out a pain drawing but did not do a neurological exam.

The neurosurgeon, Dr. C., did a full neuro exam but no pain drawing. He said, “While it might sound cruel, I don’t care about pain. I’ve never once in my career operated solely for that indication. There are medications for pain, it’s a subjective sensation, and it will eventually go away. I only operate for motor weakness.” He told me that motor neurons are hardier than sensory neurons so weakness shows a more significant injury.  Read the article →


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disk extrusion

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