Back Pain / Disc Replacement

Posted by GreertonTGA 6 mths ago

For a number of years I have had suffered back pain -this year my L5/S1 disc herniated causing incredible nerve pain down my legs. After seeing Dr Raymond Yip, he recommended a disc replacement.

Has anyone had one or know of anyone that has? I would love to hear your/their experience. The procedure sounds great but being the spine I am nervous. I have tried EVERY form of holistic treatment with no resolve.

I would be so grateful for any feedback.

Many thanks in advance.

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JasonChan2005 6 mths ago

If your condition needed to result in surgery and since this a spine surgery, I would recommend that you always get a second opinion with another doctor in a similar field of expertise.

L5/S1 is one of the most common disc problem that majority of people would get. This is mostly due to bad sitting posture and lying on bed. For the surgery treatment there would be multiple options

1. Disc replacement: This is one of the favorite options that people would choose ( replacing an artificial disc). However, for all kinds of invasive procedure, you have to be clear of the risks and benefits.
2. Spine fusion: Take out the damage part and fused two vertebrate together. Good side: You will be rid of disc problem. Bad side: you will have a less flexible spine. ( bending might be a bit difficult)

My recommendation is find another doctor HT CHOW, Raymond Yip, Daniel Mok, are all ok from word of mouth. However, I would suggest that you find the doctor who only concentrate on doing spine.
The rationale is just very simple, A person who only operate on spine ( lets say 80 surges in a year ) while B person who operates on everything ( 100 surgeries in a year) who would have more experience in spine surgery?

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JIVEN 5 mths ago
How severer is your pain.

For sciatic nerve manipulation, pressure on buttock cheeks & thighs would relieve the pain immediately.
Additional pressure points on forearm & sides of shoulder blades.

Being in a Chinese place, locals would seek manipulation before surgery.

My experience of overworking & lifting heavy items took a toll (lifeless on the ground) and I've visited the following:
1. Victor & Partners Physiotherapy (Dundas Street - Mr. Victor himself)
2. Master Yau at Lockhart road, Wan Chai
3. Health Care Studio at Lai Chi Kok

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David Cosman 4 mths ago
How are you now?

Does lying on bed really cause disc problems?

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JasonChan2005 4 mths ago
Hi David

Lying in bed means lying on a wrong posture. For example : people like to lying in bed while their upper trunk is straight up and the lower part of the body (leg) is lying flat on the bed. Think of it as a “L” shape. Long time maintaining this posture actually out pressures on the lower vertebrate

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Brit2014 3 mths ago
Always get a 2nd opinion and look to specialists in different fields. I have an L5/S1 herniation and the 1st spine doctor I saw recommended a lumbar microdiscectomy.
He looked through my medical insurance plan and seemed to raise an eyebrow after telling me that my cover was really good and I actually should get it done within a week. He didn't speak to me frankly about the risks and telling me I'd recover in a month and resume as normal and told me with certainty that it was the best solution.
When I spoke to other specialists, including physios and other doctors, they all told me to try rehabbing first. I'll be blunt, HK is driven by money. People here, will see the dollar signs before they see the person. Surgery could help, but it's like saying if you're overweight then liposuction will make you lose weight, but is that what you want?
Would you not rather try to exercise and eat better to lose the weight so you address the underlying issues?

Try to work out what caused the issue. If it's from the gym, then at your form and try to correct the inadequacies, but be honest with yourself. I've been training for many years and trainers have even come up to me to talk about what exercises I do and I've been offered roles to be a PT. However, pretty much everyday, I go online and read or watch videos to learn more and I can see where I was going wrong, then I go back to square one and build upwards once again.

Look at everything from your movements, any neglected muscles, the way you sit, the way you sleep, even what you eat. Figure out what triggers the pain.

For exercises, look up the McGill big 3, bridges, wall-sits, Palloff presses, Roman chairs (to neutral) and anything that safely works your posterior chain (e.g. RDLs over conventional deadlifts).

Safe recovery and all the best!

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JenKruger 46 days ago
I can't tell from your post if you are male or female. If you are female, listen up! GUYS COVER YOUR EYES.
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I used to have such severe back pain that I had to crawl around on the floor, standing up was impossible, enjoying any part of waking life was impossible. Sitting in a chair was impossible. My only 2 positions were standing up (still) and lying down. According to multiple Hong Kong doctors, including my HK gyno, I had a disc problem and the lower back discs had shrunk in size due to ageing and weight and needed to be replaced. Disc issues.
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Then I went to Canada and the first gyno I saw (which was just an was an accident that the GP I went to was a gyno, b/c I had given up at that point after years of back pain) diagnosed a problem with my uterus, meaning it was infected with a long term infection that was putting pressure on the spinal cord and causing the spinal cord to inflame. Now, if anything is bothering your spinal cord, you are incapacitated.
The Canadian doc then prescribed a 4 dollar bottle of anti-biotics for aneorobic bacteria, the same bacteria that cause tooth decay. Later that evening, after taking 2 of the pills, I was almost free of all pain and 2 days later I couldn't remember what the back pain had felt like ...and I even went back to team sports.
SO. Ask for a presciption for metridozinal (sp?) to be sure. Apologies if you are male.

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