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Herniated discs following TVH Herniated discs following TVH

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Unread 08-03-2004, 07:14 AM
Herniated discs following TVH

People have been discussing disc replacement as a treatment for herniated discs.

I have researched disc replacement and there are orthopaedic surgeons who have been performing this procedure here in Australia for several years now, including one here on the Gold Coast.

I have consulted three orthopaedic surgeons now. One recommended a double disc replacement, the others said don't do it because the disc replacement may not resolve the pain and the long term durability of the artificial disc has not been proven nor can they remove the disc should some new condition arise. All three orthos advise against fusion when two discs are involved.
Long term outcomes for disc replacement show no real difference in reported pain from those who did not have the procedure.

I have had one epidural injection of cortisone which gave me two weeks of significant improvement in the pain levels but pain seemed worse when the cortisone wore off.

Now I'm investigating yet another disc treatment. I can let you know what I find.

Like many others discussing their herniated discs I have found little benefit from physical therapies, including acupuncture, exercise programs like deep water running, physiotherapy and massage. I have avoided chiropractors.

Heat has helped the most (after opiate type painkillers and anti inflammmatories) - I use a hotwater bottle a lot! More intense or prolonged physical activity of course exacerbates the pain but avoiding all physical activity does not help either.

I am convinced as time goes on (coming up two years) that neural damage and inflammation is at the heart of the pain, well beyond the immediate site of the prolapsed disc material.

I notice many have had an abdominal hysterectomy - mine was vaginal and I am also convinced that the cause of the herniated discs was the prolonged positioning of my legs for this procedure.
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Unread 08-05-2004, 08:48 PM
Herniated discs following TVH

Hi there and to Hyster Sisters. Thank you for sharing this information

I'm so sorry you've been having such a hard time I do hope that this new treatment work. Please be sure to keep us posted.

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