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Lumbar Disc Herniation

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PATIENT TESTIMONIAL

Dear Dr. Brusovanik and Staff,

In today’s world, receiving quality medical care is hard to come by and can be a very frustrating search, at best. Finding Dr. Brusovanik, who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, was a restoration of my faith in the medical community! His knowledge and professionalism is only surpassed by his personal interest, care and unique insight into his patient’s physical and mental challenges. He is an extremely proactive practitioner of the medical arts and his body of work, testimonialized by his peers and patients, is indicative of the care you also will receive. To make matters better, Dr. Brusovanik has surrounded himself with an amazing staff that are a true reflection of his positive vision. I’m a 33 year old, healthy, active male. Over the last couple of years I was experiencing chronic back and sciatic nerve pain due to a herniated disc in my lower back. The pain was excruciating and would not subside since my nerve was essentially pinched. Dr. Brusovanik explained to me in great detail all of my options and we agreed on a course of action to take in regards to my specific situation. Ultimately, I moved forward with surgery in December of 2013. I was never once concerned about my well being as I knew I was in great hands. Dr. Brusovanik treated me as if he were treating his brother or close family member. He followed up with me numerous times after my procedure and I also was able to contact him personally if I ever needed anything or in case of an emergency. Having that option was a very comforting feeling for me. The results speak for themselves – I followed his post-op instructions and was back to walking a few days after surgery. Fast-forward 7 months and I’m back to feeling almost 100% – working out and back to leading an active lifestyle. Each day when I wake up, I have Dr. Brusovanik to thank for being able to go about my daily routine in a normal fashion once again. Without a doubt, I would recommend Dr. Brusovanik to anyone who is experiencing issues with their back and/or neck.

Jay Passerino

ABOUT LUMBAR DISK HERNIATION

The spinal disk provides cushion between the spinal bones (Vertebrae) as well as maintains the space between the vertebrae to allow for easy passage of spinal nerves. If a disk herniates, it may push on the nerve that passes nearby. Nerves come from the brain, pass through the spine and go out to the buttock, thighs and legs. If you compress or irritate a nerve along the way, you begin to fill symptoms in the direction of that nerve. For example, pain along the side of the thigh, is usually due to compression of the 5th lumbar nerve. Back pain is frequently a muscular spasm that occurs as our body tries to immobilize the painful spinal segment.

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Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Sciatica may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the lumbar spinal column.

In order to diagnose a herniated disk, an MRI is needed. Our office can help you schedule your MRI prior to the visit – Please call 305.587.2611 to schedule the MRI.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)This noninvasive medical imaging technique uses a powerful magnetic field to create a detailed three-dimensional view of the inside of the body. The images it produces are similar to those generated by a Computed Tomography CT scan, but MRI images provide a much clearer view of soft tissues. This makes MRI a valuable diagnostic tool for the visualization of cancer, infection, internal bleeding and soft tissue trauma.

If Pain becomes unbearable or if you develop Numbness or Weakness, a small, “no muscle injury” surgery may help. If medicines, injection or therapy fails to provide relief, a minimally invasive procedure to remove the compression from the nerve is reasonable.

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Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid InjectionThis injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. The steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, sciatica and herniated discs.
Lumbar disc microsurgeryThis minimally invasive technique is used to remove the herniated portion of a vertebral disc. It is 95% to 98% effective in eliminating leg pain (sciatica) caused by nerve root compression. The procedure is performed through a small incision on the back.

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