Years after I had back surgery, I began to have a back ache that eventually became painful, but it was a different type of pain than what I had experienced prior to back surgery.
My primary care physician ordered tests that showed a herniated disc at the junction of L-5 and S-1, the next level down from my first surgery, and referred me to the Holy Family Hospital Center for Pain Management.
After an evaluation, we decided to start with a steroid injection to control pain, which helped, but the relief didn’t last long. Dr. Frederic Gerges said I was a good candidate for a new procedure called hydrodiscectomy.
Through a small incision, a cannula was inserted between vertebrae, and with water and suction, the center of the protruding disc was removed, and the debris is vacuumed out, allowing the part of the disc that’s protruding, to move back into the center of the disc, relieving pressure on the nerve. That was two years ago and I still don’t have any pain. With my first back surgery I was out of work for three weeks. I had the hydrodiscectomy on a Friday and I was back to work on Tuesday.
The Pain Center team is a highly compassionate and works hard to provide relief for patients.