Spine specialists at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon successfully treat 34 yr old Iraqi woman suffering from slip disc and sciatica. She was complaining of pain in the left leg that disabled her for the last few months. Ms. Faten Khalid Ijoob was suffering from severe pain in her left leg that was making her unable to walk and stand. With no history of diabetes, hypertension and cardiac disease, Fatem was really concerned about her health. Besides pain, she also suffered from severe numbness in her leg. After consulting various doctors in Iraq, she decided to come to India for treatment of her spine problem. Various international patients in India and Iraq recommended Dr. Arun Bhanot’s name to her for good treatment and genuine advice.
Dr. Arun Bhanot is a distinguished and well-respected name in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery in India. Dr. Bhanot has performed more than 3000 spinal procedures and more than 550 endoscopic and minimally invasive spinal procedures under local anesthesia. Dr. Bhanot has also pioneered Keyhole Cervical Endoscopic Disc Surgery under Local Anesthesia in India and is one of the leading surgeons in India to perform keyhole endoscopic lumbar slip disc surgery.
On consulting Dr. Arun Bhanot, Chief of Spine Services at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon an MRI of the Lumbosacral Spine was done. Dr. Bhanot diagnosed that Ms. Faten was suffering from Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc also known as a Herniated Disc or Slip Disc. This was causing the numbness and pain in her left leg.
According to Dr. Arun Bhanot, “A herniated or Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc is a condition in which the soft centers of a spinal disc push through a crack in the tougher exterior casing of the intervertebral disc. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Not every slip disc needs intervention. When required, treatment includes medication, physiotherapy and possibly surgery. This issue affects more than 10 million Indians annually and the risk for the same begins to post the age of 17 years. As we grow older, our intervertebral discs begin to lose water content and betray years of stress and pressure. For this reason, the body’s natural aging process is by far the prevailing underlying cause of prolapsed discs. However, several factors may lead to prolapsed discs in both the young and the elderly, such as improper movements, sports injuries, trauma, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, malnutrition and family history of herniated discs. In Faten’s case, the L4-5 disc was showing a posterocentral bulge with a spinal nerve compression.
Dr. Ankush Garg, a senior consultant and a part of the spine team at Paras Hospitals, further adds, “Based on the extent of the degeneration seen in the spine, Faten was recommended a specialized surgery – Microdecompression. It is a decompression surgery that removes the part of the slip disc that is pinching the spinal nerve thus releasing the nerve from undue pressure.
Faten was prepared for surgery and the specialized procedure took about an hour to perform. Post surgery she started moving around independently the very next day and there was no period of bed rest. Faten shares, “ Earlier I thought that going through a spine surgery would be difficult and risky for me, but my experience has been very positive. A small incision was made in my back and through the same, the surgery was done. I hardly have any scans on my body and my body has healed well. I am thankful to Allah who has given me the strength and the ability to walk again. I am also indebted to Dr. Bhanot for guiding me, supporting me and providing me the best care. May all needy get a doctor like him.”
Today a month post surgery, Faten is healthy and able to walk and move freely. Dr. Bhanot states, “Any spine injury needs immediate and early care so that treatment and rehabilitation can be done in a timely manner. The treatment is mostly medical and rehabilitative and very few patients need surgery. However, any delay in treatment can complicate the health condition and lead to permanent disability. Hence if you are suffering from unexplained back pain or neck pain for a long time, it is best that you consult a specialist at the earliest.”