Zaid Qudsay Aj- Jawher Abdul Ghani, from Iraq was suffering from persistent neck pain for the last 6 years. Along with neck pain he complained of pain in the left arm and a tingling sensation and numbness in the same area. This pain affected his personal and professional life for several years.
“It was dreadful. There were days when I just couldn’t get out of bed or even stand straight. I changed the mattress, pillows and even the direction of sleeping, but nothing helped me. Specialized physiotherapy session also brought me little benefit. I felt that the pain was increasing everyday and spreading to other parts of the body”, shares Zaid.
On consultation with local doctors in Iraq and after doing MRI of his neck, he was told that he suffered from a severe slip disc in his neck (cervical) that was pinching his nerves and causing all his difficulties. He was recommended an operation for the same but he was scared about it believing that such operations were very risky and complicated. Then he was recommended by one of the Iraqi neurosurgeons to consult Dr Arun Bhanot, who is a renowned expert in this field.
Dr Arun Bhanot is currently working as Chief of Spine Services, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, India.
Dr. Arun Bhanot, a distinguished spine surgeon has performed more than 2000 spinal procedures and more than 500 endoscopic and minimally invasive spinal procedures under local anesthesia. Dr Bhanot had 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. Google search also helped him find information on the doctor.
Zaid came to Paras Gurgaon with his sister, who is herself a medical doctor in Iraq and after consultation with Dr Bhanot, a microscopic spine surgery was recommended. According to Dr Arun Bhanot, “His investigations revealed that he was suffering from chronic neck pain that was due to a slip disc and his radiology reports confirmed him to be suffering from a C5-6 slip disc. The pain that he was experiencing was also radicular in nature – a type of pain that radiates into the arm directly along the course of a spinal nerve root that gets pinched by the slipped disc. Radicular pain is caused by compression, inflammation and/or injury to a spinal nerve root arising from common conditions including herniated disc, foraminal stenosis and perineural fibrosis. The herniated disc would have to be corrected through a surgery that included disectomy and decompression along with a stabilizing implant.”
In basic terms to treat the herniated disc causing neck and arm pain, a specialized microsurgery was conducted. The same included the insertion of implant consisting of a spacer and 2 screws in the C5 and 2 screws in the C6 bones of the spinal column.
Dr Bhanot shares, “Disk herniation is most often the result of a gradual, aging-related wear and tear called disk degeneration. As you age, your spinal disks lose some of their water content. That makes them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist. It is characterized with arm, neck, back and leg pain along with numbness and tingling sensation in the affected areas. Severe muscle weakness is also noticed in some cases. Zaid was a typical case of Cervical disk herniation.”
The complex spine surgery was performed microscopically by a team of spine surgeons consisting of Dr Arun Bhanot and Dr Ankush Garg – through a small cut in the front of neck. This procedure ensures faster recovery, less blood loss, lower chances of infection and the patient can get back on his/her feet real soon. For Zaid going back home was just a matter of few days.
Zaid’s recovery was pretty quick as he felt complete pain relief on the very next day of surgery and started walking independently. There was no period of bed rest involved with his spine surgery, which was contrary to his previous beliefs. After going through rehabilitation in the hospital for 2 days, Zaid was able to start living a normal life and enjoy being pain free. “It is like a dream come true. The constant feeling of pain numbs you off any emotion. Now I feel much better and in control. The surgery despite my fears was comfortable and pain free. I had expected huge cuts and complications, however thanks to Dr Bhanot , my journey to recovery was smooth.”
According to Dr Bhanot and Dr Garg, “Just like Zaid, even Indians tend to ignore their back pain until it becomes chronic. Recent studies highlight that today due to desk jobs, 3 in every 10 individuals suffer from back/neck pain issues. The best is to maintain a proper lifestyle, exercise, have the right sitting and walking body postures and above all consult a specialist in the early stages so that your medical condition can be managed.”