Your practice emphasis is helping patients with serious disc problems avoid surgery. Describe the typical patient that you see.
Our typical patient is a person who has already had surgery, or is contemplating surgery for severe pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and other symptoms due to damaged discs in their neck or back. Typically, patients have tried what we call the standard of care for many months or years with little to no short or long term success, and now they are faced with the real possibility of having surgery. While their certainly is a time and place for surgery, unfortunately, surgery will not actually make a damaged disc better or healthier. At best, a surgery may cover up the symptoms for awhile, however, the disc will continue to fail because it wasn’t actually “healed” with the surgery. Additionally, the discs above and below the damaged disc will begin to fail as well as they now have to compensate. This eventually leads to a reoccurrence of the same disc problem the patient originally had, or the discs above and below fail, and then surgery is recommended to them as their only option. Very commonly, one surgery leads to a second, which leads to a third, and then ultimately a fusion. Our typical patient is one who wants to avoid surgery if possible.
Your program has a very high success rate when many other therapies, including surgery, have failed for your patients. Why is that?
For qualified candidates, we do have a very high success rate in helping people avoid surgery, over 95% in fact. We are able to achieve this high success rate because we are actually able to, for the right person, help the disc heal and improve by giving the disc what it actually needs in order to heal. Any tissue, including disc tissue, can heal if it’s given what it needs. The research proves this fact. Recently, we had a patient come to our office who had a microdisectomy several years ago. Unfortunately, because the disc itself was not any healthier than it was before the surgery, it reherniated after a few years, and the gentleman came into our office in tears, in 10/10 pain, lying on the floor because that was the most comfortable position for him. Other doctors recommended surgery, but because he already had surgery several years ago, he wanted to avoid it again. The good news is that he was a candidate for our program, and after undergoing our treatment, he is now pain free and didn’t have to have the surgery. Our program has the potential to really help people, if they are a qualified candidate, because we are actually getting the disc tissue to heal and repair. The body wants to repair itself, it just needs the right tools.
How can potential patients learn more about you and what your office has to offer?
I would encourage patients who have been diagnosed with, or suspect, a disc issue and want to avoid surgery, if possible, to view our website at www.MnDiscInstitute.com where they can learn much more about our office and view real patient success stories!
Dr. Jamy Antoine
Minnesota Disc Institute