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How effective is Dr. Ditsworths Non traumatic Discectomy

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How effective is Dr. Ditsworth's Non traumatic Discectomy operation?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
These types of operations -- where the incision is limited to a few millimeters and all of the work is done through a very small tube -- can be effective in specific situations.

The specific situation would be a soft, herniated disc -- that is "pinching" your nerve, and causing your pain.

If the pieces of disc can be removed successfully -- and your body heals the area where your disc had herniated -- then this can help greatly with your pain.

However, one has to realize the limitations of this surgery -- because of the small working area, he may not be able to clean the entire area out, or may have recurrent herniation of disc material -- and that further surgery may be needed.

But if your MRI suggests that it could work -- his website "cites" at 97% success rate in improving pain. While no one can collaborate if that is true, in the ideal patient, this surgery can be effective.