Language Assistance Available:
The benefits from the first shot only lasted 2 weeks. The second and third set of injections lasted about 90 days. In November, I was ready to have surgery. My EMG and nerve conduction tests proved that the nerves were "sleeping" before I was. After another MRI, the neurosurgeon said I was a candidate for surgery but I was not able to get the endoscopic type surgery that is less invasive. I would have an incision about 6-8" long. Along with removing the herniation, they would have to increase the size of the hole where the nerve roots were going through.
Nerve damage. This occurs in only about one in every 10,000 cases but could happen if the doctor accidentally jabs a nerve during the procedure. Nerve damage could result in incontinence, chronic back pain and, in rare instances, paralysis.
print Source: David Borenstein, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, with a private practice at Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates based in Chevy Chase, Rockville and Wheaton, Maryland, and Washington, DC. The author of Heal Your Back (M. Evans & Company), Dr. Borenstein is also the host of Speaking of Health with Dr. B , a weekly radio program on . Date: April 1, 2013 Publication: Bottom Line Health