My MRI shows a torn disc but I have no pain. Do I need surgery?
Not necessarily. A torn or herniated disc does not necessitate surgery if there is no pain or neurological injury. This is a common misconception and can lead to unnecessary surgeries. If your MRI shows a herniated disc and your pain is coming from another region, additional diagnostic testing should be performed to find out where the pain is coming from. Many times, pain that was thought to originate from a torn disc is actually from another problem such as a hip injury that is causing pain similar to that of a herniated disc. Tests used to find the origin of your pain include a discogram or an EMG. These tests are done on site at Deuk Spine Institute and have helped many find the source of their pain.
What are the risks of treatment at Deuk Spine Institute?
Our procedures are the most minimally invasive and successful procedures available in the world. Complications with our procedures occur less than 1% of the time. Leaving conditions of the spine untreated can lead to additional or worsening problems, such as nerve damage and gait problems. If you experience pain in your back or neck or numbness and tingling in your hands or feet, make an appointment to speak directly with a physician.
Am I too old for laser spine surgery?
Deuk Laser Disc Repair has been performed on individuals up to their late eighties with great success! Age does not matter, although your medical condition does. That is why the appropriate testing from a primary care physician, cardiologist, and any other appropriate parties is essential to determine if a surgery can be performed without complications.
I had back surgery, but still have back pain. Can you help?
Absolutely. We are a beacon of hope for all who suffer from back pain and sciatica, even after having an unsuccessful surgery. Unfortunately, there are many people like you that had the wrong type of procedure performed and we can certainly help. We have successfully fixed many unsuccessful surgeries performed by other physicians.
Do I need an MRI before you will see me?
No. If you haven’t had an MRI, we will order and schedule any testing needed after your first visit. Many diagnostic tests, including MRI, can be performed right here on site.
What insurances do you accept?
We accept most insurance including: worker’s comp, commercial such as Aetna, BCBS or UHC, Cigna, Medicare, private plans, VA, Tricare, self pay and many others.
Why can’t I just take painkillers for my back and leg pain?
Pain killers commonly used to treat back and leg pain include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (e.g. motrin, naproxen, celelbrex, Vioxx), muscle relaxers (e.g. valium, flexeril, soma, robaxin) and narcotics (e.g. lortab, Percocet, oxycodone, hydromorphone, Darvocet). These medications can be toxic to your body if used for prolonged periods of time.