Two Moving Cases Exemplify Three Successful Decades of Universal Endoscopic Discectomy Procedures

Dr. Seyed M. Rezaian, innovator of the UED operation, shares two personal reports of past surgeries and their recent check ins

Jun 28, 2012, 14:20 ET from California Orthopaedic Medical Clinic, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Living with chronic back pain can make even the most optimistic person become demoralized. Surgeries can be overly invasive and, because back pain can be so mysterious, aren't always successful. This is why Dr. Seyed M. Rezaian, M.D., Ph.D., an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, designed Universal Endoscopic Discectomy (UED). UED is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small incision and camera to guide lasers during back surgery. It's been incredibly effective; here are 2 of his favorite success stories as reported in his case studies.

An early case comes from a young girl named Karla. Karla was 13 years old when she injured herself at swim practice. The pain was so severe that she couldn't sit and had to eventually withdraw from school. For 14 months, she and her parents tried alleviating her pain through the appropriate conservative methods: visiting a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and eventually a department of Neurosurgery. Her neurologist and neurosurgeon declared that her pain was psychological and referred her to a psychiatrist. The therapist decided to treat her for some sort of teenage crisis syndrome. 4 months later, she still couldn't sit or raise her leg, so her parents took her to Dr. Rezaian's office. He suspected that she had a ruptured disc and, after approval from Karla's parents, did a discogram which confirmed his hunch. Then, Dr. Rezaian performed an endoscopic discectomy. Karla was pain free after only a few hours, even able to raise her leg fully. She went back to school, started swimming and skating, and once again regained her life's normalcy. Karla recently checked back in with Dr. Rezaian after 20 years and she continues to live a life without lower back pain.

A second case concerns 27-year-old Elizabeth, who went through very similar trials. She was working at a bank when her chair collapsed. She felt lower back pain and right-side sciatica and went to the Emergency Room. There, they reported that her lumbar spine was normal from an X-Ray and recommended physical therapy and medication. Her ordeal took 20 months. She was given a brace, tried physical therapy, and referred to a psych clinic. A neurosurgeon even tried exploring her back through surgery to decompress the nerve, but there was no herniated disc so she did not get better. Elizabeth eventually lost her job and was left by her husband; like many suffering through chronic back pain, she was severely depressed. When she first met with Dr. Rezaian, he recommended looking at and operating on the sciatic nerve. Already displeased with surgery (with a 3" incision on her lumbar spine to prove it), she immediately left the clinic. 3 weeks later, she came back. Eventually, spine surgery in Los Angeles was performed. Dr. Rezaian split the neural sheet of the sciatic nerve and discovered a schwannoma. She went home the same day, felt no more pain after 10 days, and in time regained her job at the bank. After 10 years, she revisited Dr. Rezaian at California Orthopaedic Medical Clinic, Inc., even bringing her mother along, to show her sustained good health to him.

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