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Overcoming the Pain of a Failed Procedure

When someone has had a surgical procedure that has not produced the results that they expected or were promised, patients are not only disappointed by the lack of results, but can often be discouraged from pursuing future procedures in an effort to try again. This is especially true with patients who have experienced a failed back surgery, only to experience pain that is as bad as or worse than what they felt before. Yet, patients should be aware that there is an option for relief.

At the California Orthopedic Medical Center, Seyed M. Rezaian, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S., F.I.C.S. has honed a technique referred to as the Universal Endoscopic Laser Discectomy (UED) that has helped countless patients get back on their feet and back to a life with minimal or no pain. The UED is a revolutionary type of laser back surgery that takes a minimally invasive approach in removing only part of the damaged disk in question. Because the surgery has a lower overall impact on the patient, and only uses an incision of about 1/10 of an inch in size, patients find that they can return to work quicker and typically with far less pain than they experienced before. In fact, the procedure is so minimally invasive that it is performed in an outpatient setting using only local anesthesia.

Dr. Rezaian has long used this method for both for herniated disk and for spinal stenosis treatment. Overall, 90 percent of all patients who had the procedure were able to return to their jobs that the pain was interfering with, with two thirds of those patients being able to do so without the need for pain medication.