Sipped or herniated disc is a condition in which one of the discs in the spine ruptures and the gel inside leaks out. It causes numbness and pain along the route of the affected nerve. In severe cases, the patient may require surgery to remove or repair the slipped disc. Noted Hollywood film producer Rudolph Watz was also suffering from slipped disc for some time and had difficulty in walking. Rudolph has successfully underwent a minimal invasive procedure at a hospital in Mumbai, reported the hospital authorities.
Several consultations with spine specialists in USA and UK had asked him to undergo open spine surgery, which Rudolph did not want to in view of its morbid and painful post-operative course. His quest for better treatment continued and he finally came across the name of Dr. Arvind G Kulkarni of 'Mumbai Spine Scoliosis and Disc Replacement Center' in Mumbai.
Rudolph flew to India and after several consultations with Dr. Kulkarni, he successfully underwent the Microendoscopy Disectomy, in which an 18 mm incision (almost scarless) and METRX tubes were used unlike the open surgery. According to the health experts, the success rate of this procedure is close to 100%. The advantages of this surgery is early recovery, minimal post-operative pain, minimal blood loss and better cosmesis. The recovery is quite immediate and the patient can start walking on the same day.
Rudolph said, "The pain in me was basically due to the spinal nerves being under pressure from lower lumbar compression. I can say that my experience with Kulkarni's minimally invasive surgery at Mumbai has been a total success in all respects. The cost involved is one sixth of what it would cost me in London where the minimal invasive technique is actually tough to find. For foreign patients the services from airport pick up and drop to all medical arrangements and costs, made the whole experience simple and quite reliable for me."