Finding Relief from Long-standing Back Pain

53-year-old Mr. Ranjan Bashak, a Bangladeshi citizen, arrived at Artemis Hospital in Gurugram, India, seeking relief from a persistent struggle. For the past two years, he had been grappling with severe low back pain that radiated down his leg. This pain significantly impacted his daily life, limiting his mobility and overall well-being.

Seeking Expert Help:

Determined to find a solution, Mr. Bashak consulted Dr. Hitesh Garg, Head of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Artemis Hospital. Dr. Garg, a renowned spine specialist, carefully evaluated Mr. Bashak’s condition. This included a detailed history of his pain, a physical examination, and diagnostic imaging studies like X-rays and MRIs.

Diagnosis and Treatment Plan:

The investigations revealed a diagnosis of lumbar disc prolapse with stenosis at the L5-S1 level. This condition occurs when the disc cushioning the vertebrae in the lower back (lumbar spine) bulges or ruptures, pressing on the spinal nerves. The stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal, further aggravating the nerve compression and causing radiating leg pain, a condition known as sciatica.

Considering Treatment Options:

Dr. Garg discussed various treatment options with Mr. Bashak. Given the severity and duration of his pain, minimally invasive TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion) surgery was recommended. This procedure aims to stabilize the spine, decompress the nerve roots, and alleviate pain by inserting a spacer between the vertebrae.

Successful Surgery and Recovery:

Mr. Bashak opted for the MIS TLIF surgery, and the procedure was performed successfully by Dr. Garg. The minimally invasive approach offered potential benefits like reduced blood loss, faster recovery, and less post-operative pain.

Returning Home with Renewed Hope:

Following a two-week recovery period under Dr. Garg’s supervision at Artemis Hospital, Mr. Bashak was ready to return home to Bangladesh. He was relieved to be pain-free and optimistic about regaining his mobility and quality of life.