Can a Revolutionary Spinal Micro-Surgery Change Woman's Life?

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After seven years of neck pain and increasing weakness, a young woman is undergoing a revolutionary spinal procedure to save her arm function and get her life back.

Celia was always an active person until she started to experience terrible neck and back pain, along with numbness and weakness in her right arm. She was diagnosed with a herniated disc. A disc fragment is compressing a major nerve and causing her pain and weakness.

Not only is it painful, but doctors have told her she might lose the use of her arm entirely. She is terrified of the possibility – “It’s scary to think of losing my arm.”

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Spinal Surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed thinks he can help Celia by using a new microsurgical technique to enter her spine from the back. The incision is less than an inch long and the entire procedure is done under a microscope.

Precision is crucial – if Dr. Melamed damages the compressed nerve, the spinal cord, or the vertebral artery, the result could be disastrous. He removes the fragments of herniated disc, working with only millimeters to spare. He expects a great recovery for Celia. “In a few months, this will just be a bad dream!” he says.

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Celia joins The Doctors. She’s pain-free and she feels great. Her surgery was less than a week ago! Traditional herniated disc surgery takes months to recover from.
“We talk about minimally invasive, but I would take this to another level – it’s microscopic,” Dr. Melamed says. The technique takes finesse, but patients experience far less pain afterward, recovery is easier, and there’s less trauma to the body.

ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork warns the audience, “when you’re starting to develop severe weakness,” don’t ignore the warning signs! Numbness in your limbs could indicate a severe problem so get it checked immediately.

The Doctors have a surprise for Celia. “To help you get active again,” Dr. Stork announces, Karma Athletics is providing $2,000 in workout apparel for her. Plus, Dancer 4 Life dance studio is offering 100 free classes to Celia and her daughter.