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Patient’s Feedback after 1 Year

Here at International Lumbago Clinic, patients are contacted periodically for post-treatment follow-ups. We’ll be sharing the feedback of our patients and their condition from before treatment to a year after treatment.

*Satisfaction rating on a scale of 0-10

70s, Female

Treatment Method

DST (Discseel™) Treatment at 3 disc levels.

Symptoms before treatment

Patient was already experiencing fatigue in the lower back previously, but 2 weeks ago she suddenly experienced severe pain in the lower back combined with pain in and around the hip joints down to the entirety of the right leg. After consulting at a nearby hospital, patient was diagnosed with a collapsed L4/5 disc and surgery was recommended.

Due to the pain that arises when walking, movement is difficult for the patient, but she would also like to avoid surgery if possible and seeks outpatient treatment at this hospital.

1 Week Post-treatment

Symptoms appear to be the same as pre-treatment, with pain in the lower back, buttocks, and right leg. Patient plans to begin rehabilitation treatment next week to improve symptoms.

1 Month Post-treatment

There are no significant changes compared to the symptoms 1 week post-treatment. Strong dull pain occurs when patient walks or stands for long periods of time, resulting in her being unable to move for a while after. Patient is still trying to remain as active as possible and continue with rehabilitation treatment.

3 Months Post-treatment

Symptoms are improving gradually. Currently the symptoms are at about 30% of the symptoms at 1 month post-treatment. As the patient is seeing results from rehabilitation treatment, she intends to continue with it on a regular basis.

6 Months Post-treatment

All the symptoms have improved significantly, and the pain has been greatly alleviated. Even though pain in the lower back often occurs when getting up from bed, the patient is not bothered by it as she is pleased that she’s now able to move around freely without discomfort.

1 Year Post-treatment

There is occasional pain and tightness in the muscles of the lower back, buttocks, and thighs, but the symptoms are much better than before the patient received treatment. Patient is very satisfied with the treatment but feels that there is always room for improvement.

Satisfaction Level: 8

40s, Male

Symptoms before treatment

2.5 years ago, the patient began experiencing strong pain in the piriformis muscle and outer thigh region on both legs when walking. In severe cases, he is unable to walk due to intermittent claudication.

Patient also experiences numbness and cold feet syndrome in the toes, and is sometimes unable to move them at will. He was diagnosed at another hospital with spinal stenosis (LCS) at 2 disc levels, and lumbar spondylolisthesis at 1 disc level. Patient was recommended to undergo spinal fusion surgery, but as he would like to avoid that as much as possible, he found the hospital’s website and hopes to receive treatment here.

1 Week Post-treatment

Numbness in both legs is around the same as pre-treatment, but the severity of the pain in the buttocks and legs have decreased.

1 Month Post-treatment

There are no significant changes in the symptoms compared to a week post-treatment – patient is experiencing pain in the buttocks, and pain and numbness in both legs. However, symptoms are alleviated some days with medication where it had no effect previously.

3 Months Post-treatment

No changes to the pain and numbness in the legs, but the pain in the buttocks have decreased by half. Patient has decreased the frequency of pain medication and hopes the symptoms continue to improve.

6 Months Post-treatment

Symptoms have improved significantly a few days ago – there is virtually no pain remaining in the legs and buttocks. There is still some numbness in the legs, but the patient is able to conduct daily activities and isn’t bothered by it.

1 Year Post-treatment

There is no recurrence of the pain at all, and patient is in disbelief. However, numbness remains in the sole region of both feet, so not all the symptoms are gone.

Despite that, the patient has no disruptions in daily life, and is extremely grateful.

Satisfaction Level: 10