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Published on August 07, 2013

Marc Davison - Herniated Disc Patient 

Marc Davison, 41, of Compton, woke up with pain on Christmas Day 2012. Though he had not suffered an injury, the pain in his arm and neck persisted for a week and it hurt to walk or sit down too heavily. His wife took him in to the emergency room on New Year’s Day. The doctor there recommended he see Dr. Raymond Hwang.

Marc followed up with Dr. Hwang and found out that he had a herniated disc in his neck that was putting pressure on a nerve near his spinal cord. Unfortunately, Marc's pain did not improve with non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy and injections. Because his arm pain continued to be quite severe, Dr. Hwang recommended an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, a procedure on the cervical (neck) region of the spine to help relieve pressure on the nerve. Over time, wear and tear, arthritis or an injury can cause changes in the cervical spine that can lead to pressure and irritation of the nerves or even the spinal cord. These changes can result in severe pain, numbness and tingling, and/or weakness particularly down one or both arms. During the operation, a small incision is made in the front of the neck. Using a microscope, the surgeon removes the disc that is causing the problem. The bones are then fused, or joined together, using a bone graft and a specialized metal plate.

Marc said, “I’m very happy with everything—my surgeon, Dr. Hwang, and the staff at Kishwaukee Hospital. I’m very familiar with surgeries—I’ve had surgeries on my knees and hands before—this experience was different than those, no comparison. When you do internet research, there are a lot of unknowns. Dr. Hwang took the time to listen to my symptoms, I never felt rushed, and he put me at ease the first time meeting him. I had no hesitation in going forth with the surgery with him.”

Marc returned to work within weeks of his surgery as a heavy equipment operator and is feeling great. He constantly looks up and down and around, moving his head easily without pain while he is running big machinery, which is imperative for the safety of his work.

 

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