A new procedure is available now in this
country which had its origins in
Italy. It was developed by an
Italian orthopedic surgeon by the name of Dr.
Cesar Verga. Dr.
Verga has been using this out patient treatment for
discs since 1984. The procedure is available throughout Europe
is being taught at conferences throughout Europe.
Verga claims a success rate of over 95 percent with virtually
recovery time and no side effects. It seems to be too good
to be true!. To
the thousands of patients treated, the answer is
apparently that it worked.
The procedure can also be effective in
conditions of back pain without disc
apparently works because of many factors. The ozone/ozygen
has specific actions on the protruding disc by acting on
a molecular level
on the bonds holdiing the herniation together.
With the bonds broken, the
disc herniation apparently resolves.
The method also apparently brings about
microvascularization(more blood supply) and oxygen to the area. This
essential to healing. Dr. Verga claims more fibroblasts are
brought into the
area of the disc herniation which helps heal the
area. The treatment also
apparently reduces the swelling in the
area which seems to contribute to the
compression pain and
inflammation so frequently present.
The procedure involves
the use of ozone and oxygen mixture applied around
disc area. At the beginning, the therapy requires two
per week for a period of one to two months. On average, a
of fourteen(14) treatments are required, depending upon the
is slight pain in the injection area for several
minutes but usually less
than five(5) minutes.
claims that traditional back surgery does not address
underlying cause of the problem and actually offsets the
aspects of the back problem. This is very much an
osteopathic concept as
well as the opinion of Dr. Verga. The
failure rate in traditional surgery is
too high. After a second
back surgery, which is not atypical, you are
considered a back
failure case and treated almost totally with drugs only.
are really abandoned by the medical system.
"In the United
States, approximately two thirds of all patients enrolled
chronic pain centers suffer from the failed back
indisputable that a far greater number of
lumbar disc operations per 100,000
population are performed in
the United States than in European countries,
even though there
is little or no evidence to suggest a major dissimilarity
frequency, severity, or type of low back disease encountered on
two continents..... Thus, the conclusion the many American
syndromes result from excessive surgical intervention
seems difficult to
avoid" (The Failed Back Syndrome- Etiology and
Therapy, Second Edition,
Harold W. Wilkinson, M.D. Ph.D. 1992
,Page 4, Springer -Verlag quoted from
Mister W. Bar S: Rupture of
the intervertebral disk with involvement of the
spinal canal. N.
Engl J Med 1934:211:210-214)
Even carefully executed surgery
is doomed to failure if it is performed for
diagnosis...All that glitters is not gold and all that hurts
not disc disease. Even if the diagnosis of lumbar disc disease
made, surgery may be improper if it is unnecessary.
A significant percentage
of patients with lumbar disc disease,
even those with sciatica and nerve
root compression, will respond
quite adequately to nonoperative therapy(page
patient has been operated on many neurosurgeons decline to
what becomes designated as "a surgical disease," and many
recognize that further surgery is not likely to be
productive, do not offer
nonsurgical treatment. Preface to second
Edition, ,page vi."The Failed Back
Syndrome Etiology and Therapy,
Second Edition, Harold A. Wilkinson supra.
amount of what we claim to be our knowledge of
pathophysiology and appropriate therapy for the complex of
constitute the failed back syndrome remains
unvalidated by careful
scientific study." Le Blanc FE(ed):
Scientific approach to the assessment
and management of activity
related spinal disorders. A Monograph for
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