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    Back Surgery Once Again for Adrian Schultheiss

    http://adrianschultheiss.com/news/12_13/october/25.html

    25.10.2012
    Adrian will undergo another surgery for his back today.

    It was after the short program at Finlandia Trophy earlier this month, that Adrian started to experience minor pain in his spine. During recent practice sessions it got worse. X-rays confirm another herniated disc, right above the last one that was operated on. Surgery is necessary since there's pressure on a nerve affecting his left leg and making it painful to move.

    In order for Adrian to be able to continue skating, this is the best solution. Adrian says it's hard, but he accepts the situation for what it is.
    Also available in Swedish:
    http://adrianschultheiss.com/sv/news...ctober/25.html

    In Russian:
    http://adrianschultheiss.com/ru/news...ctober/25.html

    In Japanese:
    http://adrianschultheiss.com/ja/news...ctober/25.html

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    Damn.. I feel so bad for Adrian

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    I hope he's really thinking through the potential long term consequences -- hate to see his back discs go one by one.

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    Poor Adrian

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    Damn....this just sucks .

    Having had three fusions for herniated discs myself (with two of them in the lumbar/sacral region of the spine), that kind of radiating nerve pain down the leg(s) is excruciating -- I cannot even imagine how anyone could skate, much less execute any jumps when in that much pain . After herniating a disc, especially in the lower back, it's not uncommon for one of the discs above or below it to degenerate and/or herniate due to the body compensating for the injured disc. Repetitive motions and stress, such as thousands of triple/quad jumps, can definitely contribute to disc degeneration. As much as it sucks to have surgery, it's better to take care of it rather than risk exacerbating the herniation by adopting a wait-and-see approach with epidural steroid treatments, nerve blocks, and physical therapy. In mild cases, those treatments can give some relief but don't eliminate the problem. In the case of being an athlete in a sport in which the lower back/hips take a pounding on a daily basis, putting off surgery could result in permanent damage to the spinal nerves and a lifetime of chronic pain.

    Do any of the articles that aren't in English go into any detail as to the severity of the herniation or which discs are affected? From the sound of it, I would bet dollars to donuts that the disc at L4-L5 is one of the two herniations, with the L5-S1 being the other affected disc. When did he herniate the first disc? Depending on the degree of nerve impingement, the surgery could be a decompression, or it could be a laminectomy/fusion (when the disc is completely removed and replaced with either donor bone or titanium "cages" which, as bone tissue grows around and through them, the two vertebrae become one longer one (in a double-level fusion, three vertebrae become one). Hopefully it's the former (a decompression) and not the latter, as a double-level fusion is a much more invasive surgery, requires a much longer recovery time, greatly decreases flexibility, and limits certain motions. As much as I hate to even think it, that would likely be career ending .

    Crossing my fingers and toes and hoping for a successful surgery, a quick, safe, and healthy recovery, and more skating from the Voidy Swede

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    That sucks.

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    Aw man...

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    Poor Adrian. That is really bad luck. I always look forward to what funky program he comes up with each season.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    Poor Adrian. That is really bad luck. I always look forward to what funky program he comes up with each season.
    me too

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    Poor poor Adrian! His programs in Finlandia Trophy showed again lots of voidy potential, but he was not skating them 100% Now we know the reason. Too bad, he is always so Adrianesque, so different from the other skaters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    Do any of the articles that aren't in English go into any detail as to the severity of the herniation or which discs are affected?
    Nope, it says the same thing. That it is the disk above the previously herniated disk that needs attention. Skate Sweden has a slightly longer article.The first herniated disk was operated on last autumn, and it took him 2-3 months to get back, so he's hoping to be back around NYE.

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    Ouch!! Poor guy.
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    I think he really needs to think about whether the risks outweigh the rewards of returning to skating. After I'd herniated my disc, I retired from jumping altogether, and moved to ice dance, to avoid the pounding and to avoid some of the falls.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

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    This is a shame.
    Wishing him a complete recovery.

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    I hope he recovers quickly and that the pain is gone.
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    My prayers are with his speedy recovery.

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