warren_smith_2 Intervertebral disc surgery in gentle cycle:
Munich doctor makes ski star fit

The famous English free skier Thomas S. went on a trip to Munich last week. The reason for this was not a short vacation or a show demonstration, but an endoscopic disc surgery with Dr. Michael Schubert from the Munich Apex Spine Center.

The diagnosis of “large lumbar disc herniation” - an incident in the lumbar spine - is doubly dramatic for a professional athlete like Thomas S. (39): not only private activities, but also the exercise of his profession can be significantly affected.

The internationally sought-after ski instructor and one of the best off-piste skiers in the professional field therefore traveled to the Apex Spine Center in Munich one day before his birthday to get under the knife of Dr. To lay Michael Schubert. He successfully operated the ski star in local anesthesia with a twilight sleep through an endoscopic herniated disc removal - endoscopic disc surgery. After only one night in hospital, Smith was able to return home on his birthday. The professional athlete has to wear a supportive corset for two weeks, and in six weeks he can be back on the slopes.

Thomas S. placed his health in the experienced hands of Dr. Schubert, who performs the gentlest intervertebral disc operation in the world at the Apex Spine Center in Munich - without general anesthesia. "Thanks to this unique surgical method, a herniated disc in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine can be repaired more gently and with less risk than ever before," says spinal surgeon Dr. Michael Schubert. Instead of an open intervention through a five to eight centimeter long incision, the new method only requires a minimal incision for a 6.5 millimeter thick working tube. The slipped disc part is removed within 30 to 45 minutes with mini instruments. The spine specialist developed the small surgical tools required for this himself.

Thomas S. is not the only well-known professional athlete who started from Dr. Schubert was treated in this way. German rowing world champion Matthias Schömann-Finck also suffered a severe herniated disc in 2010 on the last disc level. Any conventional method failed, rehab did not help - until he got on Dr. Schubert put. How fit he is again today was demonstrated by the athlete with his team-mates in the lightweight quad at this year's World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. The team made it into the World Cup semi-finals.

In almost 5000 patients, Dr. Michael Schubert has already successfully applied this minimally invasive endoscopic disc surgery method. Since there is no need for complicated follow-up treatments, extended hospital stays and long downtimes in professional life, the costs of the treatment are many times lower than with conventional intervertebral disc operations.

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Photo: Thomas S. (left) was able to get a day after the intervertebral disc surgery by Dr. Michael Schubert (r.) Leave the Apex Spine Center in Munich. (Source: Thomas S., Apex Spine Center)


I needed to tell just one sentence and diagnosis was established and then also confirmed by imaging techniques. Neither the orthopedic specialist nor the radiologist I had visited before, had identified the herniated disc. They told me to do some sports and that surgery would not help. Immediately after the surgery in the ATOS clinic, my symptoms disappeared and I was also pain free. Absolute number 1 address for spinal disc problems.


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