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Posted by Jill D on October 25, 2000 at 08:24:33:

In Reply to: Two Questions posted by Tweak on October 25, 2000 at 03:05:40:

Hi Tweak - about deleting the original post - I usually do, just because it makes it easier to read mine, without having to re-read the other one. Sometimes, though, I will leave one or two sentences that I am specifically adressing. You can do it any way you want.

About IDET - this is a procedure where a surgeon makes a tiny (1-inch) incision, and inserts a wire into you spine, around the damaged disc. The wire is then heated to about 170 degrees, and is supposed to "melt" the collagen fibers together, thereby repairing any tears in the disc, and eliminating pain. I have seen a couple articles that say there is about a 70 percent success rate, and I have seen others that say the results are only temporary, about a year or so.

Best wishes and God bless your day!
Jill

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