I’m very interested in getting a Chymopapain injection to dissolve or reduce a sequestered disc fragment and ultimately reduce pressure on my nerve root. Based on quite a bit of research this appears to be a good intermediate treatment before resulting to surgery.
However, apparently this treatment is not widely available in the US, if at all. My understanding it is still used in Europe and parts of Asia, maybe Canada.
Does anybody have any tips about medical tourism?Specifically finding a facility that will offer the treatment and then vetting them. I’ve done quite a bit of research and have found that it is still offered in multiple places and that it has a high success rate, but can’t seem to find facilities that actually offer it. I think part of it is a language barrier....
I know we can’t solicit specific recommendations for doctors on the forum, so I’m more just looking for help to get the ball rolling.
Separately if anybody knows of minimally invasive treatments available in the US to reduce the size of a disc fragment, I’d be very interested. My doctor is saying I’m getting to a point where I have to decide on surgery to remove the fragment or risk permanent nerve damage.