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Michael Porter undergoes second back surgery

Ronnie Mimran M.D.

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Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter underwent a second lumbar surgery, just a few months after having a microdiscectomy.  Details on the second surgery are scarce, but it likely was one of two things.  The first, and more likely possibility, is that there was recurrent or residual disc material near the nerve, and Porter was having ongoing symptoms that were not resolving.  This surgery would be very similar to the initial microdiscectomy, and will set his timeline back.  Return to play would probably be around 3-6 months.  The second possibility for the surgery is that he had a spinal fluid leak.  Surgery for this is rare, but sometimes necessary (this is the surgery that Steve Kerr required twice).  This has a shorter timeline to return to play, likely 6-8 weeks.

Dr. Mimran is board certified in neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. His practice focuses on surgical and non-surgical treatment of brain and spine disorders, with an emphasis on minimally invasive and image-guided techniques for the spine. He has a broad experience with the neurosurgical care of the injured athlete and serves as a consultant for multiple different professional sports teams. Dr. Mimran received his BS in physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his medical training at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Florida. along with a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery. Following his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Mimran moved to the Bay Area and joined the team at Pacific Brain and Spine Medical Group, in Danville, California. Dr. Mimran has received numerous awards and honors, earning the Patients’ Choice Award for seven consecutive years, and gaining recognition as a five-year honoree of the Compassionate Doctor Award, among others. He is also a leading educator in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and navigated spine surgery, and has taught over 200 courses worldwide.

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