“Mum, I have a pain in my left leg,” I said as an innocent 15-year-old boy. “You’re growing up, boy!” said my mother – and, naive as I was, I believed her.

Two weeks went by and I still had problems with my leg, so it was time to go and see the doctor. Once there, I was referred directly to a physiotherapist. After the therapist had asked me some questions, she said that I probably had a hernia. I then had an MRI scan.

Days passed, then finally I got a message from the radiology department. There was no turning back when I heard the grim news: “We have discovered a hernia at L5-S1 level, so you can commence manual therapy.” I can hear you thinking, “Wow, and you were 15 years old?” Anyway, surgery? That was the last thing I thought of. I was looking for an alternative way to get rid of my hernia.

A year’s physiotherapy, no success. Mensendieck therapy, no success. Getting fit, no success. Lying flat, no success. Acupuncture, no success. Manual therapy, no success. Nerve block, no success. And there I was, five years later, having achieved nothing. Getting up in pain and feeling cranky every day, limping, restricted in all my activities and – last but certainly not least – the horrible painkillers I swallowed each day. Enough: I wanted an answer. And there it was, after five years: Iprenburg.

I had the surgery, and two hours after the operation I was walking around as though nothing had happened! You may think, “What? That’s a joke, right?” No, no joke. The pain was gone! Did I feel any pain during surgery? No, but I did spend two hours talking to the anaesthetist. What did we talk about? I’ve no idea – apparently anything and everything. It was all bad, but what a great team! You know what I call the period after my surgery? The Renaissance. I’m reborn!


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    Rating: -35/10

    After a long history of back problems I always managed to ease the pain by moving around as much as possible. But in September 2015 I was in extreme pain in my right leg, this pain increased so much that…

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  • "I can walk and play golf again"

    Rating: 10/10

    In early October 2012, I underwent an endoscopic hernia operation, but I still had severe pain in my lower left leg afterwards. I took antidepressant tablets for the pain, 25mg three times a day. Dr. Iprenburg said the healing process will…

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  • "Three years now without symptoms"

    Rating: 10/10

    On November 4 2013, I was operated on by M. Iprenburg. I still had some symptoms afterwards. I’m a PE teacher. I could go back to work and perform any sport again without problems, even football and squash! I recommend this operation…

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    Rating: 10/10

    09-09-2015 On 4 June, I had surgery for a rather complicated condition. I suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS) and over the past year I’d been feeling even worse than I normally do. I visit my neurologist every six months to keep…

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  • "Rebirth!"

    Rating: 10/10

    “Mum, I have a pain in my left leg,” I said as an innocent 15-year-old boy. “You’re growing up, boy!” said my mother – and, naive as I was, I believed her. Two weeks went by and I still had…

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  • "Beyond my wildest dreams"

    Rating: 10/10

    On Thursday, June 4th, I had an operation performed by Dr. Iprenburg in Veenhuizen. Now, five days post-surgery, I have no problem walking and moving. After three years of pain, various annoying pain treatments, two previous operations, swallowing pills and…

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