Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)
Franklin, MA • (508) 541-0004
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677
Olympic weightlifter, Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera, spent his lifetime training for the Olympic Games and battling chronic back pain. In January 2009 Figueroa underwent major spine surgery after suffering a herniated cervical disc. Years later, only several months prior to competing in the 2016 Olympic Games, Figueroa continued to suffer from chronic back pain
Figueroa' career was on the line until Dr. Jorge Felipe Ramirez, a pioneer in endoscopic minimally invasive surgery in Latin America suggested the Disc FX procedure. The Disc FX procedure is done by specialists and is offered by very few doctors.
In January 2016 Figueroa underwent the Disc FX procedure to treat his chronic back pain. He recovered three months later to compete at the Test Event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera won the Gold medal in Olympic weightlifting. The 33-year-old clinched the gold medal and personally thanked Dr. Ramirez for allowing him to continue his passion, "Doctor Ramirez, you know that this medal is also yours" stated Oscar Figueroa in his speech.
Disc-FX is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure designed to efficiently access the damaged disc without injury to surrounding disc anatomy. The procedure is performed on the outpatient basis under light sedation, whereby the patient will go home the same day of the procedure with only a small bandage on their back. No direct visualization of the disc is required; the procedure is done under fluoroscopic guidance.
Prevention of scarring is one of the primary advantages of this procedure. Scarring can result in long-term irritation of nerves and nervous function defects in this area of the body full of nerves and pain sensors.
Dr. Shwartzman is the co-founder and Medical Director at the Franklin Pain and Wellness Center. He is one of the few in the area that is able to perform the Disc-FX procedure. Spinal surgery is not the only option for those suffering with chronic back pain. As shown by Figueroa and the grateful Disc FX patients treated at the Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.