Mark Martin - Surgery Not Necessary

Surgery not necessary for Martin By Shawn A. Akers JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 18, 1998) Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., told Mark Martin on Wednesday afternoon that he will not require surgery to correct a ...

Surgery not necessary for Martin By Shawn A. Akers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 18, 1998) Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., told Mark Martin on Wednesday afternoon that he will not require surgery to correct a herniated disc in his lower back.

The driver of the No. 6 Valvoline Ford in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series was scheduled to undergo laser surgery on Tuesday. That was delayed by a case of the flu Martin was recovering from. Then, a new MRI revealed that the bulging disc he was suffering from had subsided enough that surgery wasn't necessary.

"I was shocked when the doctors told me I didn't need surgery," said Martin, who finished third in last weekend's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season finale Jiffy Lube Miami 300 at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. "I had this planned since May, but I'm thrilled that it has improved since then. I still have some pain, but it is not as severe as it was earlier in the year. I hope it continues to improve so I'll be good as new by February (for Daytona)."

"That he's not going to have to have surgery is great news for Mark and his family," Benny Ertel, Martin's business manager, said on Wednesday. "I know he certainly wasn't looking forward to the surgery, but he wanted to have it done soon to get it over with. Now, he may not have to have surgery at all, and that's great."

Martin had said following the Jiffy Lube Miami 300 that he was going directly to the hospital and that he would no longer put off having the operation

However, Ertel said that Martin had suffered from the flu over the past couple of weeks, and that had wreaked havoc on the blood work that had been taken on Martin since he checked into the hospital, consequently putting a hold on the surgery. Ertel said doctors would have done the second MRI on Martin anyway, which would have eventually revealed that surgery wasn't necessary.

Ertel said doctors would inject the herniated disc with anti-inflammatory medication to help the healing process continue. Doctors will re-evaluate Martin's condition in approximately another six months.

Source: NASCAR Online

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