Aaron Chase, Through My Eyes, DISC Surgery
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Surgery Removes Hardware From Spine of Pro Athlete

Aaron Chase broke his back seven years ago and now a precise surgery removes old metal and screws.
By Mike Berard
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Aaron Chase's Through My Eyes: DISC Surgery

Precise surgery removes hardware from the spine of professional mountain bike rider Aaron Chase.

For the past seven years, professional mountain bike rider Aaron Chase has suffered chronic back pain due to a piece of metal hardware installed in his spine.
The unthinkable happened: I crushed my L1 [vertabrae] ... and I temporarily lost function in my legs — I was paralyzed."
"In 2007, I was competing at a contest and I fell off of this eleveated walkway," Chase says. "The unthinkable happened: I crushed my L1 [vertabrae], it dinged my spinal cord and I temporarily lost function in my — I was paralyzed."
Suffering from nagging pain, Chase finally decided to undergo another medical procedure to have all the hardware removed and brought along a host of GoPro cameras to record it.
In the video above, Dr. Robert Bray of D.I.S.C Sports and Spine Center leads a precise medical procedure to remove all the old steel screws and bolts.
"You put a metal screw in about the size of my finger, above and below [the crushed vertabrae] and then a big rod that goes between them," Dr. Bray says. "The problem is: It's like banging your shin with a steel pipe. It's going to feel good when you stop."
Watch as Chase reconstructs the huge, nasty piece of hardware he carried in his spine for seven years and displays for all to see. It's a great reminder to ride safely.
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