“There was a hernia with which I lived for eight years. It gradually grew, and more than a year ago, it noticeably increased and pressed down on the nerve endings. Because of this, severe back pains began, and the treatment needed was cardinal. And not only for sports - for life.
After all, I often could not get out of bed normally, bend over, barely sat down and barely got up. There were terrible times when I called the coach and said that I could not come to the rink today. As a result, the last season was very painful - both morally and physically.
When the hernia first appeared at my age of 14, it was pumped. Then they periodically did injections and massage, gave pills. I was even the best standing boat in the group: this position is needed to recover from a course of treatment.
With age, I realized that after the massage it doesn't get any easier. But the doctors still didn't talk about the operation. And last summer, the pain worsened, and I was admitted to the hospital for a "blockade." The doctors said that I would undergo treatment, undergo a massage course, rest for a couple of days, and everything will pass. But it didn’t help: when they pressed me on my back, I didn’t feel anything superficially, but the pain remained the same.
In January, when I was released from the tournament, I was referred to a wonderful neurosurgeon Dmitry Dzukaev. He operates on complex hernias. The operation took place on February 14. I was in the same room with Adelina Sotnikova, and she is also an example of how athletes are often judged by pictures.
We are always so cheerful fluttering on the ice, and behind this, as a result, operations, insertable disks, screws are hidden. Dmitry Nikolayevich also asked if I agree to an implant. The doctor could determine whether to insert it only during the operation, so my formal consent was required in advance. I was shocked. And someone says that sport is health,”said Evdokimova.