Dana White in ‘Battle of Wills’ with Doctors Over Surgery for Meniere’s Disease


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Dana White might just be the busiest man in all of mixed martial arts, and he doesn’t have time to deal with sickness.

It sounds funny but the fact is White is currently dealing with an ongoing situation from a bout with Meniere’s disease, an inner ear dysfunction that causes extreme bouts of vertigo.

Back in May, White missed the first UFC event of his career since Zuffa took over the organization when he was unable to attend UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Virginia. A few days after the event he was supposed to have surgery, but the doctors eventually decided to treat him with medication instead.

Unfortunately, according to White only about 50-percent of patients with Meniere’s disease actually respond to the medication so he’s lobbying very hard to get the surgery instead.

“It’s a battle of wills,” said White when appearing on HDNet’s Inside MMA, as he continues to seek surgery to hopefully curb the issues he’s having with Meniere’s disease.

The surgery is no cure for the debilitating disease, but it does relieve some of the symptoms and according to White the treatment he is seeking involves cutting a nerve on his inner ear.

The Mayo Clinic describes this as ‘Vestibular nerve section, a procedure involves cutting the nerve that connects balance and movement sensors in your inner ear to the brain (vestibular nerve). This procedure usually corrects problems with vertigo while attempting to preserve hearing in the affected ear.”

“It’s something that has to be done. I have to fix this problem, I can’t do what I do and have that happen to me again,” White said.

“Just that one incident, I was lucky I was in Las Vegas and my doctor is familiar with it and knew what to do, and I was still down for four days. If that happened to me somewhere else, I’m telling you, people who have this understand where I’m coming from, I’m afraid that that’s going to happen to me again.”

Check out the full interview with White from HDNet’s Inside MMA below:

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