Lumbar Spinal Fusion: Dee’s Story
DEE: My name is Dee Thomason, and I’m 65 years old. My pain started about a year ago, and it got progressively worse to the point where I had to use a cane. It concerned me because I was definitely losing my ability to function.
DEE: Before I came to Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics, I was told, “There might not be anything we can do…let’s put you through physical therapy…” I was so frustrated and hurting that when I came to Dr. Theodore Koreckij, it was refreshing because he was empathetic, and I could tell he was very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does.
DR. KORECKIJ: Dee’s diagnosis was spondylolisthesis with stenosis. She had one vertebral body slipping forward on another, or another way to think about it is a spinal instability. Coupled with that instability, she also had spinal stenosis, which is pinching of the nerve. So the instability gave her back pain and the pinching of the nerves gave her severe leg pain.
DEE: Dr. Koreckij told me what he would recommend and said, “I can help you.” I was so grateful! I was so happy. He was just wonderful. So then we scheduled my lumbar spinal fusion surgery, and we went forward.
DR. KORECKIJ: What lumbar spinal fusion did is that it allowed for a more permanent resolution of her pain. Although nonoperative treatment should always be utilized prior to surgery, unfortunately sometimes no amount of nonoperative treatment can relieve the pressure of the offending structures on the nerve.
DEE: It’s been about five weeks now since my spine surgery, and at this point in time I feel so much better. I have no pain that I had before. It was constantly on my right side, and now I have no pain. In fact, I would say the only pain I experienced after surgery was the incision soreness and that has since resided, so I’m good. I feel great!