Procedure: IntelliSpine℠ Lumbar Laser Procedure
Diagnoses: Bulging/Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease
I had an injury 20 years ago. I was rollerblading with my kids and fell and injured two discs. 10 years later I had major back surgery — it was debilitating. I was in the hospital for a week and I had a recovery that lasted several months. The surgeon said in ten years, I might have issues. Ten years later, almost to the day, I had an issue with a disc. I had severe pain down my leg, my back, I could hardly move. It was pretty severe and I didn’t know what to do at that point. Required help with everything from standing up to meal preparation and everything you can imagine that you can’t do laying flat on your back. My previous surgeon’s school of thought was what he had done before — major back surgery — and we were not going to do that again. I was very active and I was laying on the couch for months in pain and I couldn’t sit up, I couldn’t do anything. It was awful.
Experience With the North American Spine Team:
My Patient Care Manager was amazing. Very thorough, just spectacular. She really alleviated a lot of my fears. I felt like we became friends. I felt so comfortable immediately with her. She actually called me on the phone and talked to me and was very pleasant, and I could ask her anything. She coordinated everything. They’re all very friendly. It’s small enough that you have a lot of personal care and it feels like they really care about you.
Life After Surgery:
I guess it was maybe 30 minutes of surgery. I got out, felt great, went and had lunch with my sister and my husband and took a nap and then I was home. Everybody was amazed. I learned to eat flat on my back because I couldn’t sit up. It was nice to sit at a table and have a meal. We actually flew to San Francisco 2 days after my surgery for a seminar and I stood up for 16 hours teaching a class and felt great. I was blown away by the results. A 180 degree change. Pain was gone and only mild ache on day of surgery. No longer required pain medications and able to sit without pain for the first time in 4 months. I am thrilled and believe the procedure was 100% successful to accomplish what was expected.