Procedure: Lumbar Fusion & Decompression


What was your initial medical issue?

I had advanced spinal arthritis that began several years ago. It caused pain in my mid-low back, as well as numbness in my foot – which made it difficult to walk.

What did these issues prevent you from doing?

It made everything more difficult. I had trouble walking, getting up from chairs, and even standing without a cane. One day I fell and broke my arm in two places – that’s when I knew I needed to do something about my problem.

What made you decide to do something about your problem?

It was a build up of pain and frustration over time, as well as the advice of my neurologist that prompted me to seek the help of a spine surgeon.

Why did you choose Dr. Sinicropi?

Dr. Sinicropi came highly recommended by my neurologist. I had previously seen a different spine surgeon who basically gave me a non-diagnosis. Dr. Sinicropi, on the other hand, gave me real answers and solutions to my problems.

What treatment/procedure did you have done?

Lumbar fusion and decompression.

How did you feel after treatment?

My previous symptoms were immediately gone after surgery. Before the procedure I couldn’t stand for long without the help of my cane. Now I can stand for an hour without even using a cane!

What advice would you give other patients in a similar situation to you?

Once you have a diagnosis, don’t delay. It’s not worth putting up with the pain any longer than you need to.

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