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.