April 26, 2011
I wanted to express my sincere and heart-felt thanks to you and your staff for helping me get back to living a normal, pain-free life after suffering intense, debilitating lower back pain for nearly 10 years.
My pain was getting progressively worse, and at the young age of 44 I found myself unable to live a normal, quality life. Over time I was becoming more and more limited in what I could do without pain. Any kind of household tasks, exercise, playing with my children, gardening, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. was becoming unbearable. In fact, I started to live my life based on what I thought I could do without pain – and there became few options at all. When I could no longer sleep without severe pain, I knew something had to change. I only regret I waited so long.
The artificial disc replacement surgery you performed has changed my life dramatically. I am now 100% pain-free and have returned to all normal activities just 8 months after surgery. Every day I think about how fortunate I am to have escaped the permanent, chronic pain I was living with.
Thank you and your staff for helping me understand the procedure, and for the highest quality of patient care I received. I also appreciate the optimistic attitude you took with me, as well as the complete transparency when discussing with me the details of the procedure and giving me a sense of what the level of pain relief would be.
You advised that given my age and condition I would have at a minimum a 50% decrease in pain and be able to return to about half the activities I did before, but that the possibility existed I could exceed that minimum. I was in such pain I would have been happy with the 50% improvement, and I am beyond delighted that I have achieved 100% relief.
Living daily in pain for years is depressing and dark. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be free of that misery. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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