Life has Jan Oosterveld smiling again. Long car ride? No problem. Walking through the store with his wife? A pleasure now.
But life had not always been so pleasant for Jan, who describes himself as “79 years young.” Back problems kept him in near constant pain and kept him from life’s simplest pleasures such as sitting, sleeping — even getting in and out of bed.
“Sometimes it got so bad that I could not walk,” Jan said.
The doctors he’d consulted before only offered pain pills and anti-inflammation drugs. But those approaches only managed the pain. By the end of the day, Jan’s pain returned. Jan needed a solution, not a mask. He needed to get to the source of his back issues.
After ten years of increasingly debilitating back pain, he searched the Internet for doctors and therapies that could really get to the problem. That’s when he found Dr. Solomon Kamson and the Spine Institute Northwest.
Viewing the MRIs the couple had brought from another doctor, Dr. Kamson saw the problem immediately; a curvature of the spine had caused stenosis of the spinal column in three different areas of his back.
Dr. Kamson’s solution; a minimally invasive surgery to relieve the pressure on Jan’s spinal nerves. The out-patient procedure is called a lumbar decompression.
“I really appreciate the way he calmly explains to you what’s going to happen, what he is going to do, and particularly the follow-up is tremendously good,” Jan said.
Dr. Kamson, through just three small incisions and relying on state-of-the-art tools, performed the procedure and removed the bulging spinal disc material that was causing pressure and pain in Jan’s spinal nerves.
The next day, Jan drove almost two hours back home – something that would have been torturous before the surgery.
“Dr. Kamson is so gentle for the kind of surgery he does,”
“And today, after nine and a half months, he’s having no pain, no nothing, and he’s grown taller while I’ve grown shorter,” Jan’s wife laughingly told us.
Watch Jan’s testimonial in the video below: