When it comes to something as vital as your spinal health, it’s not just a good idea to do your homework and make sure you know your options — it’s critical. You want to be sure that you’re working with a physician that you trust, that you understand the procedure, and that you’re clear on what to expect afterward. Even though you’re in pain, it’s important to be thorough and analytical in your research.
That’s just the approach that 46-year-old Dave Patten took. A computer programmer, Dave had become incapacitated by lower back pain that caused burning sensations that traveled down his legs and crippling spasms that could leave him on the ground. Though he has a desk job, “sitting in a chair, you know, just walking around, it’s very difficult when you have lower, lumbar back problems.”
After hearing about laser spine surgery on TV, Dave started looking into his options and found the Spine Institute Northwest. He came in for several appointments to get to know the team and learn more about the different treatment options for his condition. “I did some research, and Dr. Kamson is a, is a great person, a great people person. Very knowledgeable,” Dave remembers. “I mean, I’m a technical guy, I’m in risk analysis, and I asked questions and he was spot on.”
Dave went on to have a two-level minimally invasive spinal fusion augmented by stem cell therapy. His recovery was slow at first — after all, he’d had two levels of fusion — but after 8 weeks he was back at work. “And after that, it gradually got better and better, and stronger and stronger, and I’m more active now,” Dave says.
Technically oriented as he is, Dave becomes emotional when he talks about the difference that laser spine surgery has made in his life. “I can do more,” he says. “I mean long walking, stairs, just general day-to-day stuff is big.”
Listen to more of Dave’s story, and hear why he recommends Dr. Solomon Kamson: