One thing you may have heard about minimally invasive spine surgery is that the results don’t last. Other skeptics will say that the jury is still out, because there has not been enough research that follows patients’ long-term prognoses. To counter those naysayers — and more importantly, to provide our patients’ with the highest quality healthcare — the Spine Institute Northwest keeps outcome data on our procedures and shares it with the healthcare community. But sometimes, numbers and statistics aren’t as powerful as sharing a story.
Wealth strategist, author, and financial educator Dwayne Burnell first came to Dr. Kamson in 2003. By that point, he remembers, “I had endured debilitating back and leg pain for a very long time. Over many years, I had visited fitness trainers, massage therapists, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, back specialists, and neurosurgeons.” By the time that Dwayne met Dr. Kamson, “I was very discouraged and skeptical.” He was tired of receiving contradictory advice, of measures that provided limited and temporary relief, and most of all, of simply not being able to enjoy life.
After a thorough evaluation and testing, Dwayne underwent a minimally invasive lumbar decompression followed by lumbar fusion. “Back then, very few specialists were embracing minimally invasive spine surgery,” he recalls. “In 2003, Dr. Kamson was leading edge in his thinking, in his training, and in his approach, and he still is today.” Dwayne was diligent about following his post-operative care protocol, and for the first time in years, he was soon living without pain.
It’s only natural that more than a decade later, when Dwayne developed another issue with his spine, he returned to the Spine Institute Northwest. “I returned to Dr. Kamson, and received the same thorough diagnosis, the same leading edge knowledge, and the same thoughtful concern — and the same successful outcome,” he says. “I remain pain free today.”
Dwayne credits Dr. Kamson with helping him get back his life. Hear more about Dwayne’s experiences — then and now: