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Innovative Spinal Operations Nix Chronic Back Pain

Patient with Debilitating Condition is Now Back on Her Feet

Sian Testimonial

Updated August 2008 — For ten years, Sian chronic back issues severely impacted her life. Before she underwent minimally invasive surgery at Memorial Regional Hospital in 2006, her degenerative disc disease and accompanying constant sciatica in both legs had caused her to be confined to a bed for more than two years.

"My sister was practically raising my daughter," she recalls. "I couldn't drive her to ballet or karate. My husband had to come home from work at lunch to check on me."

After years of taking multiple prescriptions for pain and high blood pressure and having endured at least ten epidurals, she was desperate to find relief.

Leading-Edge Surgical Advances

One of her husband's co-workers referred the couple to Marshall Stauber, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South and Memorial Hospital West. Stauber was one of several neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons at Memorial offering innovative surgical procedures to treat severe back pain. Some of these procedures are minimally invasive, allowing patients to recover more quickly and with less risk for complications.

Dr. Stauber told the Sians about a brand-new surgical procedure that entailed the installation of a stainless steel satellite ball in the disc base where her spine had degenerated completely.

"I was scared to death at the thought of surgery," Sian says. "But after talking to Dr. Stauber, I trusted him completely. I was confident that he had my best interest at heart, so I said,'Let's do it.'"

Dr. Stauber performed the operation on a Tuesday. By Wednesday, the sciatica had disappeared, and by Thursday she was back home.

It's now been a little more than a year since the surgery. "It was a miracle for me," she says. "I am totally off pain meds. I'm down to two blood pressure pills a day from thirteen. I'm back to work part-time, and I'm doing Pilates and working with a stability ball."