Relentless lower back pain plagued Ariyan for years. It became so severe she was no longer able to work as a physician. She tried multiple nonsurgical options – from therapy to injections, which only masked her condition.
Neurosurgeon Greg Zorman, MD, Chief of Adult Neurosciences at Memorial Neuroscience Institute, reviewed Ariyan’s MRI and history.
“The chronic pain was taking the joy out of her life,” he said.
Diagnosed with degenerative lumbar disc disease, Ariyan decided on anterior interbody lumbar fusion surgery, which involves going in through the abdomen to replace the affected disc segment.
“I knew the technology was there; it was just a matter of finding a neurosurgeon who was up to date with the advancements,” she said. “I was in the best, the most-skilled hands.”
After surgery, her pain subsided and Ariyan is enjoying bicycling and other activities she loves.