How minimally-invasive lumbar fusion saves patient from debilitating pain. Matthew’s chronic back pain became so bad that he would have to crawl to the bathroom in the morning. Rendered almost incapacitated, every routine activity involved a massive effort.
“I was at the point where it was almost impossible for me to even work,” says Matthew. “My quality of life had gone to zero to the extent that I would actually have to crawl to the shower before my day could begin. It was terrible just to get out of bed in the morning.”
Matthew`s life changed when he turned to Steven E. Weber, D.O., a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at Orlando Orthopaedic Center specializing in minimally-invasive surgery of the spine.
“I am no longer crawling to the shower,” says Matthew. “As a matter of fact, I’m now able to golf and my quality of life is infinitely better. I owe all of this to Dr. Weber.”
At their first meeting, Matthew felt an instant rapport with Dr. Weber, one of the factors he credits for the success of his healthcare journey.
“Everything was explained to me,” he says. “From start to end, (Dr. Weber) explained the pros and cons (of surgery), what I could expect, and what would be expected of me. The initial visit is one of the most important.”
Emboldened by his consultations with Dr. Weber, Matthew sailed smoothly through surgery. “The surgery went almost flawlessly,” says Matthew.” “About two weeks after that I began physical therapy and gradually improved from there.”
What is Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery?
Lower back pain is one of the most prevalent and economically costly health issues in the U.S. affecting almost 80% of people at some point in their lives.
Lumbar fusion surgery is performed to alleviate a host of lower back problems including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, and nerve compression related to lower back pain.
In the past, a surgeon would perform lumbar fusion like open surgery, using longer incisions to allow the surgeon to have a greater view of the spinal canal. However, recent technological innovations have transformed the procedure, allowing the surgeon to use state-of-the-art instruments, tiny tubes, and smaller incisions. The results are improved fusion rates, getting home and out of the hospital faster, and quicker recovery times.
Minimally-invasive lumbar fusion bypasses considerable injury to the soft tissue surrounding the spine and involves decreased scarring and post-surgical discomfort.
“The facilities here are excellent and all the equipment is kept up-to-date, it’s unbelievable,” says Matthew. “When I would go in for an appointment and have an x-ray taken, they would come back with a tablet just seconds after having the x-ray, and show me exactly what’s going on, down to the last detail of how the bone is fusing. It was just incredible.”
Recovery After Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery
Having skilled, competent, and compassionate medical staff in one’s corner is crucial for a healthy and speedy recovery after lumbar fusion surgery.
“I haven’t had a bad experience at all,” says Matthew. “That’s why I keep coming back; I get along with the whole staff. They are real down-to-earth people.”
After surgery, it’s not uncommon for patients to feel an instantaneous improvement of their symptoms. Most are able to resume their daily activities in just a few weeks. Following a rehabilitation program under the guidance of a qualified physical therapist, patients can expect a full recovery after about six weeks after surgery.
Following his successful lumbar fusion surgery, Matthew would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Weber to anyone requiring spine surgery to be free of debilitating pain.
“All you’re doing is opening the door to options,” says Matthew. “I walked out of a different place because I didn’t feel a good rapport. Check out your options. I would be very surprised if you walked into Dr. Weber’s office and not come out happy.”
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