“I am so grateful!”
“Because of this procedure and my wonderful surgeon, I was able to enjoy my Europe trip with my husband. I am so grateful!”
Gina, XLIF® Patient
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Surgeon: Dr. Erik Spayde of Conejo Spine, Thousand Oaks, CA
Indications: Degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis
Levels Treated: L4-5
Surgery Date: July 2010
Life Prior to Surgery: Gina’s struggle with low back pain began years ago. She had always been overweight, which she believes contributed to her back problems. She was also diagnosed with osteopenia at L4-5 which exacerbated her problems. Eventually, Gina’s pain started radiating down her legs due to a pinched nerve. In 2008, Gina underwent back surgery, but unfortunately, it failed to provide her with any pain relief.
Gina was eventually referred to Dr. Erik Spayde and he recommended epidural injections, which only provided her with temporary relief. At that point, Gina knew that she needed to seek a surgical solution for her chronic pain. Although Gina was hesitant to undergo another spine surgery due to her age, her pain had reached the point where she was willing to try anything. Additionally, she had a lot of faith in Dr. Spayde and felt comfortable with him.
Situation Today: Gina underwent XLIF surgery in July 2010. Following the procedure, she wore a back brace daily for six weeks and sporadically for the next four months. Several months later she started physical training and took part in core strengthening exercises. Today, Gina swims five days per week and does aqua aerobics. She feels some numbness in her right leg due to residual sciatic nerve damage, but she uses the assistance of a cane for stability. She was able to travel to Europe one year post-op, and toured Italy with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter. Gina is an officer in two organizations and is able to enjoy social outings with her girlfriends, pain-free.
Important Note: As with any spine surgery, there are potential benefits and possible risks associated with the XLIF procedure. It is important that you discuss the possible risks and potential benefits of XLIF with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your physician’s judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.