“Couldn’t ask for better results.”
John struggled with ongoing sciatica for several years. He tried chiropractic treatments, massage, physical therapy, and various exercises. Unfortunately, they all failed to provide him with long-term pain relief. After a consultation, Dr. Erik Spayde recommended surgery. John underwent XLIF surgery in February 2011 and was walking the next day.
John, XLIF® Patient
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Surgeon: Dr. Erik Spayde of Conejo Spine, Thousand Oaks, CA
Indications: Degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis
Levels Treated: L4-5
Surgery Date: February 22, 2011
Life Prior to Surgery: John struggled with ongoing sciatica for several years. He tried chiropractic treatments, massage, physical therapy, and various exercises. Unfortunately, they all failed to provide him with long-term pain relief. Additionally, he sought consultations with multiple surgeons who couldn’t provide an appealing treatment option. John’s pain made it difficult to participate in an active lifestyle and enjoy activities like hiking. Sporadic numbness also made it difficult for John to stand or walk for long periods of time. As a plumber, some of his professional activities, which included heavy lifting, took a toll on his back and resulted in soreness and discomfort.
After a consultation, Dr. Erik Spayde recommended surgery. Initially, John held off from undergoing surgery because of the horror stories he had heard. Instead, he sought additional consultations with other surgeons. He tried epidurals which only masked his pain and provided temporary relief for a couple of months. Eventually, John became increasingly tired of dealing with constant discomfort and decided to undergo XLIF surgery.
Situation Today: John underwent XLIF surgery in February 2011 and was walking the next day. He was able to return home after four days, and he wore a back brace daily for three months. Every day, John walked through his neighborhood and was able to return to the gym and ride a stationary bicycle after a couple of weeks. He was happy to resume full time work as a plumber after four months. Now, pain-free and with no discomfort John claims, ““I don’t have any restrictions. I couldn’t ask for better results!”
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.