“I can fish with my family again.”
Barbara’s pain started about fourteen years ago and progressed over the years. “My right leg was on fire and completely numb due to nerve damage,” recalls Barbara. She finally sought a consultation with Dr. Erik Spayde who thoroughly explained the XLIF procedure and suggested that she consider it as a treatment option.
Barbara, XLIF® Patient
Hometown: Newbury Park, CA
Surgeon: Dr. Erik Spayde of Conejo Spine, Thousand Oaks, CA
Surgery Date: March 14, 2011
Life Prior to Surgery: Barbara’s pain started about fourteen years ago and progressed over the years. She tried conservative treatments like epidurals, which only provided temporary relief. Barbara was hesitant about the idea of spine surgery because of the negative stories she had heard. As her pain radiated from her lower back down her right leg, however, she reached the point where she could barely walk. Eventually she was forced to walk with a cane. “My right leg was on fire and completely numb due to nerve damage,” recalls Barbara. The pain made it difficult for Barbara to sleep at night, go on social outings, and spend time with her granddaughter. She finally sought a consultation with Dr. Erik Spayde who thoroughly explained the XLIF procedure and suggested that she consider it as a treatment option.
Situation Today: Barbara underwent spine surgery on March 14, 2011 and was walking with the assistance of a walker right away. She had to learn how to maneuver with her back brace, but eventually she got used to it. Now, she occasionally wears the back brace when she does strenuous activity or yard work. Barbara still struggles with some leg weakness but feels fantastic overall. She plans to start physical therapy in the near future. The activity Barbara loves to do the most now that she is feeling better, is fishing again with her grandchildren and family.
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.