TRUE STORY: RUDY UNDERWENT A LUMBAR FUSION TO GET BACK TO THE LIFE HE LOVES
After an initial diagnosis of lumbar pain had been successfully treated with injections two years previously, another bout of back pain occurred in large part from overly strenuous exercise and weight-training. At a point where my life and work were significantly restricted, I started looking for other options.
I narrowed my search for the highest rated spinal group in northern Virginia. This search led to the location of Dr. Christopher Good.
After A More Complete Physical Analysis (Exam, X-Ray, MRI, Etc.), it was determined that I was experiencing disc protrusions amid the L3, L4, and L5 vertebrates, and that no amount of injections were going to permanently solve the problem. Through the supportive encouragement from the professional team at Virginia Spine Institute, It became clear that surgery was the only course of action for resolving the severe pain I was experiencing.
On May 8, 2012 my surgery took 5 ½ hours of Dr. Good’s comprehensive knowledge and meticulous skills to rebuild the L3-L5 area with screws, braces, and other unique techniques and materials. Being ever alert for potential physical anomalies, Dr. Good was able to conduct other repairs and adjustments to ensure an excellent outcome.
Within a few weeks I was standing and walking with a walker, with a cane in four weeks, and without too much support at all in eight weeks. By the three month checkup I was almost as good as I had ever been and was taking walks up to a mile around my neighborhood.
Two months after my operation, I was able to take a flight to another state to attend my grandson’s graduation from high school. The following day the family participated in a boat outing and some sightseeing in the local area – and I was there to experience everything the same as the others. Currently, I walk for exercise regularly and do all that interests me in my avocation without any worrying about any impeding pain that might be immobilizing.
Thank you to my team!
- Dr. Good - Spinal Specialist