Omar, Spinal Champion
In 2010, on a motocross track in Dubai, I experienced a major accident and injured my spine. Two years later I injured the same area during a fall from a horse. After these injuries, I started participating in physical therapy to help alleviate my pain and heal my injury. When the pain wasn’t going away, I started to receive spinal injections to help reduce the pain.
After realizing that neither physical therapy nor injections were helping, I sought help from doctors outside of Dubai. I saw spinal surgeons from Thailand and Germany, and both said I would need a spinal fusion to heal my injured spine. What worried me was the surgery approach they would be performing – both said my operation would need to be done through a posterior approach (through my back) in order to reach my injured discs. This scared me since they would have to work around my spinal nerves, and I was worried about the repercussions if something went wrong.
I decided to do my own extensive research on spinal fusions, and during my search I came across information about the Mazor XTM Stealth Edition. I read that it was the newest advancement in spinal surgery, and that very few surgeons in the world were trained to use this equipment; one of those few surgeons being Dr. Good. With this information, I made the decision to travel over 7,000 miles to visit Virginia Spine Institute.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Good diagnosed me with spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy. He could see that I had a disc herniation, and was feeling the painful symptoms from my spinal stenosis. Dr. Good was able to assure me that the spinal fusion he needed could be performed through an anterior (front) approach, called an ALIF, and my spinal nerves could be avoided by doing it this way. Between hearing this news, and building a great relationship with Dr. Good, I chose Virginia Spine Institute for my spinal care and surgery.
While being in the USA for my post-operative appointments, I have been able to get spine-specialized physical therapy at Virginia Therapy & Fitness Center. Once I’m back home in Dubai, I will continue physical therapy during my recovery. In a few months time, I will come back to the USA to visit Dr. Good to be cleared for unlimited activity. I’m already looking forward to that visit, and am excited to get back in the gym and to horseback riding.
After having my spinal fusion surgery with Dr. Good, I am on a great path to recovery.
I had researched a lot online and saw Dr. Good was using the Mazor XTM Stealth Edition, that led me to reach out in search of advanced technology in spine surgery.
I can’t wait to get back in the gym and horseback riding!
I decided to do my own extensive research on spinal fusions, and during my search I came across information about the Mazor XTM Stealth Edition. I read that it was the newest advancement in spinal surgery, and that very few surgeons in the world were trained to use this equipment; one of those few surgeons being Dr. Good.
Prior to surgery, I started participating in physical therapy to help alleviate my pain and heal my injury. When the pain wasn’t going away, I started to receive spinal injections to help reduce the pain.
Omar is an extremely healthy, active, physical guy, but unfortunately had an injury 10 years ago that left him with disabling back pain. He has been around the world, and I am honored he chose to travel from Dubai, in search of a fourth opinion, to allow me to help determine his best course of treatment! He traveled the globe and saw many different doctors and none of the “usual” treatments were helpful for him. I’d like to tell you a little about his condition and what we were able to do to get him back in the game.
Once I reviewed his x-rays I could see a disc issue at the lowest disc in his back. It was also clear that his major injury tore and destabilized the lowest disc. The disc was a darker color which implies that it has lost its hydratation, and there has been a tear or a herniation in the back of the disc. This led to Omar’s long-standing back pain and irritation of the nerve that comes out of the spine at that level, causing nerve pain down his leg.
Since none of the other options had worked over time, we discussed a procedure to remove the disc and stabilize the unstable level to improve Omar’s quality of life. The surgery we did was an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF). That means we go in through an incision below the belly button, similar to a C-section type of incision. We actually go into the disc of the spine through a front approach and remove the disc that’s pinching the nerve. We then put in an implant to replace where the disc was previously. That implant has little screws that hold it in place and ultimately fuses the bones together. As the fusion heals, the patient no longer has the instability that caused the back pain. The implant used for Omar is called a cage, and that along with screws, a plate, and bone graft are what is fusing the spine together.
Luckily for Omar, the nerve pain went away immediately. Healing from a fusion does take some time – just like a broken bone healing within a cast, we need to wait approximately three months while the bone heals together before we can let him go back to heavy weight-lifting or hard-core activities. I was honored for Omar to be here all the way from Dubai and to choose myself and my team for his surgery.