Pat’s pain had forced her to retire from her job as a credit manager. She also used to operate a tractor to perform work around her property, something the pain made impossible. Pat’s pain specialist listened carefully to her describe her symptoms, and he immediately suspected that she had spinal stenosis. The narrowing of her spinal column had resulted from her many surgeries over the years, particularly her hip surgeries.
After diagnosing Pat with spinal stenosis, her pain specialist recommended a minimally invasive surgical procedure called a laminectomy. The procedure opened up space around Pat’s spinal column and helped to alleviate some of her back pain.
Pat says the caring staff at the Heilman Center kept her spirits up, both before and after surgery. “I woke up, and I had a glass of orange juice waiting for me, and some crackers. The girls were so nice.”
Since her laminectomy, Pat no longer experiences the same degree of pain. “Going from 0 to 10, and then going back to 0 — it’s just wonderful.”
‘I’m gonna feel like a new woman.’
After having surgery, Pat is back to her favorite activities, including driving her five tractors. The first time she got back into the tractor to mow her grass, it started to rain, but she didn’t care. “My husband’s got a cane, and he’s banging on the windows. He says, ‘It’s raining.’ I say, ‘I know, but isn’t it nice? I’m cutting the whole front lawn.’”
In addition to managing her spinal stenosis treatment, Pat has supported her husband through complications from knee surgery. She has also continued treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Pat knows that if she ever experiences severe pain again, she can count on the Heilman Center for help. “I will be going to see Doctor B,” she said. “He’s fantastic. He is the greatest doctor.”