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Theodore Bany, Stony Brook, NY spine surgery
I had been suffering with progressive spinal stenosis for several years. This initially caused pain and ultimately numbness and I loss of control of my left leg. As this condition progressed, I sought relief through cortisone injections, which helped a good deal initially, but ultimately did not provide sustained relief. My condition got to the point that I was afraid to go into a shopping mall for fear of being unable to walk out on my own.

I sought help from HSS for a solution to my problem. I found a thoughtful, though lengthy surgical solution, from Dr. Frank Cammisa. The procedure was called an XLIF. This procedure required two incisions; one on my right side and the other on the back in the affected area. Needless to say, the surgery was not much fun, but I was able to stand and walk the next day without the usual numbness. I stayed in the hospital for three days and each day I walked a little more. By three months, I was walking half a mile. And by six months, I could walk all I wanted. The symptoms and disability were gone. Of course, there is muscle soreness sometimes, but I can work around the yard, fish, use my boat, play golf (irons only at 8 months post surgery-my choice) and really do anything that I want to do. I sought a center of excellence for repair of my back and returned to mobility, and I surely found that at HSS. I am very grateful to Hospital for Special Surgery and especially to Dr. Cammisa and his wonderful staff; very grateful indeed!

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