One Man’s Cervical Fusion Testimonial
Serious neck discomfort, injuries and complications can be debilitating and seriously hinder one’s ability to enjoy all life has to offer. Just ask Bob, a recent patient of Michael Thomas, DO., at Touch of Health Medical Center. He had been battling neck pain for a long time and he began losing strength in his left arm.
After Dr. Thomas requested an MRI, Bob found out he had two herniated discs in his cervical spine. Together, Dr. Thomas and Bob discussed treatment options and the pros and cons to each.
“I was very pleased with his mannerisms,” Bob says. “How he explained certain things to me, my options, I just felt very very comfortable. He has a great bedside manner; he says it like it is and doesn’t sugar coat anything.”
When nonsurgical treatment, such as physical therapy and epidural injections proved unsuccessful, Dr. Thomas and Bob began to explore the possibility of surgery. Together, they decided cervical fusion surgery was Bob’s best option to relieve his pain and get him back to where he wanted to be.
“I am so happy to be pain-free. The most beneficial and successful part of the surgery is that I can now actually sleep at night,” Bob says. “Prior to the surgery, I’d put my head on the pillow, and I was in such pain, it was unbelievable. On top of that, I started losing strength in my left arm, and it started to limit some of the things I could do for work.”
“Since the surgery, I’m 100% pain free,” Bob continues. “I’m very pleased with the results. My [general practitioner] recommended Dr. Thomas, and I’m so pleased that he did because it worked out so so well.”
What are the Results of Cervical Fusion Surgery?
Following surgery and recovery, a vast majority of patients report pain reduction in the neck and arm, improvements in neurological activity, and a fast return to normal functioning. Research has shown that cervical fusion surgery is successful in alleviating arm pain in ninety-two percent of patients, and neck pain relieved in 73 to 83 percent of patients.
With a successful cervical fusion surgery, Bob is thankful for being pain-free and for a new lease on life.
“I would absolutely recommend Dr. Thomas to anyone suffering with neck or lower back pain,” he says. “His skills are phenomenal, his follow up is excellent, and his staff is superb.
Dr. Michael A. Thomas is a board-certified neurosurgeon who practices general neurosurgery with a specialty in minimally invasive spine surgery, skull base and endoscopic brain surgery. He treats conditions and diseases affecting the nervous system, which includes the brain, spine, spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. Dr. Thomas has been referred to as a patient-focused professional and a conscientious and skilled neurosurgeon by his colleagues. He is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgeons with a Neurosurgical discipline and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.