Carl Pierce suffered with intense back and leg pain for over a year. It worsened to the point that he could no longer walk and it was beginning to significantly affect his quality of life. Physical therapy and pain injections did not lessen the discomfort.
He went to see Neurosurgeon Justin Owen, M.D. of Culicchia Neurological Clinic. Dr. Owen diagnosed Carl with a condition called spondylolisthesis in which one vertebrae slips out of alignment as a result of long-standing wear and tear. In this case, Carl’s L4 – 5 vertebrae were affected.
“I performed an anterior interbody lumbar fusion which involved a small incision in the belly to access the spine from the front,” Dr. Owen said. “I removed the entire disc. In this case, he did not have much disc remaining. Those vertebrae had collapsed and were bone-on-bone. In the place of that, I inserted a large cage to restore the height of the spine and realignment.”
Carl underwent surgery just six weeks ago and was walking the next day. Except for a little bit of post-surgery pain where the incision was made, Carl was pain-free and very pleased with the results.