When I received my first spine surgery 30 years ago, I had met with seven surgeons before deciding to put my confidence in Dr. Cammisa. During our initial appointment with him, my wife and I knew he was the right choice.
About a year ago, I began losing strength in my legs and was in constant, excruciating pain. I could no longer play golf or walk my dog without longing to get back in my chair. I went to see a primary physician who diagnosed me with a pinched nerve. Dr. Cammisa was the obvious choice for my next call after having such a great experience with him. He suggested I meet with another doctor to do a series of epidurals before considering surgery.
The epidurals worked for about 3 to 4 months before the pain down my right leg returned. I tried one more epidural, but I still found it difficult to do any sort of walking. This was a miserable time in my life, and I didn’t want to spend any more time feeling like this. I contacted Dr. Cammisa and went through pre-op testing and scans before he determined surgery was necessary.
In June of 2022, Dr. Cammisa performed a minimally invasive Laminectomy where he operated on discs 1 through 5 and removed two cists from my spine. After a year of pure agony, I woke up in the recovery room completely pain free.
Although my recovery process has been time-consuming and my leg strength isn’t quite where I want it to be yet, I have not felt pain since before surgery. I’m hoping to be back on the golf course soon.
Dr. Cammisa is not just one of the finest surgeons in the world, but one of the finest people in the world. He’s the kind of person you have immediate confidence in. I’ve recommended a few people to him over the years and everyone has come away from it with the same experience.
I feel like I have my life back thanks to Dr. Cammisa. If anyone else is contemplating surgery, just know that it gave me my life back – it’s that simple. Being pain free is an enormous gift.