Before my surgery with Dr. Hughes at SpineCare of NY, I was experiencing back pain that first started when I was just 18 years old. I am now 75 and my back pain only got worse as I entered my 70s, making it hard for me to do simple things like get out of bed, which would take my breath away because of the pain. Daily tasks that are easy for most people, such as getting out of a chair and standing in one place for a period of time, were challenging for me due to my ongoing back problems. Over the years I have tried everything from physical therapy and yoga, to seeing a chiropractor, but the pain was consistent.
My spinal fusion surgery took place one year ago and from my first appointment with Dr. Hughes, I knew I picked the right surgeon and hospital. Dr. Hughes made me feel completely comfortable throughout the entire process and allowed me to ask any questions I had leading up to my surgery. He was warm and approachable and took the time to explain to me exactly what would happen during the surgery. I have had fourteen surgeries throughout my life, and this experience with Dr. Hughes was the smoothest. The entire process, even the day of the surgery, was quick and seamless.
There are so many things I can now do after my surgery that I wasn’t able to in the past. I have no limitations, and it is very refreshing. I can take walks without pain, which is something I struggled with before the spinal fusion. I also am able to prepare dinners – something so simple that I wasn’t able to do because of the pain from standing. One of the most fulfilling things about living with no restrictions is that I can pick up my two granddaughters without hesitation.
The entire SpineCare staff acted as my cheering section. They were remarkable, and I do not believe I would have been able to get through the recovery process without their continuous support and reassurance. Following the surgery, I was able to call with any questions or concerns and they answered promptly and made me feel comfortable. I recommend SpineCare of NY for anyone looking into spinal surgery.