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Deborah Ann Cox – Lumbar Fusion Surgery & Physical Therapy


I was blessed to have Dr. Carlson perform my surgery for Lumbar Fusion. I suffered for a year and half, due to I was so afraid to have surgery. Now looking back and knowing first hand that Dr. Carlson and his staff took excellent care of me, I wish I had had the surgery much sooner.

I followed all the instruction given to me by Dr. Carlson, Kaye and Mary Immaculate Hospital and did just fine. If I got scared and had questions, all I had to do was call and they were there for me. My home health care provider Personal-Touch was excellent. Margaret and Ellen came to take care of me and I looked forward to seeing them.

The first two weeks after surgery is painful and the best thing you can do is get out of bed and walk. I have a pet dog named Zoey, she is a Bichon Frise. All during the night and day, I would walk up and down my hallway with my walker. Zoey would take every step with me, no matter how many times a day I was up and walking, so I have to give her credit too for my recovery. My husband, Fred, made sure I got my pain medicines on schedule and made sure I ate well. He was the Best.

IMG_7936Physical Therapy followed after surgery and those folks got me moving. I actually enjoyed seeing their smiling faces and working out. Rachel and her staff were so kind and good to me.

My co-workers knew the pain I was in daily and witness the weight I lost from being in pain.  Now they see smile on my face and spring in my steps. They asked who did my surgery and how was it? I can honestly say from experience, don’t suffer, go to Dr. Carlson!  He has excellent skills, kind, caring and you will be in good hands. You will be happy you got your procedure done and back to life.

As I age, I know I will probably have some more procedures to get done. It is a comforting thought to know, I have Dr. Carlson to go to. Again, I can’t thank you enough for the peace of mind I have now.

Deborah Ann Cox

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