Lucille Harris – Spine Surgery

Physician – Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

I went to see Dr. Carlson for severe back pain which was affecting my ability to do daily tasks like cleaning, bending, standing up after sitting and driving. On the MRI, Dr. Carlson found that I had a cyst on my lower spine which was causing my pain. He explained to me that surgery would be the only thing that would relieve my pain. I told him that surgery was not an option, initially, and I asked him to let me try Physical Therapy.

I did PT for 6 weeks to no avail. I went back to see Dr. Carlson, my pain was getting worse and my ability to do things was diminishing. I was so scared of the thought of surgery at first. But in the time I was in PT and not improving, I came to terms that, in fact, surgery was my only option and I was going to have to do it. It was not an easy decision at my age (84).

I went into surgery and when I woke up, the pain was gone, just as Dr. Carlson had promised. I spend 3 days in the hospital and 23 days in Rehab at Saunders Nursing Home. I healed extremely fast, being that I had two metal rods now in my back and line of staples, too. During my recovery, I did have to wear a back brace all the time and use a Bone Growth stimulator unit to help me heal.

Dr. Carlson was amazed at how well I did in healing so quickly. Six weeks after surgery, I was back to living my life – feeling good – all thanks to Dr. Carlson!