Apr 06

Betty Craig / April 2017


Spinal Stenosis of the lumbar spine

Procedure Performed:

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Back Surgery

Pre-opt Pain Score:
9 out of 10 pain

Current Pain Score:
1 out of 10 pain

Betty is normally a very active lady. She enjoys being with children and grandchildren. Over the past few years, she has steadily gotten weaker and weaker into her legs. She has had steadily increasing symptoms of weakness, numbness, and tingling into her legs along with back pain. She was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis. This is a condition where the nerves in the spine are being pinched and squeezed from bone spurs and arthritic changes. She tried physical therapy, medication, rest and epidural injections. She has gotten steadily worse instead of better.

Mrs. Craig saw Dr. Anagnost who reviewed her MRI findings of severe nerve compression from the Spinal Stenosis. Dr. Anagnost recommended Minimally Invasive back surgery. He used a special microscope, to remove the bone spurs and arthritis in her back. This freed up the nerves that were being compressed from the spinal stenosis. Her surgery was less than one hour, and her incision was smaller than one inch in length.

Betty felt immediate relief. She is only 2 weeks after surgery and is already walking better. Her legs are stronger, and she has the feeling back into her legs and feet. She states “I am so happy I had this operation done. It has given me my life back.”