Lumbar Spinal Fusion: Dee’s Story

For Dee Thomason, severe back pain and leg pain had drastically reduced her quality of life. After trying conservative treatments like physical therapy, Dee’s pain continued to worsen, leading her to Dr. Theodore Koreckij, spine surgeon at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics.

Dr. Koreckij swiftly determined the cause of her pain: spondylolisthesis with stenosis. In other words, explains Dr. Koreckij, she had one vertebral body slipping forward on another (causing severe back pain) coupled with the pinching of a nerve (causing severe leg pain). His recommendation was a surgical procedure known as lumbar spinal fusion – and within weeks of having spine surgery, Dee says, her pain was completely gone.

Watch as Dee and Dr. Koreckij tell her patient story in more detail:

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