New Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Sends Patients Home Same Day
Kathy began experiencing excruciating pain in her back that radiated into her leg at Christmas time. She also had weakness and numbness into her leg. “It was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. I wasn’t able to stand for more than a minute or two,” she remembers. “It was like hot electricity running through your body.” Soon Kathy was bedridden, but unable to sleep because of her symptoms.
Not only did her pain remain, it worsened, so Kathy made an appointment with Dr. John Stokes, a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center. During her visit an MRI confirmed that she had a herniated disc. Dr. Stokes discussed with Kathy her treatment options, including a new minimallyinvasive surgery known as the YESS
Click here to read how Dr. John Stokes used a tiny incision, about a 1/4 inch in length, to help relieve Kathy's herniated disc.