Special Titanium Spacer Used In Back Surgery


For the last two years Dick Lowrie's back hurt so much he could not get out of this chair. He said, "The pain is very severe. It's with you in varying degrees almost constantly."

For thirty years he has dealt with Spinal Stenosis, a common degenerative condition where the spine narrows and puts pressure on the nerves.

It not only causes pain, Dick could not tend his garden, or climb a flight of stairs.

He went to Metrohealth hoping a new surgery would end his pain with a bullet. Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Timothy Moore explained, "It's just a titanium spacer that we place between the bones of the lumbar vertebrae where's there's Spinal Stenosis, and it can create more room for the nerves."

Dick was not sure it would work. "I talked to Doctor Moore and he said there was a fifty percent chance on this, and I figured that was good enough."

"Typically if someone has the diagnosis caused from instability where I'm planning on doing a larger decompression and fusion surgery that's the person I feel can benefit from this because it's such less invasive," Dr. Moore said.

Dick was a perfect candidate.

An hour after surgery.

"Do you have any pain right now?” he was asked.

“No zero,” Dick replied.

“Zero, zero out of ten?”

“Zero.”

“That's amazing.”

“It is amazing."

But what is more amazing is what he did moments later.

Not only did he get up and walk, he had a spring in his step.

“A week later he took me for a spin,” the reporter stated. “Did I mention he's 82?”

"I'm cured," Dick said.

He is climbing steps, gardening, and for the first time in two years walked up the street to get his mail. "I think I may be bungee jumping again."


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