Diagnosis: Degenerative disc disease (DDD), scoliosis
Path to treatment: Physical therapy, medications, chiropractic care, injections, nerve ablation
Procedure overview: XLIF, PSF L3-L5
Life now: “When I woke up from surgery, I could tell he had fixed my back! That aggravating pain I’d had for years was gone,” Cyndi exclaimed. She was walking within hours of her surgery, and was climbing steps the next day, but that first week was still categorized as “rough.” Barely two months post-op, Cyndi and her husband, Bill, celebrated their wedding anniversary with a trip to the beach. They went sailing, had a grand time, and Cyndi reports that she had no pain at all. She even proudly sported her bikini, unashamed of her new scars. These days, Cyndi is back to being unstoppable. She has made some lifestyle modifications – like no jet-skiing – but is back to walking her dogs, taking camping trips, and best of all, feeling normal.