It started with numbness in his hands and feet and then progressed to lower back pressure. It was April of 2021 and Derik, 37, was already receiving treatment for the numbness but needed a solution for the constant back pain. A resident of Waterford, MI, Derik reached out to the Spine Nurse Navigator at St. Joe’s Oakland for help. Nurse Navigator Larissa scheduled Derik for an appointment with board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Todd Francis.
Dr. Francis ordered an MRI of Derik’s spine which helped to diagnose mild to moderate cervical spine stenosis. His medical recommendation was surgery to improve the numbness and back pressure. In May, Derik had an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The surgery was successful, and Derik was discharged the following day. By July, Derik was feeling very well and was pleased with the outcome of the surgery. He’s seen significant improvement in his walking and stability.
“Recovery is going great and I’m happy with my results. The numbness in my hands has improved. I was impressed with the speedy process and enjoyed connecting with my nurse navigator the whole time.”Derik, 37, Back Pain Patient
St. Joe’s Spine Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of physicians and clinicians whose goal is to help patients return to normal function by providing both non-surgical and surgical solutions to simple and complex spine conditions. Our spine surgeons, physical medicine doctors, and pain specialists work together to find the best solution for your back and neck pain. Our Spine Nurse Navigators are here to help guide you through the process from beginning to end.
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