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DEGENERATIVE SCOLIOSIS

Also known as adult onset scoliosis, degenerative scoliosis occurs when the joints in the spine start to degenerate, forcing the spine to curve to one side in a sort of ‘C’ shape in the lower back. The degeneration process may happen slowly over time as a patient ages. Symptoms of degenerative scoliosis can range from a dull pain in the back to excruciating sensations radiating down the leg. These symptoms may make it harder or even impossible for a patient to walk. It’s important to note that degenerative scoliosis is completely separate from adolescent onset scoliosis



PATIENT STORY

SUZANNE S. ~ DEGENERATIVE SCOLIOSIS

“Dr. Asghar has given me my life back, and I am so grateful to him and the staff at the Cantor Spine Institute.”

Dr. John Asghar performed my back surgery on January 22, 2019. Among other issues, I had degenerative scoliosis of my lumbar region, and little to no space between my last 5 lumbar vertebrae, which caused two nerves going to my left leg to be crushed.

I have always been an active person; I started roller blading in my 50’s. But as the years went by, I started having back issues that got worse and worse, to the point where I couldn’t even go to the grocery store without being in pain the whole time. I had to lean on the grocery cart to be able to do it. I could no longer go with my husband to walk our dog. I had constant pain in my left leg because of crushed nerves. I was being treated by a pain management doctor, who was administering epidurals every 10-12 weeks. Then the epidurals no longer helped. My doctor told me I should consider surgery. I visited 2 surgeons with my x-rays and MRI’s. Neither of them had anything to offer me other than a solution that didn’t address all my issues or a 8-10 hour fusion surgery and a long, painful recovery.

Then, by a stroke of good luck, my husband saw an ad in the newspaper for “Dinner with the Doctor” featuring Dr. Asghar, who specializes in correcting spinal deformities, at Holy Cross auditorium. When I saw that he was part of the Cantor Spine Institute, I was really encouraged. Dr. Cantor performed successful neck surgery on me in 2012, and I know his extremely high standards. After attending the presentation, I made an appointment to see Dr. Asghar. As soon as he spoke with me about my situation, I knew right away that he was the doctor I had been waiting for. His plan addressed all my issues. I left with hope for the first time in years. Not only is he a skillful, talented surgeon, he is a caring person.

My surgery took 3 1/2 – 4 hours; and, at Dr. Asghar’s recommendation, I spent a week at the wonderful John Knox rehab facility in Pompano Beach before going home. I have had minimal pain, and am recovering very quickly. A big plus is that I know I can confidently call Dr. Asghar’s P.A., Priscila, to address any questions or concerns and know that they will be responded to in a timely and caring manner. Yesterday, I ran errands with my daughter involving quite a bit of walking. Although I got tired, I was NOT IN PAIN!

MICHELLE J. ~ DEGENERATIVE SCOLIOSIS OF LUMBAR SPINE; SPONDYLOLISTHESIS LUMBAR; LUMBOSACRAL SPINE INSTABILITY

Dr. Asghar met with me and answered EVERY question I asked. He spent a lot of time with us. He was compassionate and caring. He was not in a hurry to end my appointment. He was more concerned about determining that I would have an outcome that would improve my quality of life than they we about getting an order to do the surgery. Other surgeons said that my scoliosis surgery would take 2 days, 6 hours a day. Six hours after I was taken to the operating room, I was on my way to recovery. I am 6 weeks out and doing amazing. Some discomfort but no pain. All my pre-surgery pain is gone. I have some continued discomfort from the need to retrain my muscles. My future is bright and I see a more active life free from pain on the horizon. Much to the relief of my family and friends I can’t say enough about Dr. Asghar and Priscila and the office staff.

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