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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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Diane was rearranging furniture one day when she started feeling some back and leg pain on her right side. At first, she didn’t think too much of the pain and took some NSAIDs for relief. Unfortunately, Diane’s symptoms persisted. She also began feeling numbness and tingling in her right leg that radiated into her left.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Diane return to activity after spinal stenosis.

 

 

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Audrey started having back and leg pain about 10 years ago. Through the years, her pain would come and go and she would take antiinflammatories to help relieve her symptoms. Audrey tried other non-surgical care options to help relieve her symptoms — including chiropractic care and physical therapy. The chiropractic care did offer some temporary relief, but her leg and back pain would always return. As the years went by Audrey noticed her pain symptoms becoming more constant and intense.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Audrey return to activity after a painful herniated disc.

 

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As a grocery store manager, Jeffrey is used to working long hours with much physical activity during his work week. He started feeling right leg pain about a year ago. At first, he chalked it up to his active work day and tried taking anti-inflammatories for pain relief. As time went by, Jeffrey’s pain symptoms remained and he went to his doctor for help. His doctor suggested he try physical therapy for pain relief. The exercises did help some — but his symptoms always returned. Next he tried chiropractic care, which didn’t offer lasting relief either. Jeffrey started having back pain also. His right leg and back pain worsened considerably near the end of 2011. His symptoms were now interfering with his lifestyle, long hours on the job were becoming more difficult. Jeffrey returned to the chiropractor for an adjustment.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Jeffrey return to activity after a painful bulging disc with pinched nerve.

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Spine Surgery - Lumbar

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Pam has always enjoyed staying active, some of her favorite activities include fishing, traveling, working with stained glass and spending time with her grandchildren.

Unfortunately, Pam had also struggled off and on with back pain for many years and tried a variety of treatment options including injections, physical therapy and even had a spine surgery in 2011. The spine surgery relieved her pain symptoms for a while but in February of 2012, Pam began having severe back pain symptoms that made it difficult to walk for longer than 15 minutes. “The pain was more severe on my right side and would radiate down into my leg,” Pam remembers. Simple ac-tivities such as grocery shopping and house work were becoming impossible. She went to her doctor for relief and was soon referred to Dr. Gus Varnavas, a fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Pam find lasting relief from back and leg pain.

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Candy’s work as an attorney requires that she remain active. Though she had experienced back and hip pain for many years, Candy did not let the pain get in the way of remaining active. She would occasionally take anti-inflammatories to help with her pain symptoms.

It was near the end of August when Candy’s pain symptoms became so severe that she could barely walk. Her condition was interfering with her normal lifestyle — work was becoming difficult and she could barely walk half a block without needing a break. Walking up the stairs to the county courthouse was impossible. Candy went to her general practitioner for relief. Her doctor took X-Rays of her spine and the results showed that her spinal curve (also known as scoliosis) was worsening.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Candy find lasting relief from back and hip pain.

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Donald was on the job when he heard a pop in his back followed by throbbing pain in his lower back. He went to his doctor later the same day to find out what was causing his pain symptoms. Donald’s back pain had started radiating into his left glute and down into his knee. The doctor took XRays and suggested that Donald get some rest. He also suggested some anti-inflammatories to help with the pain symptoms.

As the days and weeks went by, Donald found that his symptoms not only lingered but continued to worsen. He again went to his doctor and over the course of more than a year, Donald was referred to multiple specialists, including a pain management doctor and a neurosurgeon. During this time, Donald tried injection therapy to help relieve his symptoms — but the injections did not help. He found the most relief from his symptoms when he laid on his right side.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Donald find lasting relief from back and leg pain.

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Spine Surgery - Cervical

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Dennis has always enjoyed staying active, some of his favorite activities include water skiing and working out in the gym. Dennis was injured while water skiing last August. Following the accident, he started having pain in his neck and shoulders and into his arms and legs. Besides the pain, Dennis also experienced numbness and tingling in his hands and arms. He tried taking anti-inflammatories for his symptoms but they offered little relief. Dennis took it easy for a few days, but found his symptoms remained — regardless of if he was walking, standing, sitting or laying down.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Dennis return to activity after a spinal cord injury.

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While on the job, Martin fell to the ground after slipping from a ladder and hanging from his left arm for several minutes. Following the accident, Martin noticed pain in the left side of his neck and his left arm. Not long after, he also felt numbness in his left foot.

Martin went to a doctor to be examined, the doctor told him his condition was not serious and prescribed him pain medicine for his symptoms. Martin returned to his job in the maintenance industry, but his symptoms did not go away. Next he went to a chiropractor and the treatment offered some temporary pain relief. Meanwhile, Martin continued to work, though his symptoms allowed him to work only light duty.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Martin find relief from years of severe neck and extremity pain.

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Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical

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Doug’s career as a truck driver offered him many opportunities to see different parts of the country. Over the years though, Doug started struggling with back and neck pain. Some of his symptoms could be attributed to normal wear and tear on the body, while others were likely due to a car accident.

Doug wanted to remain active and tried many different conservative care options for his symptoms — including physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care. All of these treatments offered some temporary relief.

Click here to read more and learn how Dr. Varnavas helped Doug find lasting relief from neck and shoulder pain.

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