Before Barbara Derham, of West Norriton, had spinal surgery at Abington Health’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute in Lansdale, she couldn’t sit anywhere comfortably, “Driving my car was especially excruciating,” the 70-year-old retiree recalls. “I felt really limited.”
Then she made an appointment with orthopaedic spine surgeon Victor W. Hsu, MD. Dr. Hsu explains, “Barbara had spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) and disc instability.” After discussing her options, Dr. Hsu performed a laminectomy of lumbar discs 2-5. The procedure allows the surgeon to clear away the bits of herniated disc tissue that are pressuring the nerves.
Dr. Hsu also fused her lowest lumbar discs, L-4 to S1, stabilizing the bones together with bone grafts.
Barbara says, “I only needed a walker for the first week after surgery. I think even Dr. Hsu was surprised. I was back to driving six weeks after the surgery. I’m living my life again. Best of all, I don’t have that all-consuming pain from so many pinched nerves.”