Stewart struggled with intense lower back and leg pain for about eight years. Now, Stewart is traveling with his family, walking at least 30 minutes each day, and riding his bike.
“It’s not going to be like it was before, but I am so happy with the results. It’s all about attitude and positivity. I also pray a lot and my faith gets me through the hard days,” explains Joyce.
Melissa claims, “I feel like I can try anything now that I am no longer living with constant back pain! Who knows what activities and adventures await me!”
In June 2013, Brock underwent XLIF surgery and was walking the very next day. “If more people knew about how this experience changed my life, I believe they could benefit and find a better quality of life, too,” he adds.
“When I went to my post-op appointment, I was literally skipping down the hall with joy. I finally had relief!” Scott is now back to work and back to helping out around the house. “I feel very blessed to be where I am at. Don’t be afraid. Get the surgery done so that you can get out and enjoy your life.”
Robert’s struggle with back and leg pain began in the early 1970’s. He was able to walk the day after XLIF® surgery and has now resumed the quality of life he had lost.
“I was up and around immediately,” Adriana says. “I was able to go home, dress, and bathe myself right away. Now I have zero pain—and I haven’t been pain-free in my back for more than 30 years! I can do all my hobbies and activities, such as shopping and socializing with friends!”
Many patients enrolled in The Better Way Back® are familiar with the story of Bill Walton, Basketball Hall-of-Famer, eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF®) patient, and spokesman for The Better Way Back. Here are excerpts from “Back in the Game: The Pain that Floored Me and the Surgery that Saved Me,” where Bill describes his journey from pain through recovery in his own words:
Gregg met with a spine surgeon and decided that working with him was a “slam dunk decision.” Since surgery, Gregg has returned to his active lifestyle – mountain biking, hiking, playing tennis and softball, and participating in whatever else it takes to stay in shape.