Michelle W. woke up one day with a sore neck. It certainly didn’t dawn on her that morning that her life was never to be the same. But soon, the 50-year-old Dallas resident and employee of a major transportation company began losing all feeling in her left hand, continuously dropping things. Eventually, she could not even lift a simple quart of milk.
“To have that kind of pain everyday is so hard. Today I feel like a whole new person.”
That’s when she found Dr. Peloza and the Center for Spine Care. According to Dr. Peloza, Michelle had two herniated disks putting immense pressure on the nerve.
“They worked with me to avoid surgery,” she says. “They tried everything from pain injections to physical therapy. It continued to get worse.”
Eventually Dr. Peloza did perform an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion where he obtained a bone graft from the hip in order to fuse the bone together. Michelle says that the moment she woke up from surgery, all of her pain was gone. In addition, she says she was up walking in two days, and within one month she had regained all of her strength back in her hand.
“To have that kind of pain everyday is so hard,” Michelle says. “It is miraculous. I feel like a whole new person. The whole experience was positive-the staff was great. Everything was explained to me and they really listened to me.”
Michelle says she is back doing everything she was doing before. She paints and she has increased her walking distances. She has nothing but kind things to say about her experience at the Center for Spine Care.
“I thank God for them every day.”
“He gave me my life back.” That’s what 43-year-old Melissa M. says of Dr. John Peloza.
As an account manager for Ceridian Inc., Melissa manages human resources and employee benefits programs. She says she didn’t realize the magnitude of pain that she was enduring until she was better.
Melissa awakened one morning several years ago to intense neck pain and spasms. She found she was suffering from a ruptured disc in her neck. After some targeted rehabilitation, which helped, she again awakened one-morning years later with the same intense pain. This time, rehabilitation exercises did not help. She had lost almost all use of her left triceps and arm due to pain.
Melissa began a relentless pursuit to find a surgeon who was doing something new and different to treat degenerative cervical discs. Many surgeons wanted to perform a fusion, obtaining bone graft from her hip and enter surgically through the front of her neck, which was out of the question for Melissa. Finally, she found Dr. Peloza.
“He had a new, minimally-invasive technique to enter the area in the back of my neck,” she says. “He used a small, tubular retractor and the whole procedure took maybe one hour.”
Dr. Peloza used the METRx™ endoscopic system to perform this new minimally invasive procedure.
Melissa didn’t even stay in the hospital overnight, preferring to go home to her own surroundings. She says she did not have to take any pain medications post surgery!
Today, Melissa hikes, power walks, lifts weights, swims and sails. She says she has learned new postures and lives a pain-free life. She even enjoyed an 8-day sailing venture in the Caribbean recently with her husband.
Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.