24-year-old Patrick M. is thankful to be here. In 1997, while playing tennis with a friend, Patrick thought he had pulled a muscle in his back. He continued playing tennis, soccer and other sports but his back continued to hurt.
A frightening cancer diagnosis promised to be fatal for the 24-year-old. Today he is cancer-free after a surgery only a handful of surgeons can perform.
An examination and a series of x-rays brought a frightening diagnosis: Patrick had Ewing’s Sarcoma, a malignant tumor of the pelvis and sacrum. The tumor is 100% fatal without surgery and chemotherapy. Patrick says after the initial shock of the diagnosis wore off, he concentrated on how to get better.
Patrick had one of two choices. The first was to cut off half his pelvis and the whole leg or resect the tumor and reconstruct his pelvis and spine. The first option would get rid of the whole tumor but leave him without his leg and pelvis, confining him to a wheelchair. The second option would salvage his limb but the surgery is much more difficult and risky with a chance of leaving residual tumor, which would be fatal eventually. Also, the reconstruction of his pelvis and spine is very difficult and only a handful of surgeons worldwide can successfully perform the surgery.
After surgery, Patrick was in a body brace for 10 months and on crutches for another 9 months. The surgery was successful in removing the entire tumor and the reconstruction rebuilt his pelvis and spine without complications.
Today, 5 years later, Patrick is still cancer-free and his outlook is very optimistic. “I can do everything I did before. I lift weights, play touch football, soccer, basketball and even play in a flag football league,” he says.
Patrick says he has “total faith and trust” in Dr. Peloza. “I feel blessed,” he says.
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.