Spinal Fusion: San Francisco Surgeon Says Failed Back Surgery Can Be Corrected

Two years after undergoing a spinal fusion reversal procedure by Dr. Kenneth Light, Bobbie Jo Ramirez of Yuba City, CA says she is totally off all pain medications and is thriving.

Online PR News – 30-August-2012 – San Francisco, CA – San Francisco, CA - A failed back or neck surgery can leave a person in pain, unable to function physically and consigned to years of reliance on pain medications, immobility and depression, says renowned spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Light, who specializes in reconstructive surgery for patients who have had failed back surgery.

“That’s my story,” says 41 year-old Bobbie Jo Ramirez, who suffered a severe neck injury in 2001. “My doctor at the time told me that my neck had been compressed by the injury, resulting in a crushed disc and two herniated discs. I had a fusion procedure done in July of 2001, and I did relatively well for the next two years, although I was still in pain. Then my condition deteriorated and I experienced lots of muscle problems. My head was pulling forward, I had limited motion in my neck and nothing was helping me to get better. After nine years I realized I just couldn’t live like this any longer. I was heading toward self-destruction if I couldn’t get better,” she says.

In a novel procedure, Dr. Light removed the fusion hardware from a previous surgery done by a different surgeon, then he performed an artificial disc replacement procedure to relieve Bobbie Jo’s pain and to improve the range of motion in her neck. Bobbie Jo’s story was covered by ABC News as Dr. Light described how he performed her procedure, the first spinal fusion reversal procedure done in the U.S. Dr. Light also appeared in a recent segment on the national TV show “The Doctors” which featured another patient who was helped to recover from a debilitating neck injury with spinal disc replacement surgery.

Bobbie Jo just had a routine follow-up visit with Dr. Light and she reports that her progress has been remarkable. “Dr. Light says that everything is stable and looks good,” she says. “After years of having a poor appetite because of all the pain medications I had been on before my fusion reversal procedure, I can finally eat well. I now work full-time as an internet sales consultant. I’m completely off pain medication and I only occasionally experience some muscle spasms. My activity level is great and I’ve gained ten pounds of healthy weight. I volunteer as a kindergarten teacher’s assistant, and soon I will be coaching basketball.”

Bobbie Jo says that her injury and her successful treatment have been life-changing experiences. “I lost ten years of my life to this injury. The biggest struggle has been the emotional impact of being away from the pain meds which really clouded my memory, and adjusting to being healthy once again.”

Dr. Light says that Bobbie Jo is now in good condition and she can return to most normal activities. In the past two years he has performed a number of successful neck and back fusion reversal procedures.

For more information, visit Dr. Kenneth Light's website: www.drkennethlight.com or call 415.673.4500.

About Dr. Light:
Dr. Kenneth Light graduated from the Cornell University College of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency in Orhopaedic Surgery at the University of California in San Francisco., and completed a fellowship in spinal surgery under the guidance of Edward H. Simmons at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Dr. Light was director of the spine clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, and was founder and medical director of the San Francisco Spine Center at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Light is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, is board certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He is currently in private practice in San Francisco where he specializes in reconstructive surgery in patients who have had failed back surgery.

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