Success of the least invasive treatment |




By Mike Noble for SLC Health Medical Group

A few years ago Tony Prinster had a cyst in his spine surgically removed, but it recently reappeared. “The pain was gradually increasing each day and I was starting to lose the use of my left leg,” he said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t stand on my leg anymore and barely walk. I was afraid to end up in a wheelchair, so I started looking for the doctor with the best expertise to help me get back to normal life. I have spoken to several doctors in the area who have had back surgery themselves and they all advised me to go see Dr Bobby Agrawal.

Using X-ray and MRI imaging technology at St. Mary’s, Dr. Agrawal assessed Tony’s condition and discussed options with him. “We were able to see that Tony had developed more arthritis manifested by recurrence of the cyst and looked at all of the treatment options available, from the more conservative option of doing nothing to physical therapy, injections and l final option of surgery. Even with the surgical aspect, we discussed the different types of operations we could do, from the smallest and least invasive surgery to the more complex procedure of fusing his spine. Together we decided to do one of the smaller surgeries where we remove the cyst and some of the arthritis around the nerves.

“Dr. Agrawal did a great job outlining the options for me,” Tony said. “He emphasized that he wanted to be as non-invasive as possible while doing the job, and I appreciated that.”

“When you can educate and empower patients to make the decision for themselves, it really gets reflected in their mindset before recovery,” said Dr Agrawal. “Tony was committed to the procedure and it made a big difference in the success of his operation.”

“Before the surgery I had a lot of pain and discomfort and couldn’t live the life I wanted,” Tony added. “After the operation, the day I got home, I was able to take a short walk. I walked a little more each day and within three weeks I was back to a normal level of activity.

“As a surgeon, it is so gratifying to see someone come back to your clinic,” said Dr Agrawal. “It’s gratifying to know that our team was able to help Tony get back to the life he wanted. ”

Dr Agrawal went on to explain that SCH Health has brought together the most skilled neurosurgical and spine care team on the West Slope, backed by cutting edge technology that helps facilitate expert patient care. “Our group sees the most complex pathologies that affect the spine and the brain, and we are able to serve our community in a way that has never been done before. Our main goal is to help our patients get back to life by using the least invasive treatment possible to achieve this. We can really improve the quality of life for people and it is very rewarding.

“The most important thing for me is that I can now move painlessly,” Tony said. “I am able to hike, ski, golf and be as active as before. For a guy who is almost 80, I’m pretty close to normal, thanks to Dr Agrawal.


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