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Novant Health Article: Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Gave This 74-year-old a Fresh Start

Source— Published March 27, 2023

Original Publish Date: Jan 19, 2023
Contributing Writer for Novant Health: Page Leggett

“Patient enjoys shopping and traveling again without having major surgery”

Article Excerpts:

Sherry Clayton, 74, has always been active. Like many people her age, she had arthritis—but it didn’t keep her from doing the things she loved. Then, in June 2021, her pain became too much. An MRI revealed that she had lumbar spinal stenosis, a disease that occurs when the space inside the spine becomes too small, placing pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots.

The condition is more common in older populations. One out of every 1,000 people over the age of 65 is likely to develop spinal stenosis, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Clayton, a resident of Fort Mill, South Carolina, saw two spine surgeons, both of whom recommended spinal fusion surgery—but even that wouldn’t guarantee she’d be pain-free. Not being one to accept the status quo, Clayton did some research. She found the website for Vertos Medical and liked what she read about the minimally invasive lumbar decompression, mild® Procedure, which led her to Dr. Nasir Khatri. He and his partner, Dr. Jacob Wang, are two of just a handful of doctors in the Charlotte area trained on the procedure. Vertos is a medical device company that manufactures the specialized equipment necessary to perform the procedure.

About six weeks after her initial consultation with Khatri, Clayton went to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center—the very hospital where she was born—to have the same-day procedure. Khatri reported: “At her two-week follow-up appointment, she reported having nearly 75% pain relief and, more importantly, improved function. Based on her Apple Watch data, she is now walking double the steps she could before.”

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