Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion-my story
My life was making a right-hand turn to facing a high probability of living life in a wheelchair. My spine was failing and the clock was ticking. After 17 years of neck pain and limited range of motion I was referred to Dr. Todd J. Albert and my diagnosis was finally made: severe cervical myelopathy, myelomacia at C4, loss of cervical lordosis, severe spondylosis, C3- C4, C4-C5 and C5-C6, congenital stenosis, snake eye appearance of the spinal cord, spinal compression at C3-C4, C4-C5 and C5-C6, severe osteoporosis, no motion volitionally lateral bending or rotation, positive bilateral Hoffmans, and some kyphosis in the mid-cervical spine. On my initial consultation with Dr. Albert, he instilled trust, confidence and respect as his goals of care were well thought out. My case was very serious, certainly not without complications and risk. Hope and spirit were rekindled by Dr. Albert in his positive belief he could help me.
Dr. Albert performed the following surgery: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, C3- C6 with instrumentation, posterior cervical laminectomy, C3-C6 and fusion with instrumentation and bone graft.
My surgery was a medical miracle and testament to Jean de la Bruyere’s “Out of difficulties grow miracles.”
One could describe Dr. Todd J. Albert as a gentle giant, yet a doctor and a surgeon who is very proficient and accomplished in his work. Confident with sound judgment and compassionate about his work, one could say Dr. Albert is a genius, an Amazing doctor, nothing but perfection, a doctor with honor and integrity who takes much pride in his work. I continue to think of Dr. Todd J. Albert as a Superman in my life who took over for the rescue when I was drowning with spine problems with no hope and no answers, restoring my hope and giving me answers to all aspects of my spine condition.
Dr. Todd J. Albert and Natisha Ross, PA-C for Dr. Albert are true lifesavers for a spine patient and pillars of hope. I am blessed and Dr. Albert and Natisha are blessings in my life. Miracles do happen, as one must never lose hope. I feel like a walking miracle.
On the Road Again…
Life is Good…
Embrace the Journey!
Nancy J. Levine