Barbara experiences dramatic improvement to quality of life after robotic spine surgery – right here in Reno.

Dr. Shane Abdunnur is one of the best surgeons around,” explains Barbara. She had struggled off and on with back pain symptoms for several years but managed to avoid surgery. Unfortunately, in the spring of 2020, Barbara noticed her symptoms drastically worsening. “The pain was unreal; it felt like an electric shock through my body,” she explained. The back pain symptoms were hampering Barbara’s entire way of life, and it was a challenge to sit, stand, and sleep. Even with the painful symptoms, she still wasn’t ready for surgery. She had an epidural injection to relieve her pain symptoms, and it helped for about a week. Barbara was disappointed when the pain quickly returned. During an appointment with Swift Spine Institute nurse practitioner, Jennifer Stroshine, APRN, Ms. Stroshine encouraged Barbara to explore surgical options. “She told me my spine condition was unlikely to improve without surgery and could even continue to worsen.” Barbara decided that she didn’t want to live her life in constant pain.

She made an appointment with Dr. Shane Abdunnur to discuss options for spine surgery. “I felt very comfortable with Dr. Abdunnur,” Barbara says. “He was very informative about the surgical procedures that would be needed to treat my spine condition.” She understood the importance of selecting a surgeon specializing in spine surgery and on the forefront of spine surgery techniques and technology.

Ultimately, Barbara decided to move forward with the recommended 2 stage spine surgery to correct her degenerative spine condition. She chose Dr. Abdunnur as her surgeon. Dr. Abdunnur performed the 2 stage spine surgery procedures using the Globus Excelcius surgical navigation at Saint Mary’s Regional Hospital in November 2020. “I felt immediate relief from my back pain symptoms,” exclaims Barbara. She was walking the day after her procedures; the surgery drastically restored her quality of life. Barbara has incorporated walking and at-home exercises in her recovery plan. She has been able to return to work as a home health team member without pain. “I love Swift Spine Institute; it’s been a great experience,” she reflects. “I would recommend Dr. Abdunnur, Sydnii, and Kiersten to anyone considering spine surgery.”

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