Having worked as a programmer for more than 30 years, 46-year-old Dave Patten describes himself as a “technical guy” and a “problem solver.” Until recently, he also had to describe himself as suffering from chronic back pain. Dave had lumbar pain that caused burning sensations that traveled down his legs, and experienced spasms so intense that he’d literally fall to the ground.
Simple tasks — even sitting at his desk at work or walking up stairs — became too much. That’s when Dave started doing some research and found the Spine Institute Northwest. “I got to know Dr. Kamson. I knew … he was going to do the right thing for me. He wanted to fix my problem,” Dave recalls. “I mean, I’m a technical guy, and I’m in risk analysis, and I asked questions and he was spot on.”
Dave ended up having a two-level minimally invasive lumbar fusion along with stem cell treatment. His recovery was “slow at first,” he says, as he had to give the fusion time to get properly established. But after about eight weeks, Dave as back at work, and “it gradually got better and better, and stronger and stronger, and I’m more active now.”
Dave has to fight back tears talking about the difference that becoming pain free has made in his life. He can spend more time with his kids, and he says, “They love it, they like me to be more active, not being in bed all the time.” At work, he’s the “back guy” — and when people have questions about treating back pain, Dave refers them to Dr. Kamson and the Spine Institute Northwest.
Hear more of Dave’s story, and the difference minimally invasive fusion made in his life, in his own words: