Everyone has their limit, and David Hurlbut had reached his. A herniated disc was causing sciatic nerve pain running through the right side of his body that David says was “indescribable.” He was done with the pain — but all the traditional surgical solutions that he was able to find near his home in Alaska would have meant waiting even longer before he’d experience relief. “Well you’re gonna be 2 to 5 days in the hospital, just for the recovery time,” he recalls the doctor explaining, “and then it’s gonna be from upwards of 2 months plus before you can even consider about going back to work.”
David had heard about outpatient laser surgery, and he called a major laser spine center in the lower 48. “They said well we can do it in about four weeks,” he remembers. “FOUR WEEKS!” He simply couldn’t wait that long.
With David’s next step, his wait was nearly over. He called the Spine Institute Northwest and spoke directly with Dr. Kamson. “[I said] what can you do for me, I’m in a lot of pain. And he said you know, you come down this week and I can operate on you by Friday,” David marvels. After talking with Dr. Kamson on a Tuesday, David flew from Alaska to Washington on Wednesday evening and met with Dr. Kamson that night. As promised, he had his minimally invasive surgery on that very Friday. Soon after, he was on his way back to Alaska, and back to a normal, pain-free life.
David strongly recommends minimally invasive spine surgery for people who are living with sciatic nerve pain. “Everyone has their own level of pain they can put up with, but I mean get it done,” he says. “You’re dealing with that kind of pain, [the surgery is] going to make so much of an improvement, that’s just what it comes down to.” David didn’t want to wait any longer — what are you waiting for?
Listen to what else David has to say to people considering minimally invasive spine surgery: