A Surgical Solution
Andrew’s chiropractor referred him to neurosurgeons Mark McLaughlin, MD, and Nirav K. Shah, MD, FAANS, FACS. Imaging scans revealed degenerative changes in Andrew’s spine and a left-sided disc herniation. These conditions were causing low back pain, sciatic nerve pain, and most alarmingly, weakness in his left foot, the sign of a serious nerve issue. He was told he needed surgery immediately.
“I was originally against having surgery because it meant I had to give up control, but talking to Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Shah made me feel more at ease,” says Andrew.
“We now have the tools and technology to address issues like Andrew’s,” explains Dr. McLaughlin. “For appropriately selected patients, outcomes for spine surgery are better than ever.”
In May 2021, Dr. McLaughlin decompressed Andrew’s spine by removing debris around the nerve and using screws and rods to stabilize the vertebrae in his lower lumbar area. Andrew went home four days after surgery and started physical therapy at CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center about four months later. He’s hoping to hit the ski slopes this winter, and get back to golfing this spring.
“I had no quality of life left,” Andrew says. “Now I’m in zero pain. It’s almost overwhelming to be able to enjoy my life again. I haven’t felt this good in 40 years—I’m the happiest guy in the world.”
Learn more about surgery services at CentraState at centrastate.com/surgery or 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727).