My name is Dennis Korumpas, I’m 73 years of age and I born and grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. I was social studies teacher in Peabody for about 22 years and I ended my career in Peabody in 2003 and I’ve been retired since. I was doing a spinathon at the Salem Y in June 2nd of 2013 and when I got home I couldn’t feel my right foot, my right toe. Lucky to get in to see Dr. Medlock. MRI revealed that I had spinal stenosis. In spinal stenosis, these are the nerves that come down from the head and go down to the.
Legs so they have to come through this channel right here and then they have to come out through down to the legs. So this area gets smaller as the spine becomes more arthritic with age. Well we took the conservative approach, therapy, medication, and I did that for four or five months. Yeah the treatment of spinal stenosis is always conservative, it’s always non surgical and and surgical is the last step when we can’t keep em’ comfortable by any other means. So I referred him to Dr. Pajela. Yeah I went to see her two or three times and again she was checking the strength of my foot,.
Whatever, and we sort of reached a plateau, it wasn’t getting any better. So, in Dennis’ case, he lost function in his foot, which is important because he teaches spinning classes, so we really focused on trying to get his strength back. So after about, you know, six to eight weeks of physical therapy when I saw that his weakness wasn’t improving we discussed surgery. So we really don’t like jumping into that unless we have to, but you know, we really want to restore their function to the level where they’re.
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Able to do the things they want to do and that’s what we really, we try to impress upon patients. And that’s when she sent me back to Dr. Medlock, and that’s when he said, do you want, do you want to do the surgery And the procedures called a lumbar laminectomy and involves taking the bone off of the back of the spine, so again this is the back of the patient. So the patient is put to sleep, and then I make an incision, and then I come down and I take off this bone so that.
These nerves in here are no longer compressed. He said to me that it would be probably six months to a year before you get back most of what you had before. The speed of the recovery is quite variable, generally younger patients, like Dennis do very well, and he’s a very motivated person, so he’s it’s always a delight to treat someone like that because they’re, they have places to go and things to do, and you know that they’re gonna, they’re gonna be very proactive in their recovery and do well.