Wednesday, November 19, 2008

78 yo man from West Virginia 8 days after anterior/posterior spinal reconstruction tells his story

Smoot is 78 yo man from West Virginia that I did spinal stenosis and scoliosis surgery 8+ years ago at Duke Medical Center (DUMC).
He was basically non-ambulatory at that time due to his severe spinal problems. He did great after surgery, but over the past year has had increasing kyphosis, pain and trouble walking.
Eight days ago we straightened him up with an anterior L5S1 ALIF instrumentation and fusion, followed by posterior Lumbo-Sacral-Iliac Wing instrumentation and fusion with posterior osteotomies and lumbar laminectomy.
He has done great after surgery, now standing up straight, and walking very well.
He is flying off to Florida today with his friend's private jet from West Virginia.

This morning before he left, we got a nice team photo, and Smoot tells his story with a short video clip.

Get well soon, Smoot!

Lloyd A. Hey, MD MS
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery
Raleigh, NC USA
Member, Scoliosis Research Society (


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