Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Activities At Hey Clinic.

We've received so many caring Christmas / Holiday cards from many of our Hey Clinic guests from all over. We've also received many Christmas good wishes via email as well. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share with us. We do hope all of you are having a good holiday with your family and friends. I've been rounding this weekend at Duke Raleigh Hospital for our guests who are still recovering in the inpatient environment, but still have had some time to celebrate Christmas with my family.

We had just a half day in clinic on Friday, letting the Hey Clinic staff head home for the holidays. Friday afternoon, I did an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery for a lady in severe pain and trouble using one of her arms. She did great, and went home the next morning with relief. A good gift!

I got a chance to see one of our adolescent idiopathic scoliosis guests back for follow-up 6 weeks after his surgery. He is doing very well, and is two inches taller -- which makes him way taller than his mom (who is still boss!)

He has been able to resume his normal activities, and is kicking butt in school.

I also saw this gentleman and his wife back for follow-up. He had an extremely severe spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis and could barely walk preop with severe pain.

He is now walking great, standing up straight with pain relieved, and very thankful.

This lady had a complex revision kyphoscoliosis reconstruction with a history of broken spinal rods with a thoracic fracture. I used a special "triple rod" technique to help reinforce that high load area. She is now well healed, standing up straight, and doing very well.

This gentleman was referred to me by a neurologist, since the patient was losing control of his arms and legs due to severe cervical spinal stenosis.

He has regained the use of his arms and legs, and is celebrating his one year anniversary of his surgery. He actually wept for joy on his first postop visit, and thanked God for his returned neurologic function.

Before surgery, both his arms and legs were very weak and clumsy. His surgery was a multilevel cervical laminectomy with posterior cervical fusion.

Best Christmas / Holiday Wishes to all our Hey Clinic Guests and Families.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

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