The Doctor Patient
Doctor Solomon Kamson of the Spine Institute Northwest recently operated on Dr. Steven Levine, who is himself an anesthesiologist, pain management specialist, and minimally invasive surgery physician who practices in Carmel, Indiana.
Dr. Levine, who had a bout of back problems, placed his trust in Dr. Kamson, whom he asserts is “one of the few doctors in the US who can do what needs to be done in a less invasive manner.”
While not discounting the excellent work of orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons in treating back pain, Dr. Levine wanted a long term solution that would require the least amount of surgery in the least invasive manner which would result in the quickest recovery time.
You can’t fix back pain with surgery. The goal is to avoid surgery.
While having surgery is at times unavoidable, Dr. Levine believes that in treating back pain, less is always more. The least amount of surgery performed on his spine would avoid destabilizing his spine and causing a myriad of complications such as spinal stenosis or disc degeneration which would mean he would have to have another round of surgeries in the future.
“Open back surgery would work but within five to seven years degeneration of spine segments would occur, then requiring a fusion.”
Lack of Physicians in the United States
“As a doctor in the US, it is hard to find providers when we get sick and need care.” Specialists who do this type of work are not in the United States. They are in Asia and Europe. Doctor Kamson is one of the few physicians with the knowledge and expertise to successfully treat back pain in a less invasive manner by surgical decompression.
Thanks to the short downtime involved in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Levine was able to freely move about on the same day as his procedure with just a small incision in his back covered by a band-aid.
To complete Dr. Levine’s treatment, Dr. Kamson also used stem cells to help regenerate cartilage and heal the damaged disc.
Officer Garrett Baxter of Washington had always had back problems. “For years my back would go out once in a while,” Garrett says. “I’d physical therapy exercises and would get better again,”he continues. But ‘better’ did not mean that the pain was completely gone. It only meant that his pain was only temporarily managed, with the underlying cause not addressed at all.
A visit to a specialist informed Garrett that the underlying cause of his problem was that he had degenerative disc disease which meant that he had herniated discs. That particular specialist urged Garrett that surgery “was to be avoided” and that continuing physical therapy was the best option for managing the pain.
Then things turned quite bad on Valentine’s Day 2016. Garrett experienced such debilitating pain that he could barely walk, no matter what exercise or physical therapy he did. Knowing that traditional surgery was not for him, Garrett did some research on minimally invasive surgery. His research led him to Spine Institute Northwest and to Dr. Kamson. Dr. Solomon Kamson, an advocate of ‘less is more’ when it comes to surgery, took a look at Garrett’s MRI’s and decided on a course of action. Given the pain levels Garrett was experiencing, Dr. Kamson was astounded that he was even walking.
Garrett had no real expectations for the outcome of his surgery at Spine Institute Northwest, he only knew that given the pain he was in, he needed something major to address it.
After his procedure, he immediately felt better. “I’m better than I’ve been in years,” Garrett explains. “My pain level is zero compared to what I was experiencing before the surgery which was probably a 10.” Being a Deputy Sheriff in a police department, Garrett rides mountain bikes, necessitating that he be extremely fit and able to move around. Officer Garrett honestly states that “he would have lost his job” if he did not proceed with the surgery. “Having the surgery has changed my life.”
To read other stories of other patient successes from Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest, click here.
Patient with Sciatica: Melissa Drewery
Told by no less than 5 different doctors that nothing could be done for her back pain, Melissa Drewery was beginning to lose any hope for leading a normal, pain-free life in the future. After Melissa hurt her back in 2009, her pain got progressively worse, promoting her to seek treatment from traditional doctors.