Patient Success Stories
Jodi came to South Bend Orthopaedics with pain in her leg, thinking she had a problem with her leg. Her orthopedic physician determined it was actually a back problem and internally referred her to South Bend Spine, SBO's Spine Center of Excellence.
Tyler Eifert with Notre Dame Football injured his back right before his freshman year. He received treatment at South Bend Orthopaedics. After trying rest, therapy, and exercise, surgery was required and an SBO spine surgeon removed a broken piece of vertebrae that had been causing the pain.
Jim had been having lower back problems for years, regularly seeing a chiropractor for treatment. Finally, after exhausting all non-surgical options, he scheduled an appointment with SBO.
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Janice does not let much slow her down. A gymnast in college, she still stays active by working out at the gym, rollerblading and snow skiing when ever possible. Janice is a successful clinical psychologist, professor and a consultant on public policy. Her career can be physically exhausting at times. As a pediatric psychologist, Janice must bend down, kneel, sit on the floor and be able to lift and hold her young patients. Her career also involves frequent commuting.
About two and a half years ago Janice began having low back pain, the symptoms were dull and sporadic at first. As time went by, the pain worsened and became more persistent. The long commutes were painful because her symptoms flared when sitting. Janice made an appointment with a local physician to help find some back pain relief. The physician suggested conservative care such as anti-inflammatories for the pain. While this did offer some temporary relief, the pain would soon return.
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“I could not do much of anything for about one year. I could not play with my grandkids or take walks. My spine surgery improved my life a lot. I am able to do things again, like normal daily activities. I feel like a new person. I cannot say enough good things about the physicians and staff and SBO. It was definitely worth having the surgery done. I was afraid and untrusting before coming to SBO, but I was taken care of very well. Everyone was great!”
“The pain I had was very seriously limiting my life. The spine surgery took away the horrific pain and I was able to move again. My overall experience was excellent! Dr. DeLeeuw knew exactly what I was going through, and was very open, honest and caring.”
“Having had a high level of pain for several years, I would try to do things as usual (be very active) but it got to the point that I was in constant pain and my activities were severely limited. I was always active and involved in sports, including golf, but the pain became so severe that I thought I would have to give things up – which was not an option! After six weeks of just walking, I was cleared for other activities. Almost instantaneously (after letting the incision heal) I was pain free. I could get out of bed with no problems, tie my shoes, and after 6-8 weeks I got back to many of my activities pain free."
“I was miserable! I couldn’t walk 100 feet without pain radiating from hip to ankle. I could only shop I places with carts and only for short periods of time (20 minutes max). There was no way I could work. I felt better as soon as I was conscious after surgery. I can walk, dance, and shop without pain. I went on vacation two months after surgery and was able to work for long distances. I was worried that I would be laid up for a long time, but I was up cooking in four days and out to lunch in five! South Bend Orthopaedics is great! There was no long wait for my doctor or x-rays. I was really afraid, but now I wish that I had done this surgery years ago.”