I went to BASIC in a wheelchair from Oklahoma with debilitating pain – could do nothing but lie in bed – even that was painful. Repeated epidurals in Oklahoma had become ineffective and living on narcotics was not something I chose to do. I had the injection at level 2/3. My diagnosis was degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and stenosis. Overall, my back was an "eight" out of "ten" for severity. One week upon returning from BASIC, I was out of the wheel chair and able to move with little pain. What a joy to just get out of bed in the morning!
A month later I went back out for the XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) at 2/3. I knew this was necessary because those conditions would worsen over time if I did nothing. The day after surgery I left the hospital and NEVER needed any pain meds at all. All pain was GONE. We spent the two weeks having a vacation as I needed to stick around there for follow-up visits. I am convinced that the complete ease I had for the XLIF was a result of the stem cell injection first. The inflammation was gone and I was doing very well going into the surgery.
Please don’t hesitate to call me. While we can never know how another individual may respond to a particular medical technology, all I know is that for me it gave me back QUALITY of life. And you will never find a medical team more patient focused than BASIC.
Victoria S, Norman Oklahoma
I was a locomotive engineer for Southern Pacific Transportation company. I suffered a serious back injury in 1998. I was told by doctors and surgeons that I had a 50/50 chance of walking, if I opted for the surgery then. The injury was located at L5 - S1, the lower back.
Not liking the odds, I refrained from having the surgery, hoping for a better procedure that would allow me to walk. I endured pain and numbness from 1998 to 2011. I was taking so many drugs, I was practically in a stupor, just to handle daily chores like cooking, cleaning, walking.
I heard about Dr. Ty from a great NP in Chino, CA. I made an appointment to interview him. I took one of my sisters with me, so as to get all matters pertaining to my condition after the surgery covered. We asked every question that came to mind: What is the procedure? What does the surgery entail? How long would I be laid up? Would I be able to walk & experience less pain than I was handling, prior to the surgery?
Dr. Ty is one of the best medical doctors I have had the fortune of meeting! He explained the procedure: A. L. I. F. (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion). He went through the process, step by step. He asked me whether I understood his explanation.
He used simple terms, that provided all the information at a level that was comprehensible, yet, all- inclusive.
His most important statement was this: "If you follow my instructions and do exactly what I inform you to do, I guarantee you'll be walking in 6 months."
No other Dr. made that bold of a statement. I was not convinced, just because he said it! I asked him how could he make such a statement, when others told me I had a 50/50 chance of walking. He was so confident with his procedure. He dissected the procedure point by point. He reiterated: do as I instruct you and you will be walking.
I got into more conversations with him, as did my sister. We talked for quite a long time. He told us that he would stay with us as long as it was necessary, to insure we understood all there was to know about the surgery.
We conversed further about some of his recent work, involving a new procedure. He reminded me of another person (me) who loves what he does. He got so energized during the discussion, that I became very comfortable talking WITH him. I know what it feels like to do something you love. It's not a job. It's a part of ones life. Within a week I had made the decision to have the surgery.
I am happy to relay this: I followed Dr. Ty's instructions precisely how he laid them out. I am walking, able to stand, sit, garden with virtually no pain. I enjoy chopping wood to keep in shape and to keep from knocking the mess out of some people who desperately deserve it! By the end of August, I am hopeful that I will be able to perform this task without restrictions!
For me, the procedure, A. L. I. F., gave me just that: A LIFE! I endorse this man with my life, because he gave me one!
I want to thank you for the care, consideration, your expert advice and medical help you and your qualified team have given me at BASIC Spine. Thank you Dr. Ty, you truly care for your patients and I am fortunate to be one you have helped.
You are a significantly, qualified physician due to your extensive educational back ground and your "hands on" everyday experience working with patients, like me, who need an expert like yourself.
You are exactly what I was searching for in a doctor. Your beliefs of helping patients with "minimally invasive procedures at affordable costs" show your honesty and ethics. Those are some the reasons I trusted you from the first time I contacted you. You helped me to decide on a more permanent solution for my back pain control with your "innovative stem cell procedures". You took the time to honestly explain the procedure and gave me your estimate of realistic results.
After 2 spinal cord surgeries to remove a benign ependymoma and remove extra fluid build up, I needed help to treat various spine conditions and chronic nerve pain. In 2004, I went to Beijing, China to have an O.E.G. cell transplant into my spinal cord. That procedure did help some of my sensory and motor functions but not too much for the pain control. In 2006, I was hit by a door at a store that pushed me to the floor fracturing my right hip, femur and ribs. After that I just about "slid off of the cliff".
Unfortunately I could not walk after that accident and was reinjured with more fractures, herniated discs, torn ligaments, musculoskeletal injuries of the shoulders, knees, hips etc. while attempting to do "get better" and do physical therapy.
I tried all of the traditional pain control treatments that did not offer any permanent effects. The nerve blocks, epidurals and trigger point injections offered temporary results. Pain medication is also temporary and did not help much with the type of pain I had. Also, I cannot tolerate most pain medications. The pain blocks and trigger point injections were the only procedures that gave me any help. I was getting a nerve block approximately every 4-6 weeks which were invasive and not permanent. I kept searching for another answer.
Luckily I read about you on the internet. You and your office staff were and are so accommodating to "fit me in" because I am from out of state. My background is complex but you really listened to me. You had the best suggestions for me using the state-of-the-art spinal and joint rejuvenation medicine program with stem cells on my spine.
The procedure was successful. It helped me in many ways. I was standing straighter and using my central core more almost immediately after the injection. I was doing physical therapy within a month. I had not walked outside to exercise for years, now I am walking with my lofstrands outside my home daily and I am still getting stronger.
Just wanted to let you know that I had the SI joint fusion surgery on Dec. 19th, 2011 from Dr. Gowriharan Thaiyananthan of BASIC Spine in Orange, Ca.
As of today, January 25th, I am feeling great. I just went on a five mile walk on Saturday with my husband. I have not been able to normally walk without knee buckling etc. for more than 6 yrs. and the pain has greatly decreased in my body. I am totally amazed and pleased with the procedure.
Kudos to everyone. I am so thankful this was available as an option for me. I have had back pain since my first back surgery in 1997. The difference is amazing. Thank you!
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