Winter 2008 Issue
|Taking A Shot At Avoiding Surgery
Epidural Injections Help Ed Karp To Manage The Pain Of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
When Ed first began experiencing discomfort and was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, he tried physical therapy and medications with limited success. Doctors recommended surgery for his condition, but he wanted another option. He was referred to Dr. Welshofer, who assessed his condition and offered epidurals as an alternative to surgery.
“By all accounts Ed’s condition is bad enough to warrant surgery; however, we’ve taken care of him with occasional shots for years,” said Dr. Welshofer.
The injections have provided Ed with excellent relief. Some shots have been effective up to 18 months; others have lasted as little as three. He receives injections from Dr. Welshofer at the practice’s surgical center, Carolina Center For Specialty Surgery. He is allowed to have three to four shots per year as needed.
“I know it’s not a permanent solution,” said Ed. “Eventually, surgery will probably be needed.” He has also been evaluated at the practice by neurosurgeon Hunter Dyer, MD. They are considering the possibility of using a new decompression surgery to treat Ed’s condition.
“My experience with Dr. Welshofer over the years has been wonderful,” said Ed. “It’s great to know that in one practice I can get conservative treatment and also explore my surgical options.”
A Debilitating Condition
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