He jumped out of airplanes 102 times during his 25-year Army career and spent the Vietnam War in Korea getting shot at by snipers along the Imjin River. But when 65-year-old John Parris of Knoxville had to undergo minimally invasive spine surgery, he was admittedly nervous.
But as he suffered back and leg pain and repeated falls, caused by nerve compression and spondylolisthesis, which is the forward displacement of vertebra, Parris put his trust in neurosurgeon Barrett Brown, MD at TN Brain and Spine.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Using small incisions and state-of-the-art intraoperative image guidance, Dr. Brown attached surgical hardware such as pedicle screws and rods to the back of Parris’ vertebra. An interbody spacer called a fusion cage was inserted into the disc space from one side of the spine to help promote fusion.
“I was up walking within 24 hours, and once I got my legs under me it wasn’t long before I was doing the therapy, and I’ve done really well,” said Parris. “Coming up this August, it’ll be a year that I have been pain-free.”
After just a few days in the hospital and three weeks on a walker or cane, Parris – with his back made straighter by the rods – was free of pain, walking in physical therapy and well on his way to a full recovery.
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For more information about the services offered at TN Brain and Spine or to make an appointment, call (865) 331-2835.
About TN Brain and Spine
Common disorders we treat include:
- Congenital anomalies
- Vascular disorders
- Infections of the brain or spine
- Degenerative diseases of the spine