I am 52 years old, I work and am going to school to become a nurse. 9 years ago, I injured my neck and over time, it was getting progressively worse. I am a pretty active person that doesn't like to sit still. I addressed this issue with my doctor and tried everything from massage to physical therapy to chiropractic adjustments to epidurals and radio frequency ablation. However, I was getting nowhere and the pain was actually getting worse.
One by one, I was forced to give up activities I enjoyed. In addition to this, I couldn't sleep well and I had to study laying flat and holding my book up (which makes it very hard to work on the computer or take notes). I was getting to the point where I honestly couldn't remember what it felt like to NOT hurt and was at the end of my rope. I would get up in the morning and have to take 4 ibuprofen and lay back down until it reduced the pain to the point that I could just function. I was miserable!
Then my neurologist referred me to Dr. Herceg. I went to see him and he thought I would be a good candidate for surgery and explained the procedure he thought I would benefit from. He was so nice and answered any questions I had. Then he sent me to Liz who explained the procedure in more detail, got everything scheduled and took care of my insurance and paperwork for my employer.
When my surgery day arrived, everyone was so great! They made me feel comfortable and not nervous at all. Just a few days after surgery, I honestly felt better than I had in at least two years!! I did take the prescribed pain medications for the first 5 days, but after that I only needed TWO ibuprofen occasionally. It was amazing to wake up feeling good and like myself again!!
Now, I'm back to doing the things I love and enjoying life pain free! Dr. Herceg gave me my life back and I am so grateful! I would highly recommend him and the wonderful people at Orthopedic ONE. Dr. Herceg's office will be my first call should ever need anything again!