The North American Spine Society recognized the Center for Spine & Orthopedics very own, Rachel Cengia, PA-C, for contributing articles and reviewing content for www.KnowYourBack.org.
Category: Success Stories
Patricia Senn was only 13 when she had bilateral knee surgery in California. Although osteoarthritis of the knee ran in her family—her mother had double knee replacements—being a girls’ fast pitch softball player since age 5 didn’t help. After surgery, Senn returned to softball but her knees grew worse, and she was forced to quit the sport at age 18.
Kristine Fazzi had almost given up. Thirty years of looking down at a computer screen had compressed the spinal discs in her neck. Her hands hurt. Her arms were going numb, and pain shot down her chest. She was facing disability. After Fazzi’s chiropractor told her that she would not be able to walk within a year unless she had surgery, she went to see Dr. Anton Zaryanov. Though she was apprehensive at first, she decided to move forward with surgery because of Dr. Zaryanov’s training and the fact she trusted him. “He always listened and never discounted my knowledge,” says Fazzi. Today, she’s back at work and feels better than she thought possible.
Sandra Dorrance-Torres tore her rotator cuff last October when she missed a step and grabbed hold of a railing. After that, she couldn’t dress herself or brush her hair. Worst of all, she could no longer play with her grandchildren. After rotator cuff surgery by Dr. Lucas Schnell, she made a 100 percent commitment to follow her surgeon’s orders and had an exceptional outcome. “It takes commitment from the surgeon and the patient to produce great results,” says Dr. Luke Schnell, a fellowship-trained shoulder surgeon.
Rayne Andersen was so impressed with the results he got from spine surgery performed by Dr. Anton Zaryanov that he wrote a letter to talk show host Ellen Degeneres. “He did such a good job that I tried to tell Ellen about him,” says Andersen, who knew of the star’s back pain. “The folks at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics changed my life. Before I didn’t have a future, and now I do.”