It all started in 2001 when I fell and fractured and displaced my vertebrae . (I had been an athlete my entire life.) Within the year at age 40 I had a somewhat successful PLIF at L5-S1 and a disc replacement for spondylolysis. Initially I was doing quite well for many years, able to exercise to a certain extent and was on no pain medicine up until 2012 when my symptoms became increasingly worse for three years. At that time in 2015 it was recommended to me by another practice to place a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) for my severe radiating pain down my legs and for general spinal pain (and all the rest – tingling, pins and needles, numbness,weakness etc). I was unable to work or drive without serious pain and was on pain management with the usual narcotics. Following several rhizotomies, facet joint injections and all that comes with these, the SCS ended up disastrous. It was placed poorly in my thin body and got dislodged within 6 months.
In 2017, I began to desperately seek help for my horrendous situation and what to do about being in the worst physical and mental state of my life. University Medical Hospital surgeons gave me no hope except for the immediate removal of the SCS and claiming that it should have never been put in in the first place. The day I walked into Dr. Lingenfelter’s office was a blessing I will cherish always. From the very first moment meeting him, he made me feel there was hope. Without making many promises, we worked together towards a plan, removing the failed SCS and then one month later replacing the old screws and rods/cages and disc transplant with new ones plus another level up. To me it was a miracle. Three months post operatively I was already appreciating an improvement in my legs. I knew from the beginning that he wasn’t going to be able to fix all my problems due to severe scarring and adhesions and arthritis among other things but sure enough he gave me my life back. Now almost a year post -op , surely I am very limited physically keeping in mind I was previously a competitive athlete, but with minimal daily pain medicine, and I mean minimal, and changing my life style, (stress and anxiety free as much as possible), I can look forward to a stable way of life and know that whatever I may need in the future I have Dr. Lingenfelter to count on no matter what.
Dr. Ken is a superb surgeon with tremendous attention to detail. He is sincere, honest, with a wonderful sense of humor-something that makes the patient feel right away that you’re right at home. He has significant experience that became obvious to me since my condition was extremely complicated, and he was able to make the right diagnosis and choose the the best surgical care for me. I recommend Dr. Lingenfelter to anyone who has any problem, from the simplest to the most complex orthopedic/spinal issue. To be honest, he most likely is one of the top surgeons I have come across all these years that is highly qualified about the spine-one of the most intricate, complicated structures in the human body. Please take my word. You will only find better days after seeking his advice. Good luck and make the right decision.
All my best, Asimina