In Touch With Life

Lois Roberts hugs her daughtersGetting the best treatment was also important to Lois Roberts, 34. When she started losing sensation in her arms and had no feeling in her fingers, Lois made an appointment with Dr. Pollard. "My right leg went numb and I couldn't stand on it. Going up and down the stairs was a painful chore," says Lois.

Lois' MRI showed that one of her cervical disks was pushing on her spinal cord. After traditional treatments failed to relieve her symptoms, Dr. Pollard performed neck surgery to decompress her spinal cord and nerves. When Lois woke up from surgery, she had feeling back in her hands. "My children came to visit me and I was able to feel them for the first time in a long time. The pressure was gone and my sense of touch was restored," says Lois. Two weeks after surgery, she had no discomfort. "This surgery gave me my life back," she says.

Get back on track

Dr. Pollard treats patients who are experiencing pain caused by pinched nerves, slipped disks, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and more. "Augusta Health has the most advanced technological procedures available," says Dr. Pollard. Patients are usually treated with anti-inflammatory pain medications or steroids. Some people get relief after a steroid injection into the spinal canal. But if symptoms last for eight weeks or longer, surgical treatment may be an option.

Dr. Pollard encourages patients to see him if they're experiencing continued discomfort. "I'll be your treatment plan coordinator and your physician," Dr. Pollard promises.

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Augusta Health's Spinal & Cervical Surgical Services

  • Artificial disk replacement. In this procedure, a painful disk is completely removed and replaced with an artificial disk. By preserving motion in the spine, these implants protect the rest of the spine from degenerative arthritis.
  • Minimally invasive surgery. Many spinal conditions can be treated with minimally invasive surgical techniques such as microdiscectomy, spinal instrumentation and even bone fusion. Surgeons make small incisions, often less than one inch long, and use special instruments to perform procedures. The patient benefits from less pain and a shorter surgical recovery time.
  • Bone morphogenic protein. In some cases of spinal fusion surgery, a newly available, genetically derived bone growth factor can be used to help fuse the spine instead of harvesting bone from the patient’s pelvis, a sometimes painful procedure.
  • X-Stop. An interspinous spacer such as the X-Stop is a small implant that fits between two bones in your spine at the level of pinched nerves to relieve spinal stenosis pain.