Jodi C. Had Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Dr. Robert Watkins IV

Spine surgery had changed my life in a number of ways. Dr. Watkins Jr., as soon as I came into the office, identified the problem and formulated a plan. I always felt like everyone at Marina Hospital was a member of Team Jodi. They all wanted me to get well.

Jodi C.

Before seeing Dr. Watkins Jr., I had tremendous pain in my lower back. It was not comfortable to move or walk. It was chronic — pretty much 24/7 — so just being in my body hurt. I decided to come to Dr. Robert Watkins IV to address my chronic spine pain, and I wanted to avoid surgery if possible. The plan initially was to start with physical therapy and epidural injections. But it eventually became apparent that surgery was going to be the best option to make me pain-free. Dr. Watkins performed an anterior lumbar interbody fusion. In this procedure, two discs are permanently joined together. Now I am able to exercise and go to the beach and play with my kids. I'm a functional member of society. Spine surgery changed my life in a number of ways. Dr. Watkins Jr., as soon as I came into the office, identified the problem and formulated a plan. My case was pretty complicated, and I was very fortunate to have found him.

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