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Nancy Anton (center) with her son Kevin and Dr. Neubardt
Nancy Anton (center) with her son Kevin and Dr. Neubardt.

Nancy Anton’s Story

“Drs. Stern and Neubardt took the time to educate me about the procedure.”

Diagnosis: Chronic Low Back Pain from Degenerative Disc Disease, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis and Herniated Disc
Treatment: Minimally Invasive Lumbar
Interbody Fusion

Nancy Anton was determined to attend her son Kevin’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah. After living with mild scoliosis, Nancy eventually developed symptoms that became increasingly painful over a period of five years. “The pain was more frequent and intense and it took weeks for it to subside so I could function normally,” she says. “I couldn’t sleep. I tried physical therapy and epidural pain management. It wasn’t taking care of the problem.”

Nancy and her husband met with Drs. Stern and Neubardt. “I was so nervous beforehand,” Nancy remembers. “But they both assured me that I was in good hands. Their upbeat attitude put me at ease.” Nancy’s primary concern was undergoing anesthesia as she had had a bad experience with it in the past. “Drs. Neubardt and Stern took the time to educate me about the procedure and their willingness to discuss these details with me gave me a lot of confidence.”

Nancy stayed one night after her lumbar fusion surgery at White Plains Hospital, where she found the nursing staff attentive and kind. She was walking on the day of the spinal surgery, and began a physical therapy program when she returned home. She was on pain medication for a few weeks to treat the soreness of surgery, and says it was nothing compared to the back pain she endured before surgery.

And four weeks after her lumbar fusion surgery, Nancy danced at her son’s Bar Mitzvah!

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