I thought that some here might find this interesting. These are X-Rays of my mother's back. You can see the cage used to replace the support provided by several vertebrae which to a large extent have been cut away. Also seen is the electrical stimulator implant that helps to block the pain. The electrodes are not in place at this time. She has been in moderate to severe pain for two years, and what you see is result of the fifth or sixth surgery I think... this one involved three surgeries over three days. It was so serious that she had one of the nation's leading neurosurgeons, and the chief of staff of a world class department at a major research hospital, as her personal physicians. It became a case for the books. Presently we are hopeful that she is on the road to recovery - reduced levels of morphine with limited mobility. As you can imagine, at over seventy years of age, she has been through hell. Note also the artificial hip seen below the cage.
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