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You're listening to American Medicine Today,presented by the Benadi Spine Institute, featuring
internationally acclaimed inventor of the Benati spineprocedures, Alfred Benati, MD. Once
again, your host Kimberly Burmel Benatiand co host Ethan Yuger, thank you
for listening to American Medicine Today.I'm Kimberly Benati alongside Ethan Yucker and world

renowned orthopedic surgeon, doctor Alfred Benati. So for nine years we've been talking
to patients each and every week,some with debilitating spine pain, being told
that nothing could be done, orconfused into hard refusion surgery where the results
just cause a chain reaction of neededsurgery, one right after another. It's
one thing for me to talk aboutit, but it's another when you hear

directly from the patient themselves. It'stoday's back to Life segment, a story
of recovery. We will talk toa patient of the Beannati Spine Institute who
went from living a life restricted bypain and discomfort, through their journey of
finding the Banati Spine Institute and nowliving pain for it. It is my
pleasure to introduce to the program.Michael's Czarro from Landa Lakes, Florida,

thank you for being on the show. You're welcome, glad to be here.
Yes, So why don't you tellus, Michael, how you came
to be in pain? Well,I started at as a firefighter paramedic in
spring Hill, and I was beforethey had hydraulics. I had to lift
a lot of stretchers in turn,and that lifting and twisting motion does damage
to the vertebrae, especially when Ialready had degenerate dis disease and not knowing

at a young age. So overthe years of doing that ten years straight
and many times a day, alsoworking for a couple of ambulance companies on
the side, I'm afraid it's takingits toll on the and on the bones
and the discs. So as Igot a little bit older into my mid
thirties, I had become an RNand I did critical care nursing. Twelve

hour shifts on your feet are grueling. And then it got to be where
I couldn't walk anymore. I couldn'tdo twelve hours, I could do maybe
eight, and then I have tosupport myself on something. Wow, I
finally had some MRIs and cat skinsdone and I was able to see the
damage and the size of the discs. I lost two inches in height before
I was aged sixty, and you'reallowed two inches by the time you're seventy,

which is relatively normal, so itwas early for me to have that
much degeneration. So I had openspine surgery done, and it was a
difficult situation because when you have openspine surgery like that, a lot of
the lymphatic vessels are cut, alot of the tendons and ligaments and muscles
are cut. They have to beput together. Lymphatics can't be repaired,

so the area is swollen for quitea while. I was laid up for
over a year. I actually haveto warn people against open surgery if at
all possible. It's not absolutely necessary, but some people only do it.
So the best thing to do isminimally invasive. In my eyes, I've
had it done four times in differentplaces, and each one of them was

no more than going to the dentists. As far as discomfort. Within two
days you're watching, three days you'reable to take a show. Recovery time
was very minimal, and not tomention when I walked in the door.
There's a concierge type of sorts namedPaul. He he had my name on

a stick or ready to give itto me. He knew I was coming.
He kind of makes sure that patientflow is good. The Anne Marie
behind the desk does a great jobin scheduling. And then I got to
see Elaine, who's a AARNP andshe has well read and I've ever seen
one. This is the level I'mtrained to, so I was quite impressed.

Not to mention Dr Brenoni himself,he spoke directly to me and went
over films with me and doctor Scott. They spent hours with me going over
films and showing me what everything wasand being medically trained myself. That was
appreciative because I knew what I wasgetting into. I was just going to
say that that shows a whole otherlevel of respect and comfort when you're in

the medical field for all those yearsand then you encounter people that are just
up to your standards, you know, and you can really respect the level
of carr you're getting a Benati,I agree, and then the reason for
that is I rubbed that walls withthe best that the best surgeons are the
best doctors. I worked all intentsivecarry units, all critical carry units,
everything high tech, and I wasalways at the best of the best.

These people exceeded my expectations by far. Okay, I felt like I was
encompassed and I was the only onethere. I have to ask because when
you're in that evaluation room, onceyou come into the Benati Spine Institute,
you're being evaluated and during that timethey talk about their use of conscious IVY

sedation where they sedate you and you'rekind of in a twilight type anesthesia,
but you are interactive during the procedureso they can make sure that they pinpoint
the source of the pain. Whatwas that experience like for you? It
was? It was Actually the firstcouple of the procedures I had were to
take out the hardware from the fusionthat I had from the open surgery.

It causes, in my opinion,more damage than good to leave the hardware
in because that becomes a folk rumalmost to crush down on the vertebrae.
So we took that out. Initially, I went home and I was on
my feet all night and didn't reallyhave much recovery time at all. Maybe
a day and a half. Now, the second and third time I went

back, I had some frame anotomiesdone and things like that where they clean
out the space around the nerve that'sblocked because of arthritis. So they did
that, and they did a partialdisc GCT to me and a partial lambin
activity on one side. And thesewere the two other procedures I had done.
Now, during those procedures, whenthey go in and do nerve work

and they get a little bit deeper, they'll bring you up about after they've
cut into you and done all thatthing, all the things. Preliminarily,
they'll bring you up out of anesthesia. And when they touch it on a
nerve that's supposed to be heard,you tell them where the pain is and
it's almost like hitting a nerve ina tooth, but it's very brief,
and then before you know what,you tell them what the pain is.

And then they fixed the problem.So that happened two or three times,
and they said, where's a lowerleft leg and outside lower left leg and
then they know that they're on theright nerve. When they ask you to
try to recreate your pain and youcan't, what is that feeling like?
Oh, that's immediate. As soonas you're done, the pain's gone.

When I went in the next dayfor reevaluation after the surgery, they want
to look at the wound, andso I to say, how you're doing.
That's I can't believe I can standon my right leg without pain.
And that's the thing that made itso good for me, is because it's
immediate result, similar to do incataract surgery. Very next day people can
see. Well, the very nextday you can walk. I have to

ask. They have a screen therefor the patients to view if they want
to during surgery. Did you watch? I did watch, And now some
people don't have the stomach for thatbecause and you were looking through it toobe,
but the tube is blown up.They stretched the tube out a little
bit and the picture's blown up toalmost eight by ten size. So I

was looking downward at the text monitorand it was down by the anesthesious foot,
so I was able to look downand I thought, this is a
lot. I mean, the workit on my back. I don't even
feel it, but I'm watching it. It was really quite enjoyable to me.
Yes, I've been through it myself, so it is amazing. And
it almost takes you out of themoment. And I, at least for

me, it made me feel veryconfident and comfortable knowing that I could see
what was going on. I don'tknow if you felt the same way I
did. It gave me confidence aswell, because I can see. First
of all, I can see thehard work they go through. I'll watch
the suction go down the tube.I watched the little particles coming out,
and I talked to myself, youknow, how could they work through this
tiny little area and do such precisionwork the truly incredible surgeon. The line

of communication is always kept open betweena patient and the doctor. I even
had a cell phone number, personalcell phone number, which is odd for
any surgeon to give anyone. Absolutelyso it's you know, I was help.
I was blessed. Oh well,thank you so much for sharing your
story of recovery with us again,Michael Czzarro from Landa Lakes, Florida.

I'm glad you're on the road torecovery. Thank you so much for being
on the program. Thanks Michael,You're welcome. Take care very much,
have a good week. I makecare of yourself as well. Godboute you
too. It's got to be horribleto be in that immense pain with the
type of job that he was performing, which is rigorous work. Oh yeah,
it's next to impossible. Yeah,very physical work. And I can't

believe he had gone through a previousfusion OOF sixty five percent failure with one
level and up to eighty five percentfailure if you have two or more levels
done. Make sure you reach outto Banati. If you're contemplating any sort
of spinal surgery, and if you'vebeen told nothing can be done again,
check out Benati because more often thannot, we can fix you. Make

sure you stay tuned. We'll havemore after the break. You are listening
to American Medicine Today.
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