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June 1, 2024 9 mins
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You're listening to American Medicine Today,presented by the Benati Spine Institute, featuring
internationally acclaimed inventor of the Benati spineprocedures, Alfred Benatti, MD. Once
again, your host Kimberly Burmel Benatiand co host Ethan Yuger. Welcome to
American Medicine Today. I'm Kimberly Benatialongside Ethan Yucker and world renowned orthopedic surgeon

doctor Alfred Benati. So we're wellinto our tenth year programming and we talk
to patients each and every week thatare being told that nothing can be done
or they have to undergo hardware fusionsurgeries. Well that's not the case with
the exclusive and patented Banati spine procedures. Is one thing for me to talk
about it, but it's another oneyou hear directly from the patient themselves.

Is my pleasure to introduce to theprogram. Mark Niberg from Cumberland, Rhode
Island, Welcome to the show.Hello, Well, thank you for joining
us. So when did you startnoticing pain? Roughly twenty years ago.
I was doing a lot of hotair ballooning. There was a crew member

and it required heavy lifting. Igot to the point where I walked bent
over and I just had so muchpain. I tried chiropractors, I tried
acupuncture, pain meds, and nothingworked. When you say hunched over,

what type of activities then were impactingyour ability in the morning If you're hunched
over, were you having trouble gettingout of bed? Were you having trouble
walking? Can you describe for anyonethat might be feeling what you felt?
Yeah, I was constant pain andwalking. I was a land surveyor,

so I did a lot of walking, and I was walking crooked. I
couldn't straighten up. And what aboutjust your daily activities at home? How
were those affected? It was verypainful. I couldn't do my normal yard
work or anything else. I justcame home from work and basically put ice

on and laid down. What aboutsomething as simple as maybe trying to put
on socks or shoes. Did youhave trouble with that? Oh? Yeah,
I had a little like a ropething that I would attach to my
socks so I couldn't bend over.I would just get the rope and put
my socks on right. And thoseare things that people just take for granted,

because they should be just routine waysto get your morning started. Now,
when you were talking about being aland surveyor and doing a lot of
walking, did you ever feel likemaybe your legs would give out or have
any sort of drop foot? No, it was mostly lower back pain,

okay. And was it just localizedto that area or did it rate anywhere
else in your body? It radiateddown my legs all the way to the
foot, to the knee, tothe knee okay. And you suffered like
that, you said for about tenyears? Is that correct? Or twenty
years? Rather? Well, itwas twenty years ago. I probably suffered

about at least ten okay. Andwhat did you do at that point?
You said you tried chiropractic, butthat didn't really give you the relief you
needed. So what was next onyour list to try? I had some
injections corta zone. I tried acupuncture, all right, and anything provide relief

for you? No? And sowhen you keep trying these conservative type treatments
to no avail, what do youdo do you finally seek out a doctor?
Well, what happened. I wentto a bunch of specialists and basically
they wanted to fuse me or putrods in or whatever. It was scary

what they wanted to do. Sure, did they say, why that was
your only option to be fused andthere were no other methods out there that
could help you. That was it? That was my only choice. And
I happened to be in a balloonwith this pilot that was in a lot
of pain, back pain, okay, And he said, I found this

place in Florida, Banadi Institute,and I'm going to go down there and
I'll let you know how I madeout. So about a month later I
ran into him again. We wereagain in a hot air balloon and he
was like raving, he was dancing, and he says, this is unbelievable.

It was instant relief. So atthat point you knew it was something
you needed to try. Oh yeah, And were you on edge it all?
Because even though you saw your hotair balloon pilot friend of yours have
relief with Benati and their procedures,did you fill on edge because it was
still spine surgery. Oh yeah,up here, one out of ten are

successful, one out of ten aresuccessful, and you're talking about what fusions.
Yeah, all I know is Iwas at the verge where I had
to say something. I bet andthis sounded like it would work, So
I sent an MRI to Benati.They looked at it and told me over

the phone that they could help,and within a week I was down there.
Let me stop you for a second. So all the doctors around your
area and Rhode Island, we're tellingyou fusion was the only option. Friend
of yours had surgery was successful,dancing and waving and telling you you got
to try it out. You cometo the Benati Spine Institute. Thankfully you

didn't go the path of fusion surgery. As we talk about this all the
time, I'm a one level fusionfoul sixty percent of the time, two
to three level fusions fail eighty fivepercent of the time, and that smidgen
that they're claiming to be successful fellwithin two years. So it seems like
you made the correct choice. Nowyou make your way all the way down
to the Benati Spine Institute, fourminutes north of Tampa Bay, Florida,

and you walk in and you haveyour face to face discussion with the surgeon.
Can you tell us what that waslike and did you feel like they
knew where your pain was stemming fromThey did some extensive testing with nerves,
and they took X rays and anMRI, and he put the MRI right

on the wall and he pointed.He says, this is your problem,
here, here, and here,and he says I can fix you.
He basically explained the procedure. Iwas awake the whole time. I would
feel little pressure but no pain.Did you understand the benefits of the conscious

ybusidation versus being put completely under generalanesthesia? I wasn't sure. I was
skeptical, right, and then youwent through it, and then what were
your thoughts? I was laying downon my stomach. They gave me a
local anesthetic and they actually drilled throughmy spine and I guess they have like

a laser or a dremal where theytrim the bone around the spine, not
actually in it, but yes,right right in it. And I had
originally I had a couple of bulgingdiscs, okay, so they were able
to trim whatever was a bulging Sosure, and the first operation, I

got up off the bed and itwas instant relief. It was like,
Wow, did you think that wouldbe the case? No? No,
And because you were awake. Youwere able when they were gently pressing on
the nerve to locate the source ofthe pain and then they were able to

eliminate it for you. Now,what was recovery like? I had to
sit for about half an hour orso, and then my wife picked me
up. We went to this localhotel which all had a deal with Bonati,
and I was told that I hadto walk around the parking lot,

yes, a total of like amile that night, and I did.
I had these socks on up tomy knees. I forget what they called,
right, the compression stockings? Ye. Pressure. Yeah. Now I
have to ask, I know you'retalking about walking there. Were you walking

hunched over or were you walking straightup? I was straight up? And
what was that realization like for you? I was like, wow, I
still had some pain from other spots, but that was the major that they
got that day. All right,go ahead, it's a change of life,

I bet, from being hunched overto standing up straight and basically getting
your life back with no more pain. Thank you so much for being on
the program and sharing your story ofrecovery with us. Mark Niberg from Cumberland,
Rhode Island continued good health and healing. Thank you, take great care.
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