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“So how did you break your neck?” Just lucky, I guess. Actually at least twice, literally and figuratively. The literal break was a type-3 ontoid process fracture of the C-2 vertebra with 1mm displacement – kind of dicey at only 2 degrees of Kevin Bacon from the brain stem. Our out-state daughter,a neurologist who does interventional spinal procedures, has close relationships with some highly regarded local neurosurgeons. Unfortunately it’s difficult to start researching those on an emergency room table at 9 o’clock on a Saturday night. So the second (figurative) break was their finding Dr. Dennis, who I later learned is recognized for his advocacy of quality care for all, to sprint over on short notice. Knowing this was one of the two fractures that quadriplegicized the actor Christopher Reeve, with whom I had worked, my third break was Dr. Dennis’ MRI-assisted diagnosis of no spinal cord damage, no paralysis so far, and therefore no surgery required. Prognosis for full recovery, as long as I continued for 3 months to sport this stylish-yet-formidable, semi-immobilizing, halo brace haberdashery he installed Sunday morning and reassuringly returned to check up on after midnight. So far, so good; “liftoff” is tentatively scheduled in only 2 more weeks. Care, support and advice throughout has been such that this entirely bearable experience required only 2 hydrocodone and 3 Ibuprofen throughout. Oh, the 3rd fortuitous break? Only after physical therapists Dr. D. set us up with began inquiring, “So have you always walked like that?” did I discover this previously undiagnosed locomotive imbalance issue was undoubtedly the common factor in the myriad falls, rib and nose fractures, sprains and contusions, Iong suffered on a regular basis. It took 70 years and a broken neck, but with the P.T. now continuing I may not have to look forward to more “interesting” tumbles. In Louisiana, that’s called a lagniappe.
Dr Dennis has been wonderful! I have not seen a doctor who is so committed in years! He has given me my life back. His office staff is wonderful and Stephanie you rock! Deserves 10 stars.
Dr.Turner is truly a compassionate, skilled surgeon. We are so blessed that Baylor Heart called him in for consult. You could not find a better surgeon.
From the moment I walked into the Frisco office I felt that I was in the hands of a terrific staff. Dr. Masel and his staff were professional, enthusiastic and caring. They communicated well and follow-up was flawless. The result was a very successful experience and procedure ending many years of severe back pain and sleepless nights, all within a few weeks. Thank you Dr. Masel, Jessica and Stephanie for substantially improving the quality of my life.
I have not come across with any medical professional who made one feel like a person and not just another patient. Dr. Paul Salinas is a very humble yet serious physician. My family and I will always respect and hold a place in our hearts for Dr. Paul Salinas and Christy Kobald. Thank you!