Jack first contacted Global Patient Network in December of 2005. He had been seeing American orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and neurologists for 20 years. He had increasing pain, numbness, and substantial strength loss in his legs, all of which he was told was already permanent and could not be relieved. He had been avoiding surgery for 20 years, but the reason he was seeking to learn about surgical options now is because the strength loss in his legs had become so substantial that he always needed a cane to walk and sometimes needed a walker.
was fearing losing the ability to walk, and wanted to learn about his
options. Jack's lumbar spine was so severely degenerated that he was
not a candidate for disc replacement surgery. He also had some
cervical issues that were minor compared to his
lumbar issues. His case was presented to Dr. Zeegers at the Alpha Klinik,
who recommended a posterior decompression surgery that may relieve
some of the neuro-deficits and pain in his legs. If he tolerated the
surgery well, he would be considered for a cervical disc replacement
in order to resolve the much less serious issues in his arms and hands.
Jack went to the Alpha Klinik in May, and before he had his surgery
he was sent across the street to Dr. Baumbach. It was then that Dr.
Baumbach made a diagnosis that had never been suggested in the years
of going to neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic surgeons, who
told him that the strength loss in his legs was already permanent.
Amazingly, Dr. Baumbach suggested that the strength loss in his legs
was connected to the problems in his cervical spine.
had a lumbar decompression surgery and as Dr. Baumbach suggested. The
pain and numbness in his legs was relieved but the strength loss in
his legs remained unchanged; he could still not pick his feet up off
the floor. One week after his lumbar surgery, Jack underwent cervical
disc replacement and the results are nothing short of a miracle. Click
the link to see the video of Jack one week after his cervical disc replacement
surgery, and keep in mind that this man could not pick up his feet before
MPG video (5.36 MB)
QuickTime video (7.43 MB)
the videos linked above were shot in a non-standard format AND the videographer
rotated the camera. The quicktime video is not rotated, but we were unable
to keep the sound.