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After Spine Surgery at Danbury Hospital Realtor Kevin McCaffrey Articulates Feeling “Nothing Less Than Euphoria”

Friday, May 10, 2013 - Danbury, CT

David Bomback, M.D.

David A. Bomback, M.D.
Medical Director, Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Unit
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Kevin McCaffrey is the kind of person who throws himself into everything he does. A successful realtor, he is also an avid golfer, works out daily, and takes an active role in several community organizations. Therefore, when he felt a sharp stabbing pain while tying his sneakers one morning in early September 2012, he wasted no time in doing something about it. "When I called my primary care physician, my pain was hovering at 9 out of a possible 10. He referred me to an orthopedic specialist in my network, who gave me a pain shot and some muscle relaxant, but that didn't help at all. I went back again in a couple of weeks, had an MRI. The report came back, showing that I had a slipped disk and that a bone fragment was pressing against a nerve. Now, spine surgery was being suggested as my best chance of relief. That was scary, but I was at the point that I couldn't walk on my right leg anymore."

McCaffrey was referred to Spine Surgeon David Bomback, M.D., Medical Director of the Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Unit at Danbury Hospital, which recently earned the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for disease-specific certification in hip, knee and spinal surgery. "After looking at my MRI, Dr. Bomback moved up my initial appointment, and told me to bring my wife along. From the moment we arrived, I knew I was safe. Dr. Bomback was very personal and I could tell from his manner that he already knew something about me. He took plenty of time to tell us what was going on with my spine, pulling out a model to show me the trouble spot."

McCaffrey recalls the rest of the conversation very well. "Dr. Bomback explained three treatment options with great clarity: Wait and see, hoping the bone fragment shifts, undergo micro-disc surgery or have conventional back surgery."

"I knew right away that micro-disc surgery by this surgeon was exactly what I wanted, and as soon as humanly possible. The way he talked to us, the collegial manner he had with his staff, the way he touched me during his examination, all gave me total confidence that he would make me better. Within eight days, the stage was set and I was scheduled into the surgical suite."

"Everything went perfectly. Using special minimally invasive tools, Dr. Bomback found and removed not one but two bone fragments before closing the pinhole incision. Within a couple of hours, I was up and walking with absolutely no sensation of pain. My discharge instructions were to start walking a mile several days a week, to increase that to two miles, and to go back to playing golf in 6-7 weeks. He even called me at home that evening just to be sure that I was doing all right."

"My response at the time was nothing short of euphoria, but in the months since, I have also come to realize that I have a role to play as messenger. I can preach the message of 'go local' to all those others who don't know what kinds of wonderful interventions are out there for them in their own community, and more specifically, at Danbury Hospital."

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