Complex spine patient struggled to have people believe her – until she came to the u of m neurosurgery department – university of minnesota escoliosis dorsal dextroconvexa

Have you ever been in constant pain and it’s getting to the point at which you can’t do the things you typically do? And no one believes that you have a problem? That’s how 64-year-old rosseau, MN, resident, allana anderson foss (pictured at right) felt about her neck pain. Until she found both belief — and relief — from U of M neurosurgeon, kristen jones, MD.

That trip to the hospital was followed by a series of visits to several different doctors. “they tried this and that, but nothing worked,” said alanna. “they finally referred me to a neurologist in grand forks, but the day before I was scheduled to go there, the nurse called and said they didn’t want to see me because the problem was too severe.”


“alanna came to us with severe neurologic impairment. Que es escoliosis dorsolumbar she was losing the use of her right hand and could barely walk,” jones explained. “we verified that she had severe spinal cord compression at the junction of her skull and spine. Her innate anatomy made her case quite complicated…I think that’s why she was bounced around a bit by the other physicians.

On january 2, 2018, the U of M team performed the surgery that would relieve the pressure on alanna’s spinal cord. Escoliosis dorsolumbar tratamiento jones placed screws in the first two bones of the spine to stop them from slipping back and forth, which originally caused the compression. “we removed the back half of the bone by drilling very carefully through it, being sure not to touch the spinal cord underneath,” explained jones. Alanna’s arteries were also uniquely configured, which made screw placement and visualization of the bone challenging.

After the seven-hour surgery, jones visited alanna to see how she was doing. “she came into the ICU with another surgeon and asked me to open my hand and I could,” exclaimed alanna. “then she asked me to raise my right arm and I raised both. Escoliosis dextroconvexa dr. Jones gave me a high five and said, ‘you beat the odds, girl.’ I just started crying. Escoliosis fotos it was a miracle.”

After spending a few days in the hospital, alanna began the work of recovering. “I was told that rehab might take as long as six months,” she said. “I worked hard and was done in a week.” alanna noted that during her recent six-month checkup, “dr. Jones said that I was much stronger, and my X-rays looked good. Escoliosis toracica I’ve been doing physical therapy and she told me to continue it.”

Jones was impressed with alanna’s progress. “one of the first things she did when she came back to see me was very kind,” jones said. “she wrote me a thank-you letter in her own handwriting. Escoliosis lumbar leve it was remarkable that she could already do that. She can also walk now without assistance. Sintomas de escoliosis lumbar looking at her, you would never know how disabled she’d been or what she’s been through. She’s worked hard to get this far.”

It’s not unusual for providers to be confronted with complicated cases such as alanna’s and not know what to do. “you don’t know what you don’t know,” said jones. “and you may not be sure how to get answers to your questions. That’s a good reason to refer a complex spine case on. We’re happy to provide an opinion and try to get patients the help they need.”