Last November, Brad B. had to learn how to walk again.
He had difficulties lifting his left foot, which made walking troublesome. In addition to this encumbrance, Brad was exhibiting some odd behaviors, like only closing the right side of cabinets. Brad shook off his wife’s concerns for a short time, but finally he knew he had to see a doctor.
One trip to the ER later and Brad learned he had had a stroke. He was referred to St. Vincent’s Spine and Brain Institute, where he met with Dr. Gabriel. The doctor asked if he had experienced any head trauma recently.
“A few months before, I was on a fishing trip. We were trying to launch the boat when I slipped on a ramp and landed on my head,” Brad recalls. “It hurt for a bit, but otherwise I didn’t notice anything unusual.”
As it turns out, the damage Brad sustained from his fall was more serious than that. The force of the collision pulled Brad’s brain away from his skull, which led to bleeding outside the brain, not inside. A blood clot followed, which kept his brain from reassuming its usual position inside his skull.
Dr. Gabriel was able to drain the blood clotting inside Brad’s skull, relieving the pressure on Brad’s brain. He couldn’t be happier.
“Two days after my operation, I went home. A week later I was driving again,” Brad says. “The moment I was admitted, the entire process moved very quickly. It was a great experience.”
Brad wouldn’t expect anything less from the health system that’s been in his life for as long as he can remember. His parents were friends of St. Vincent’s; they’re the namesakes for Berg’s Bistro at St. Vincent’s Riverside. Brad even recalls having his tonsils removed at St. Vincent’s when he was a kid.
Having been officially cleared in February 2016, Brad remains thankful that St. Vincent’s was there to help him get back to a normal life.
For Tyrone M., it started with tightness in his lower back and a shooting pain down his left leg when sitting down for a meeting. Within a month, the pain in his back and leg was so frequent and so intense he couldn’t sleep through the night.
Tyrone tried a spinal epidural at a pain management clinic and an adjustment from a chiropractor, but neither relieved his pain. Finally, he was referred to Dr. Ashutosh Pradhan, a neurosurgeon at St. Vincent’s Spine and Brain Institute. The only thing that would bring Tyrone relief was surgery.
Back surgery is a scary prospect for anyone, but the warmth and compassion Dr. Pradhan extended to Tyrone made his fears disappear. Dr. Pradhan explained every aspect of the procedure Tyrone would undergo and listened to any question or concern Tyrone had. He was never just a routine patient to Dr. Pradhan; he was Tyrone, and he needed surgery to relieve his back pain.
Thanks to the advanced technology and the expertise of St. Vincent’s talented neurosurgeons, Tyrone no longer has to live with the most excruciating pain he’s ever felt. Now he’s back to leading an adventurous life free of pain.