Featured Patient Martha W

Featured Patient:
Martha W.
They are very good and they are so thorough. They were always able to answer any questions I had. They were just fantastic.

Before the fall that broke Martha's back, she lived an active life full of gardening and working with her husband at their bait and tackle shop in Cawker City, KS. However, 14 years ago, Martha’s life changed drastically when she fell more than 10 feet while removing rafters off a building. Her injury inhibited her from doing the things she loved, and forced them to close their bait and tackle shop.


"I had a lot of nerve damage," Martha said. "When I first had the fall, they said they couldn’t fix it."


It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that the pain became unbearable for Martha.


Seeking some relief, she was receiving epidural shots in her back for three months and subsequently had a spinal cord stimulator placed for pain control, but she continued to have severe discomfort and difficulty walking. That is when her primary care physician referred her to Dr. Mellion.


In March of 2014, Dr. Mellion and his team performed a lumbar laminectomy on Martha to remove a bone spur and decompress her spinal sac and nerves. The procedure greatly reduced the pain caused by pressure on the spinal sac and nerves associated with her fall, Martha said.


Since her operation, Martha says she has also been able to get back to doing what she loves, being active. She continues to garden and work outside, and she and her husband were able to reopen their bait and tackle shop.

Featured Patient:
Martha W.
They are very good and they are so thorough. They were always able to answer any questions I had. They were just fantastic.”

Before the fall that broke Martha's back, she lived an active life full of gardening and working with her husband at their bait and tackle shop in Cawker City, KS. However, 14 years ago, Martha’s life changed drastically when she fell more than 10 feet while removing rafters off a building. Her injury inhibited her from doing the things she loved, and forced them to close their bait and tackle shop.

"I had a lot of nerve damage," Martha said. "When I first had the fall, they said they couldn’t fix it."

It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that the pain became unbearable for Martha.

Seeking some relief, she was receiving epidural shots in her back for three months and subsequently had a spinal cord stimulator placed for pain control, but she continued to have severe discomfort and difficulty walking. That is when her primary care physician referred her to Dr. Mellion.

In March of 2014, Dr. Mellion and his team performed a lumbar laminectomy on Martha to remove a bone spur and decompress her spinal sac and nerves. The procedure greatly reduced the pain caused by pressure on the spinal sac and nerves associated with her fall, Martha said.

Since her operation, Martha says she has also been able to get back to doing what she loves, being active. She continues to garden and work outside, and she and her husband were able to reopen their bait and tackle shop.