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Joan's Story

There’s a lot of apprehension about spine surgery, back surgery. You hear a lot of horror stories. People need to know that there are wonderful doctors out there and Dr. Ropper is at the top of the list as far as I’m concerned. - Joan B.

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I had been experiencing pain in my lower back for about a year prior to my surgery. It started out as an irritant and then gradually progressed to the point where I couldn’t stand or walk for more than maybe 10 minutes without excruciating pain in my lower back.

So I contacted Dr. Ropper and after x-rays and an MRI, we saw that I had a dislocated disc as well as spinal stenosis and other arthritis-related issues. He was extremely responsive, listened very well to my concerns, and explained thoroughly what my options were to alleviate the pain. 

Spine Surgery at Baylor Medicine

I was supposed to have the surgery before COVID hit and because of COVID, it had to be postponed. The surgery itself went extremely well. I found Dr. Ropper’s team to be very supportive, very customer-oriented, they listened, they explained and were extremely professional. When I’ve had surgery in the past, I’ve had a lot of nausea and I’m very difficult to awaken. Following this surgery, I was in recovery and immediately awake and lucid. There was no nausea, there was no fuzziness. It was probably the best experience I’ve ever had.

The Baylor Medicine team worked like a finely oiled machine. You could just tell that they knew exactly what was expected and knew exactly what they were doing.

Results and Advice

I can stand up and walk with no pain. I’m able to walk and the most I've walked is two miles. Of course, that’s not all at one time but I can go shopping and do those kinds of things. I’ve just not experienced any pain since the surgery.

I did a lot of research prior to selecting Dr. Ropper. I checked on what patients had to say, I looked at the reviews and everything that came up about Dr. Ropper was very positive. I think he had one negative review and after reading that review, I recognized that he was not a patient that Dr. Ropper would’ve been able to help. You must be very cautious but when you have to have it, you want the best. Dr. Ropper was the best.