Dr. Travis Goes under the Knife for Back Pain

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After years of pain and discomfort, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork could no longer ignore his back problems and decided to do something about it.

The problems first started with spasms but then eventually progressed to the point where his arm became numb. He tried a slew of different treatments in hopes of relieving the pain including massage, acupuncture, chiropractic massage and rehab exercises three times a week. When it got so bad that sitting and flying on a plane was not possible, he thought, "Something is not right."

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He reached out to frequent Doctors guest orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, who suggested Dr. Travis undergo an MRI. An impingement on a nerve root in his spine was found during the exam. Dr. Melamed explains that his issues could be treated with a micro-surgery.

Dr. Travis says his pain in the last 3 months intensified to the point where simply sitting to host the show became too hard. "This season when we started taping, I just couldn't do it anymore... the pain would go down through my back and then weakness and numbness in the arm," he shares. Dr. Travis reveals he did not want to have surgery, but realized, "I'm 45 and I don't want to live like this anymore. So when I made that decision, there was no turning back."

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He was comforted knowing the surgery was the least invasive option possible along with the fact that Dr. Melamed literally wrote the chapter in the book on how to perform the surgery Dr. Travis was having.

Dr. Travis is only a week out from surgery but says he's already feeling amazing results, like being able to sleep without pain. "I'm so full of hope again," he says.  

For a detailed look at Dr. Travis' surgery performed by Dr. Melamed watch the video below.  

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