Chuck's Story (Spinal Stenosis)
Chuck had already been dealing with pain and numbness from spinal stenosis when a disk in the lower part of his neck ruptured in December 2014, causing him to lose a great deal of feeling and function in his left fingers, hand and arm. For the better part of a month, he was unable to sit, stand or lay down for extended periods – hugely impacting his ability to rest or sleep.
After consulting with two highly referred physicians in his local Washington DC area, both of whom made immediate recommendations for multiple-level surgical fusions of the mid-upper level vertebrae, Chuck decided to seek a second opinion and scheduled a consultation with Dr. Andrea Douglas, Stamford Hospital’s Chief of Neurosurgery, during a business trip to New York.
“Even prior to meeting Dr. Douglas in person, she spent 40 minutes talking to me about my MRIs and X-Rays and prepared me for the upcoming visit,” recalled Chuck. “She was just so insightful and poised, and I was confident that I would have a much different experience with her.”