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Meet Pat, a nurse practitioner who suffered from back pain since she first started lifting patients in college. The pain in her lower lumbar got so bad, in fact, that in recent years it would take her 20 minutes just to get out of bed, an effort that caused her to scream out in pain.
To Pat and her husband, the situation seemed hopeless.
Until she met Dr. Isaac Moss, a spine surgeon and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UConn Musculoskeletal Institute. At the behest of her primary care doctor at UConn Health, Pat made an appointment with Dr. Moss, who immediately realized that with the revolutionary help of robotic surgery, he could give Pat a new lease on life.
“Robotic-guided surgery is something that really allows us to do relatively big operations through very small incisions and to do it very safely and very accurately,” says Dr. Moss.
Thanks to this small incision, the recovery time from robotic-guided spine surgery is much faster than traditional spine surgery.
“We want you to forget the fact that you ever had spine surgery and get back to your normal life,” says Dr. Moss.
And that’s exactly what Pat is doing. Fast forward a year later, and it’s like nothing ever happened to her. She’s moving around pain-free and planning the rest of her life alongside her husband.
“Doctor Moss has given me my life back,” says Pat. “Now, [my husband and I] have a future we can look forward to together, and that’s so exciting for both of us.”
UConn Health is Connecticut’s only public academic medical center, combining the power of world-class research and innovation to develop the medical advances and doctors of tomorrow to help patients like Pat lead healthy, happy and pain-free lives.