This doctor says many of the quarter million spinal fusions done every year in this country should never have happened! Meet the first woman to have her fusion reversed and see how it changed her life.
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First Spinal Fusion Reversal in the U.S. Melissa Medalie: Bobbie Jo Ramirez would never have done this, or try this a month ago but now that she had spinal fusion reversal surgery, she can do more than she has in 10 years. Bobbie Jo Ramirez: I feel great. Melissa Medalie: A back injury led to the original fusion. Doctors weld two vertebrae together to stabilize the spine, electro stiff and in pain. Bobbie Jo Ramirez: It was excruciating, I mean just to try to rule your self out of bed and sit up right was just excruciating pain. Melissa Medalie: She had migraines three times a week and the pain permeated throughout her body forcing the softball fanatic to quit the game she loved. Bobbie Jo Ramirez: It started up the neck but I mean it radiates through your shoulders, to your arms, to your fingertips. Melissa Medalie: Orthopedic surgeon Kenneth Light says many spinal fusions shouldn’t be done. Kenneth Light: There is a common saying in the medical community and that is never have a spinal fusion. Melissa Medalie: He says the surgery severely limits motion and for some, the pain doesn’t go away. Doctor Light became the first in the U.S. to revere a fusion. He implants an artificial disc. Kenneth Light: In low and behold, we put the implant in, she woke up; she was fine. She felt fine enough to go home the next day and four weeks later, she is doing exceptionally well. Bobbie Jo Ramirez: I have not had a headache since I came out of surgery. Melissa Medalie: Critics are not sure if the implant will last and there is a chance of paralysis if it fails. But Bobbie Jo’s is reversing her fusion reversed her painful path. Bobby Joe Ramirez: I felt like I made a decision that is going to give me life again. Melissa Medalie: I'm Melissa Medalie reporting.

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