Elisabeth describes how she felt before her spinal fusion procedure.
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So leading up to the surgery, I wasn’t too concerned about the procedure because I was so confident and Dr. Ray said, “I had done all the research and talk to a patient.” However, my husband was concerned and I think he was most concerned about after the surgery, the fear of the unknown, what I would be able to do afterward, what I would be able to do and how he would need to help me. But because Dr. Ray is so amazing, he really was able to calm his fears and it went very smoothly. I went in on a Monday morning at 8 AM and it was out of surgery by, I think 11:00. I was up walking the next day for physical therapy and I left the hospital the next afternoon. Dr. Ray said it was so amazing. He was in the surgery the day but I was just charged from the hospital. Then staff tried to contact him all day because I really wanted to go home. I was ready to go home and he ended up calling me at the hospital later on, talking to me and deciding that I could go home. And it was just so amazing how personal he was. He makes sure that I was okay with going home, that I was stable. And he sent me home. And it was right before Christmas time that I had my surgery and he ended up calling me. I think it was Christmas Eve to make sure that I was doing well, my pain was under control that everything was going well. He’s just so personal and it didn’t matter that it was Christmas Eve and then he was home with his family. When I get that call from Dr. Ray on Christmas Eve, it really made me feel that he remembered me, that I wasn’t just another patient. He made me feel like he was concerned about my condition. He was concerned about by recovery. He was concerned about my pain control and it really gave me just a sense of calm to know that he was concerned.