A very happy patient gets back in his “Dancing Shoes” thanks to Dr. Cheryl Hoffman and kyphoplasty.
“I picked up something that was too heavy for me and strained my back,” says 86- year-old Ira Gawant, who struggled to find a solution for the compression fracture in his L4 vertebra. “I’m an actor but I haven’t been able to work for a year because of my back pain. It was recommended that I go to Dr. Hoffman for a kyphoplasty (the surgical filling of an injured or collapsed vertebra). Dr. Hoffman uses a minimally invasive procedure to put the cement in, and it worked! Another doctor wanted to put me on meds that would mean I had to use a walker, but here I am dancing. Dr. Hoffman saved my life. Whenever I go back to see her, I give her a hug.”
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