• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Minimally invasive back surgery puts fear and pain in the past

August 19, 2018

Michele Krause's fear of surgery prevented her from seeking a surgical remedy for her back pain for years. All of that began to change when she heard a Mayo Clinic surgeon explain a less-invasive procedure.

Michele Krause was scared. She needed spinal fusion surgery. But after witnessing the consequences a family member had suffered after going through the same surgery with disastrous results, Michele couldn't bring herself to move forward. So she lived with back pain and its debilitating effects for eight years.

Then came a breakthrough. Michele received a link to a Mayo Clinic Radio segment with neurosurgeon Mohamad Bydon, M.D., about a less-invasive type of spinal fusion offered at Mayo Clinic. After listening to the discussion, she began to believe there might be a surgical cure she could handle.

"As soon as I watched him and heard him, something clicked, and I said, 'I need to go see this guy. This is the guy for me,'" Michele says.

That was the start of Michele's path to a pain-free future. Read the rest of Michele's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.