• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Walking easy after minimally invasive spine surgery

January 22, 2017

After a 37-year career at a petroleum company, Dan Hofferber was looking forward to retirement. But in 2014, Dan started having trouble with one of his legs. The muscle in his left thigh would tighten up, causing unbearable pain that made it hard to walk. “I was used to walking a mile or two, and I couldn’t do that anymore,” says Dan, who travels to Florida for spring training every year with his wife, Carol.” I couldn’t even walk from the parking lot to the baseball stadium.”

The pain prompted Dan to seek care in his hometown of Billings, Montana. After several months without relief, a family member urged him to go to Mayo Clinic. Dan took that advice, traveling to Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. There, he met neurologic surgeon Mohamad Bydon, M.D. Dan was immediately impressed. “I think Dr. Bydon is wonderful. He has a great sense of humor, and he’s so interested in what’s happening to you,” Dan says. “He makes you feel like you are the only patient he’s seeing that day.” Read the rest of Dan's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.