New Cervical Procedure Helps
Charlotte Obstetrician Make His Rounds
(On And Off The Golf Course)
Originally published Winter 1999

John Allbert, M.D. enjoying the links in Scotland, 2 1/2 weeks after microendoscopic discectomy surgery.

Obstetrician John Allbert, M.D., had tried conservative therapies, but none were able to relieve the pain in his neck and left arm, or the numbness in his wrist and thumb. The herniated disc in his neck was beginning to affect every part of his life, from his work to his upcoming vacation plans.

“I had scheduled a big golfing trip to Scotland,” said Dr. Allbert, “but the pain and numbness in my left arm and wrist kept me from even gripping a golf club.”

Dr. Allbert had planned to undergo traditional microsurgery to correct his cervical condition, when he learned that he was a candidate for a new microendoscopic procedure developed by Dr. Tim Adamson (See related article). This innovative treatment for cervical disease uses modified technology which was originally designed for surgery on the lumbar area, and is performed in Charlotte on an outpatient basis.

What intrigued Dr. Allbert most about the procedure was the quick recovery time - seven to ten days - compared to traditional neck surgery, which requires a hospital stay of two to four days, and six to eight weeks of recovery. With his condition as intense as ever, Dr. Allbert opted for microendoscopic discectomy surgery.

Dr. Allbert underwent surgery on a Friday. That weekend, he drove for five hours to the coast for an anniversary celebration with his wife, and was back at work the following Tuesday. Only two and a half weeks after the surgery, Dr. Allbert took his trip to Scotland where he played 13 rounds of golf in nine days.

“I felt immediate relief the day of the surgery,” said Dr. Allbert, “There was only a little numbness in my thumb that was completely gone after only four weeks.”

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