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Dr. Tollestrup removes Jackson's piriformis muscle and decompresses superior cluneal nerves

Dr. Tollestrup Helps Patient After Failed Back Surgery

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Lingering Pain After Back Surgery – What Does It Mean?

Robert Jackson’s story illustrates the problem of failed back surgery and why patients still have pain even after the surgical procedure. In Robert’s case, spine surgery did not help him at all. After the surgery he still had low back and sciatica pain. He agreed to let us share his story in hopes of reaching other patients like him.


As a result of a wakeboard accident, Robert Jackson had some nondisplaced vertebral body fractures at L2 and L3. After this injury, he had upper back pain at the site of the fractures as well as low back pain on both sides. Before the wakeboard accident, he was already dealing with right sciatica pain.  After he accident, this pain was much worse.

To understand Robert’s case, it is important to note that he had back pain in three places:

  1. Pain at the site of the injury in his upper back.
  2. Low back pain as a result pf the wakeboard accident.
  3. Right sciatica pain which predates the accident.

After about three months, the upper back pain went away because the fractures had completely healed. However, the severe lower back pain and right sciatica pain persisted. Eventually he underwent spine surgery with the assurance from the spine surgeon that it would relieve his low back and sciatica pain. Unfortunately for Robert, spine surgery did not relieve his low back or right sciatica pain.

Enter Dr. Tim Tollestrup whom he met in an unusual way. Dr. Tollestrup operated on Robert’s wife after she suffered a traumatic peripheral nerve injury.

Robert mentioned to Dr. Tollestrup that he had residual back pain after spine surgery. The pain was so bad that Robert was heavily dependent on pain medication to get through the day.

Upon physical examination Dr. Tollestrup diagnosed Robert with piriformis syndrome and superior cluneal nerve compression. Dr. Tollestrup surgically removed his piriformis muscle and decompressed his sciatica nerve. One week post op Jackson shared that his sciatica was pain gone.

Dr. Tollestrup performed a second surgery removing his superior cluneal nerves. Removing the superior cluneal nerves relieved the persistent low back pain.

Thanks to the surgeries by Dr. Tollestrup, Robert is now sleeping 6-7 hours straight at night (formerly he was unable to sleep more than 1-2 hours at a time) and wakes up feeling refreshed. He described his results so far as “life changing.”

Robert did not need spine surgery. After spine surgery he still had pain. But nerve surgery finally gave him relief.

Robert did not need spine surgery. After spine surgery he still had pain. But nerve surgery finally gave him relief.*

However an important distinction must be made about failed back surgery syndrome. Dr. Tollestrup cannot help all patients who have pain after spine surgery. If you have a traditional spine problem, you still need spine surgery.

However, in some instances, like Robert’s case, Dr. Tollestrup’s surgeries can provide relief for patients with pain after spine surgery. If you are unsure of which category you fall in, Dr. Tollestrup can examine you and offer his opinion.  His office can be reached at 702-666-0463.

*Disclaimer

We do not guarantee any specific results or outcomes for surgery, should our practice work on your behalf. Information on this website may be used as a reference for successes we’ve achieved for our patients, and not as an assurance or guarantee for similar results in all instances.

Nerve Decompression Surgery with Dr. Tollestrup can help eliminate migraine headaches.

Migraine Headaches Gone Thanks to Nerve Surgery with Dr. Tollestrup

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Nerve Surgery Resolves Migraine Headaches for Michael

Chronic or Migraine headaches are another area that Dr. Tim Tollestrup focuses on for peripheral Nerve Surgery. Injury or compression to nerves in the back of the neck/head or in the front of the face by the eyes are a common, and severely under-recognized cause of migraine headaches.

Michael Slate is a patient of Dr. Tollestrup who suffered from migraine headaches for most of his life. Then he met Dr. Tollestrup who performed two nerve decompression surgeries. Now he is pain free. He shares his story on hopes of reaching others like him.

Michael came to see Dr. Tollestrup with a history of chronic headaches.  There was no history of trauma or surgery to the neck or head prior to the onset of the headaches. His headaches always seem to start below the left ear and then extend up into the base of the skull progressing up over the left ear.  Over the last couple of years the headaches have become much worse and are now essentially constant. When the headache is at its worst, it can get up to a 10/10 in severity.

Michael has been worked up by neurology for this problem and is currently being treated in a pain management. Unfortunately none of the medical or procedural interventions tried have given him any significant relief. Michael also has a MRI of the cervical spine which did not show any narrowing.

Patient relieved of debilitating migraine headaches after peripheral nerve surgery with Dr. Tollestrup

Migraine Headaches gone after nerve decompression surgery with Dr. Tollestrup*

After Dr. Tollestrup examined him, he blocked the nerve with some local anesthetic and the headache immediately went away. It was the first time in several years that he had not had his usual 24/7 headache. Based on the block result, Michael underwent a surgical decompression of the nerve. This resulted in resolution of his constant headache.

Michael shared this quote with us to explain his life now.

“I have had migraines for about 40 years and have seen several doctors visited several pain clinics and each time I was given either medications shots or a combination of both. With one visit to Dr. Tollestrup I knew that I had found someone who could help me after two surgeries my headaches are gone it’s nights not to have to take pain medication all the time I want to thank Dr. Tollestrup for his professionalism and expertise and taking care of my migraines.”

Dr. Tollestrup explains how he treats migraine headaches in this post .

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic or migraine headaches Dr. Tollestrup can help. Call the office at 702-666-0463 to schedule an appointment.

*Disclaimer

We do not guarantee any specific results or outcomes for surgery, should our practice work on your behalf. Information on this website may be used as a reference for successes we’ve achieved for our patients, and not as an assurance or guarantee for similar results in all instances.

Dr. Tollestrup One Of Four Peripheral Surgeons in United States

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