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Disconnecting Nerves During Nerve Surgery Relieves Pain After Three Failed Hip Revisions

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Successful Nerve Disconnection Surgery Has Margaret Back in the Swing

Margaret Botts shares her story of recovery after successful nerve surgery. Her hope is to educate others with similar problems so they too can enjoy relief.

Three Hip Revision Surgeries Yet No Relief

“My journey back to a healthy body and mind was a difficult one. I am so grateful to Dr. Tollestrup for saving my life or should I say my quality of life. Bear with me as my story is long!

Stating in 2014 my left hip replacement from 2000 was beginning to deteriorate. Initial discomfort was significant and it led to a first hip revision.  After that revision, Physical Therapy and weak bones resulted in so much damage that it required a second revision.

The pain continued to increase as did the need for opioids.  After the second revision, it was discovered that I was allergic to the Ni in the steel parts and severe allergic reactions were occurring around the hip causing even more pain.  I then had a third revision wherein all stainless steel was removed and only Titanium was used.  The pain continued.

Life Changing Pain Leads to Depression

I had little life outside of sitting and laying down. My number one hobby, golf, was impossible.  Travel and sightseeing, which have been a major part of our lives, also came to halt.  My very active husband with whom we had done everything together was on his own.  The pain, even, with strong opioids, was debilitating.

Mentally I reached the point where I failed to believe I would ever be well again.  I was depressed to the point of having to be put on antidepressants.  While helping they did not bring me back to the positive, happy person I had been all my life.

Seeking Answers, Finding None

My surgeon, who is a terrific orthopedic doctor, had no answers for the pain.  The use of a strong bone growth medication had done a great job in getting the bones strengthened so that the new appliances were stable.  However, the repeated trauma to the hip caused the pain to accelerate and continue.

I went to five doctors about the pain and they all suggested. “I might have to learn to live with it.”  The last doctor threw up his hands but said he had heard of a doctor that was successfully treating pain and I might want to try him, Dr. Tollestrup.

Surgical Solution Thanks to Dr. Tollestrup

I called Dr. Tollestrup for an appointment immediately. He diagnosed the problem at my first visit in less than 15 minutes.

I had nerve surgery where Dr. Tollestrup disconnected nerves followed. The first surgery eliminated all pain down the side of my leg.  After the second surgery, my pain was instantly gone and my life was back.  I am still in PT gaining the strength back that I lost over nearly 4 years of inactivity and medication.  Dr. Tollestrup saved my life.  I am back into golf (so far on the driving range) and have most of my mobility back—best of all I am pain AND opioid-free.

Pain relief is a specialty expertise that few doctors understand.  I tell people to get a diagnosis by Dr. Tollestrup if pain problem is without a clear cause and persists. What do you have to lose?

I can’t imagine where I would be today if I hadn’t contacted Dr. Tollestrup and experienced his magical diagnosis and fix.  He likely saved my life or at least the productive life I had had prior to the first revision surgery.”

Margaret B.

Margaret is enjoying her active lifestyle again after Dr. Tollestrup surgically disconnected nerves injured during three hip revision surgeries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you or someone you know has chronic pain, please fill out the form on the right or call our office at 702-666-0463.

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

Dr. Tollestrup Pioneers a Nerve Decompression Surgery to Relieve Lower Extremity Pain

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Dr. Tollestrup Uses Nerve Decompression Surgery He Pioneered to Help Sara

Sara had successful nerve decompression surgery with Dr. Tim Tollestrup and is sharing her story in hopes of helping others. 

Sara originally came to see Dr. Tollestrup with pain and weakness in her left hip, groin, and leg. She injured herself carrying her autistic nephew. When she fell, she felt a pain radiate through the entire left leg from the pelvis all the way down into the foot. Immediately, she was unable to bear weight on the left leg while feeling severe pain throughout the entire leg.

Over time, the pelvic pain became more localized to the left groin area. Also, the pain which would radiate down the leg with weight-bearing started to become more constant, even when she wasn’t weight-bearing on the leg.

First Diagnosis

Initially, Sara was diagnosed with a sprained back. Physical therapy failed to improve her symptoms and a subsequent MRI of the lumbar spine showed herniated disks at L4-L5 and L5-S1. An orthopedic evaluation with a hip injection did give her some relief of the groin pain but did not resolve the radiating pain down the leg.

Sara has been tested extensively for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hemochromatosis, and psoriatic arthritis, all of which have been negative. She has also tried a variety of pain medications, none of which have worked.

Numbness and Weakness

At the time she came to see Dr. Tollestup, Sara had pain in the left hip down into the inner thigh, knee, lower leg and the arch of the left foot. She frequently experiences numbness in the lower leg for long periods of time. Sometimes these periods of numbness last for more than two months.

When the numbness wears off, she experiences a deep burning sensation in the same area. Sara notes some motor weakness in the left leg, particularly when trying to walk downstairs. The pain in the left leg is constant and interferes with her ability to sleep. Overall her symptoms have become progressively worse since the time of the original injury.

Relief Through Nerve Decompression

When operating on Sara, Dr. Tollestrup surgically decompressed the left femoral nerve using an operation that he invented. During this surgery he splits the inguinal (groin) ligament, allowing the entire abdominal wall to be raised up. This then gives access to the femoral nerve from deep in the pelvis all the way out onto the upper thigh, ensuring that the nerve is completely and safely decompressed.

At the same time, he also decompressed the saphenous nerve in the adductor canal which is in the mid-thigh area. These were outpatient procedures and she was able to walk right away.

By the time she came back for her one-week post-op visit her original pain in the left leg was gone.

Here is what Sara had to say after surgery.

“Dr. Tollestrup changed my life. I am finally pain-free. I walked out of the surgery center and into my new life.”

If you or someone you love has chronic pain, fill out a form on the right or call the office to set up an evaluation by Dr. Tollestrup 702-666-0463.

Denervation Surgery Helps Knee Pain After Knee Arthoplasty

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Knee Pain After Knee Arthroplasty

Larry had a total knee arthroplasty but after the surgery, he still had constant knee pain. He had decreased range of motion and aching pain in his shin. He couldn’t bear weight or twist without pain in the knee pain.  As a result of the knee pain, he has developed a limp that is causing problems with his hip and low back.

He asked his orthopedic surgeon for help with the knee pain but the surgeon didn’t have an answer for Larry. He believed the pain was just scar tissue and referred Larry to pain management medication.

Second Opinion from Dr. Tollestrup

Larry sought another opinion from Dr. Tollestrup, a peripheral nerve surgeon.

Dr. Tollestrup understands that an orthopedic surgery such as a total knee arthroplasty is rough by nature and can cause nerve damage.

Surgery on the knee joint, whether it is an arthroscopic meniscus repair or a total knee arthroplasty carries with it a small but significant risk of damage to one or more nerves. The trauma to the soft tissue envelope surrounding the knee joint causes swelling, inflammation and scarring that can entrap nerves causing severe pain with motion of the joint.

Patients like Larry who end up in this situation undergo multiple additional orthopedic knee surgeries before finally being consigned to the pain management realm. Once the pain generator is a damaged sensory nerve, it doesn’t matter how many additional orthopedic surgeries the patient has, the pain will not get better and frequently can be made worse.

Dr. Tollestrup examined Larry, listened to history and then ordered a diagnostic block that completely took away Larry’s knee pain. This proved Dr. Tollestrup’s hypothesis that the pain was due to damaged nerves, not some type of residual orthopedic issue.

Disconnecting Damaged Nerves

A detailed understanding of the nerve anatomy around joints provides the option of joint denervation procedure. In this surgery, Dr. Tollestrup locates the damaged nerves, disconnects them and buries them upstream from the area of injury. These nerves can then be handled in specific ways to prevent additional inappropriate stimulation and the formation of painful neuromas. This serves to shut off the pain signal to the patient’s brain and eliminate the sensation of pain in the knee area.

Larry underwent a denervation surgery by Dr. Tollestrup, relieving his chronic knee pain.

A few weeks after surgery, Larry told Dr. Tollestrup his knee pain is 90% gone. He is even playing golf again!

If you or someone you love has knee pain after a knee arthroplasty Dr. Tollestrup can help with peripheral nerve surgery. Fill out the form on this page or call the office at 702-666-0463.

Surgical Nerve Decompressions Relieve Peripheral Neuropathy Pain

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Peripheral Neuropathy Pain

James came to see Dr. Tim Tollestrup with debilitating peripheral neuropathy pain symptoms in his legs and feet. The pain started about ten years ago.

James symptoms were typical of peripheral neuropathy patients. He had a prickling tingling sensation in his feet with a severe burning numbness pain on the bottom of his feet. Walking was very painful. The pain would frequently wake him up at night resulting in chronic fatigue.

The pain was so intense that he dreaded getting out of bed. He was depressed by the thought of dealing with this pain the rest of his life

Seeking Help

James went to see many other physicians in his quest to get relief. They were all quick to prescribe pain medication. But James didn’t want to give up the hope of finding a permanent, non-pharmaceutical solution.

He finally found Dr. Tollestrup who understood the peripheral neuropathy pain was due to nerve compression in the legs and feet. Unlike many people in the medical community, Dr. Tollestrup does not believe that peripheral neuropathy is a chronic, incurable condition.

After speaking with James to get a complete history and performing a physical examination, Dr. Tollestrup developed a plan to perform a series of surgical decompressions in James’ legs.

Surgical Success

After each surgery, James felt immediate relief. He is back to doing the things he loves – playing basketball, working in his yard and enjoying an active lifestyle.

“What you did for me is a rejuvenation. I cannot thank you enough Dr. Tollestrup.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from peripheral neuropathy Dr. Tollestrup can help. Please fill out the form on the right side of this page or call the office at 702-666-0463.

Watch the video version of James’ journey to overcome Peripheral Neuropathy.

James was in so much pain from Peripheral Neuropathy that on some days he couldn’t get out of bed. Then he met Dr. Tim Tollestrup who performed a series of peripheral nerve surgeries.

 

Decompressing the Brachial Plexus to Relieve Pain of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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Debilitating Pain from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Ladonna came to see Dr. Tollestrup for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and evaluation of pain, paresthesias, and motor weakness involving the right shoulder girdle and upper extremity.

A few years ago, Ladonna had a traumatic dislocation of the right shoulder. This was followed by four more spontaneous dislocation events within a period of several months. She underwent an arthroscopic procedure to try and prevent these repeat spontaneous dislocations.

After surgery, she experienced progressive worsening of symptoms. The first thing she noticed was severe pain in the posterior deltoid area. Steroid injections helped this for a couple of months each time however her symptoms continued to widen. She started to develop severe pain along the medial border of the right scapula. Radiating from the neck to the scapular angle. She went on to develop pain centered around the elbow, both medial and lateral, pain radiating throughout the dorsal forearm from elbow to wrist and into the dorsum of the hand, and volar wrist pain with radiation of the pain in the palm of the hand and paresthesias involving the entire hand.

Forced Life Change from Constant Pain

Eventually, the symptoms became severe enough that she was forced to retire from her job as a physical therapist as the vigorous use of the right upper extremity caused the symptoms to become excruciatingly painful. Ladonna that a year off work and then decided to go back to school to learn to cut hair. She now works as a hairstylist. She states that recently she tried to also go to massage therapy school. One week into her clinical work, the pain became so severe in the right upper extremity that she had to drop out.

The symptoms in the right arm and hand wake her up multiple times at night. Often she will be in a sitting position which allows her to sleep for a more extended period of time but she still frequently wakes up nonetheless.

At her lowest point, LaDonna considered suicide since her pain was so unrelenting. Pain impacted her personal life because she never knew how she would feel from day to day so it was hard to plan anything with her significant other.

Upon comprehensive physical examination and careful evaluation of her clinical history, Dr. Tollestrup diagnosed LaDonna with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He surgically decompressed her Brachial Plexus which is located in the neck area. This was the source of her pain.

Second Chance after Surgery

After surgery LaDonna says she has all of her dexterity back in her fingers, she’s sleeping through the night and most importantly has no need for pain medication.

After her surgery, LaDonna said she was grateful to Dr. Tollestrup for saving her life.

Watch LaDonna’s story on video as she describes her pain and her journey back to health with the help of Dr. Tollestrup.

If you or someone you know has pain in their upper extremities with symptoms that can mimic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please contact Dr. Tollestrup’s office at 702-666-0463. He might be able to help. You can also fill out a form on the right side of this page.

LaDonna had surgery with Dr. Tollestrup to decompress her brachial plexus. Now she is pain free and has all of her dexterity back in her hands and fingers.

Low Back Pain Involving Superior Cluneal Nerve Compression

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Low Back Pain Not Coming from the Spine

Low back pain stemming from superior cluneal nerve entrapment is an underdiagnosed condition. Dr. Tollestrup has developed a surgical approach to help alleviate low back that does not emanate from the spine. He has many patients who have had success with this procedure. Marty is one of them. He is sharing his story in hopes of reaching others still struggling with chronic low back pain.

Marty’s First Nerve Surgery

Marty first came to see Dr. Tollestrup for groin pain after an inguinal hernia repair. Dr. Tollestrup eliminated the nerve pain by removing several damaged nerves in the right lower abdominal and groin area.

After nerve surgery, Marty continued to have some deep right groin pain due to severe arthritis in the right hip joint. After undergoing a right hip replacement, Marty’s right groin pain was finally completely gone.

New Low Back Pain

Unfortunately, during the time it took to resolve the orthopedic hip problem, Marty developed severe right-sided low back pain with radiation of the pain into the hip area. This pain became constant and debilitating. Lying on his back intensified the pain, making it impossible to sleep.

CT imaging of the spine did not show any reason for the low back pain and hip pain. With imaging clear, Marty tried pain management but was not able to get any relief.

Back to Dr. Tollestrup

Marty returned to see Dr. Tollestrup in hopes that he might be able to do something for his low back pain. After listening to Marty describe the location of the pain, Dr. Tollestrup suspected that Marty might be suffering from compression of the superior cluneal nerves.

The superior cluneal nerves are a cluster of nerves that branch off the main L1, L2, and L3 nerve roots and travel along the lumbar spine. These nerves pass through tight tunnels made up of fascia and bone and can become entrapped.

Entrapment of the superior cluneal nerves can cause severe low back pain which is usually off to the side slightly rather than in the middle, directly over the spine. There can also be a radiation of pain into the buttocks or hip. It is a common problem that is rarely diagnosed correctly. Many patients with this problem will undergo unnecessary spine surgery. Undergoing spine surgery when the low back pain is actually due to superior cluneal nerve entrapment will have no effect on the original pain at best, and at worst, can make the original low back pain become much worse.

Superior Cluneal Nerve Entrapment

Dr. Tollestrup sent Marty for a diagnostic block of the right superior cluneal nerves. Once the nerves were anesthetized Marty’s low back pain was instantly relieved. This let Dr. Tollestrup know that the real source of the low back pain was entrapment of the superior cluneal nerves and not some type of problem with the spine itself.

In this photo the green circle is around the superior cluneal nerves.

With this knowledge, Dr. Tollestrup was able to take Marty to the operating room and remove these small, unimportant sensory nerves to permanently relieve his low back pain.

Low Back Pain Gone

A week after surgery Marty is once again pain-free thanks to Dr. Tollestrup.

Superior cluneal nerve entrapment usually goes undiagnosed by orthopedic surgeons simply because they do not have comprehensive knowledge of the peripheral nervous system.

If you have unresolved low back pain, Dr. Tollestrup can help. Please fill out the form on the right or call the office at 702-666-0463.

 

Removing Piriformis Muscle Heals Sciatica Pain

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Dr. Tollestrup Doubles Up on Successful Surgeries To Heal Sciatica Pain

We recently shared this video story about Spencer Hawkins, a patient of Dr. Tollestrup’s who battled severe sciatica pain for years. Dr. Tollestrup was able to eliminate Spencer’s pain by surgically removing his piriformis muscle. Now Spencer is back playing the sports he loves.

Click Here to Watch Spencer Get Back in the Game

Ironically, Spencer’s softball buddy David Sherman was suffering from a very similar pain problem. The two researched online together and discovered they both had piriformis syndrome. David came to see Dr. Tollestrup first but opted to wait until Spencer had surgery. After seeing Spencer’s results, David decided to go for it too. This is his story.

Decade of Chronic Pain

David’s original problem was severe low back pain and bilateral sciatica pain. The sciatica pain in the left leg was much worse than the right leg. David suffered for more than ten years. He endured 11 epidural injections with varying degrees of relief.

Eventually, David decided to undergo spine surgery. His spine surgeon confidently told him that surgery would fix both his low back pain and his sciatica pain. He had a fusion of the lumbar spine from L4 to S1.

The results of the spine surgery were mixed. While the fusion fixed his low back pain, it did nothing for the severe sciatica pain in the left leg. The pain eventually got so bad that it limited David to walking no more than a couple of blocks at a time. This resulted in David having to give up tennis and softball, two sports that he loved to play.

David came to see Dr. Tollestrup after researching online. After an evaluation, Dr. Tollestrup diagnosed David with piriformis syndrome. A follow-up diagnostic injection of the left piriformis muscle resulted in two weeks of almost complete relief from his usual pain.

Bye Bye Piriformis Muscle

Based on his excellent response to the piriformis injection, David opted to undergo surgery with Dr. Tollestrup to remove the piriformis muscle pinching his sciatic nerve. A piriformis muscle is a spare part – like an appendix – that most people don’t need.

By the time David came back to see Dr. Tollestrup for his one-week postop appointment, his original sciatica pain was essentially completely gone.

Cautiously optimistic, David is back playing softball in two different leagues 3 to 4 times a week with his friend and fellow success story Spencer.

Here is what David had to say after his successful surgery.

“After suffering from sciatica pain for more than 10 years, one week after surgery to remove my piriformis muscle my pain is gone. I am now back to enjoying my life again.”

If you or someone you know has sciatica pain, the problem could be piriformis syndrome. Dr. Tollestrup can help. Fill out a form on the right or call 702-666-0463.

 

Sharon is back to long walks and sleeping through the night thanks to surgery from Dr. Tollestrup to remove her Piriformis Muscle.

Severe Nerve Compression Goes Undiagnosed for Ten Years

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Nerve Compression at Multiple Sites Causes Ten Years of Chronic Pain

Carrie is a patient of mine who needlessly suffered for ten years because no one could properly diagnose nerve compression as the source of her pain. I am sharing her story in hopes of reaching others who may be dealing with the same problem.

Spine Surgery

Carrie started her chronic pain journey more than a decade ago with severe sciatica pain in both legs. She underwent decompression of the spinal cord with a fusion of the L4-L5 vertebrae.

This surgery resolved her right leg pain but left her with numbness in both feet and shooting pain in her left leg radiating into the top of the left foot.

Through the years, Carrie tried dozens of therapeutic interventions. Sadly, one treatment she tried involved a charlatan chiropractor who charged her $5000 for powdered drink supplements and two small, ultimately useless machines. Neither of these offered her any relief.

Spinal Injections

Last year Carrie underwent multiple spinal injections by her pain management doctor. These spinal injections resolved most of the sciatica pain from the low back/buttock area down the posterior thigh to about the level of the knee.

However, again she was only able to achieve partial relief. The injections did not help any of the symptoms from the knee down. The more active she would be, the more pain she would experience in the lower leg and foot. She also started to have weakness in the left leg.

Correct Diagnosis

Carrie’s podiatrist referred her to me. Upon examination, I diagnosed her with serious nerve compression syndrome which involved entrapment of multiple nerves at various locations throughout the left leg. The problem started with a compression of the left sciatic nerve deep in the left buttock called piriformis syndrome. She also had a simultaneous compression of other nerves in the lower leg and top of the foot at three additional locations.

I performed surgery on Carrie, releasing the pressure on four different nerves at four different sites in the left pelvis and leg.

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

Dr. Tollestrup performs nerve decompression surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two months later Carrie has complete relief from the pain in her left leg! She continues to have some numbness and weakness on the top of her foot. With these types of nerve injuries, especially ones that have been present for many years, recovery can take a year.

For most patients, the thing that really affects their quality of life is the pain. They usually do very well dealing with numbness or weakness as these problems do not occupy the mind every waking moment and rob the patient of sleep at night.

If you have been unable to achieve relief from chronic pain, I might be able to help. Please fill out a form on the right or call my office at 702-666-0643.

Tim Tollestrup MD

Schwannoma Removed During Complex Peripheral Nerve Surgery

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Complex Peripheral Nerve Surgery Solves Chronic Pain Problem

Marilyn came to see Dr. Tollestrup for a complicated peripheral nerve pain problem. Dr. Tollestrup performed a tedious peripheral nerve surgery which fixed her issue permanently. This is her story,

For many years, Marilyn’s ankle was swollen. When she bumped her ankle, she would feel a painful electric shock sensation radiating down into her foot. A CT scan showed a tumor involving the right posterior tibial nerve.

The preliminary diagnosis was a schwannoma, a tumor found in peripheral nerves. Schwannomas are usually benign. But because they are located in peripheral nerves, schwannomas can cause significant nerve pain and weakness.

When a schwannoma grows inside a nerve, the rest of the nerve fibers end up plastered to the outside of the tumor kind of like spaghetti stuck to the outside of a balloon. This can make surgery to remove the tumor difficult.

With this diagnosis in mind, Dr. Tollestrup brought Marilyn to the operating room.

First, he decompressed nerves in the medial ankle area. Using an overhead operating microscope, he then carefully dissected the tumor out of Marilyn’s tibial nerve without injuring any of the other important nerve fibers.

The surgery was a complete success! Marilyn no longer has to endure the sharp, shooting pains in her ankle. Additionally, Dr. Tollestrup was also able to preserve normal sensation to the bottom of Marylin’s right foot.

Here is what Marilyn had to say about her experience. Take a listen here.

If you or someone you know has a peripheral nerve injury or pain of an undiagnosed peripheral nerve origin, Dr. Tollestrup may be able to help. Please fill out a form on the right or call the office at 702-666-0463.

Nerve Surgery Success After Six Failed Back Surgeries

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Failed Back Surgery Leads to Nerve Surgery Success

Thomas came to see Dr. Tollestrup after he endured failed back surgery six times. His chief complaint is pain and paresthesia involving the left lower extremity.

Pain and Numbness

Thomas’s pain starts in the left knee and radiates down into the lateral leg and over the dorsum of the foot. He also has pain in the calf muscle and the plantar surface of the foot. He states that he gets a lot of cramping in the toes and the arch of the foot.

Sitting makes the pain worse. When he sits, he also has pain in the left buttock and thigh.

He has a strange sensation that is kind of like a tingling from the knee down into the foot. He describes his pain as a “hard ache” most of the time with occasional intermittent painful electric shocks.

Thomas takes a sleeping aid otherwise he doesn’t sleep very well due to the pain. His wife says that he tries to sleep most of the day just to try to get away from the pain.

He has had a thorough workup with imaging of the spine from both his spine surgeon and his pain management physician. Neither of them can find any ongoing pathology at the spine level.

Sciatic Nerve Compression

On physical examination, Thomas shows evidence of compression of the large sciatic nerve at the level of the piriformis muscle in the deep buttock. This is called piriformis syndrome.

He also has compression of the common peroneal nerve just below the outside of the knee.

To confirm this, Thomas had a diagnostic injection of the left piriformis muscle which totally relieved his usual sciatica pain for about 48 hours.

With the diagnosis confirmed, Dr. Tollestrup took Thomas to the operating room and performed a surgery he developed where the piriformis muscle is removed and the pressure on the sciatic nerve completely relieved.

Surgical Success Times Two

After this surgery, Thomas has complete relief of the sciatic pain from the buttock to the knee level but persisted in having radiating pain down the outside of the lower leg and over the top of the left foot.

He went back to the operating room a second time for surgical decompression of the common peroneal nerve, a nerve that can become pinched just below the outside of the knee. After this procedure, Thomas is now completely pain-free of the original pain in his left leg.

Thomas is not being evaluated by Dr. Tollestrup for his chronic low back pain. Back surgery was supposed to relieve this pain but only made it worse.

Stay tuned for an update on Thomas’s low back pain.

“He has provided me with a quality of life that I thought I lost forever. I now have absolutely no pain in my legs. I am able to walk without pain again.”