"When I first saw Dr. Ahmadinia and surgery was recommended, I was pretty negative. My dad broke his back when he was young and suffered throughout his life. Back surgery scared me. Besides, I am getting ready to attend the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland, Ohio, so I thought there was no way I could recover in time to go. I asked what would happen if I said no and was told it would likely get worse. I thought about it and agreed. Surgery was scheduled for May 11. I would have four weeks to recover. By the time I had the surgery, the pain in my back and legs had increased. After surgery, the pain was gone! I even returned to work half days in three weeks! The only pain I have now is the healing from surgery, and it isn't very bad at all. In fact, I rarely need anything for it. I leave in one week for Cleveland. I can't begin to thank Dr. Ahmadinia enough. He is brilliant and a wonderful surgeon!" – Cheryl M.