Susan Woodell Share How Her Saved Her Life Kaiser Permanente
I've had three children thatwent through Kaiser. My husband's beenthrough Kaiser. Kaiser's always been there totake care of us. Labor Day weekend 2003 I hadsevere pain on my right abdomen, my right side of my abdomen,and I knew something was wrong. I could hardly walk. So after two trips to theEmergency Room and being sent home because they couldn'tfind anything wrong with me,
I knew that this could notbe right and I called Butt in Gynecologyat Kaiser at Glen Lake. She said,quot;Just come on in right now and we'll see what's going on.quot; So she realized I had this painand she immediately ordered an ultrasonic which, of course,is done right there at Kaiser. She said, quot;Yeah, there's the problem. You've got a burst cyst onyour right ovary.
So just go home andpack your bags. We're going to operatetonight.quot; I was reassured because here wasa who was willing to listen to me, find the problem,and do something about it. I was told that there wouldbe a 25 percent chance of it being cancer but itprobably would not. So before I went under Iasked the , I said, quot;Well, you know, if it'snot cancer when I wake up,
what time will it beéquot; And I was told onethirty,and so I said, quot;And if it is cancerwhat time will it beéquot; And I was told three o'clock. So when I woke up from mysurgery, it was three o'clock. Fortunately, because of Butt I'm so thankful shesaved my life is that it was a stage one.
I got better. And got completely better. And I thank God everyday for that. I lived through something Ithought was going to kill me. I just live my life justevery day to the fullest the best I can. Like today is Thursday. I'm going to work and then I'mgoing to go to yoga at Kaiser.
I love the exerciseclasses that are offered in the early evening. They're open also to nonmembersand they're free. I've met some really niceladies and we're all very, very different but yet we allcome together because of an exercise class at Kaiser. I don't know of any otherinsurance provider that provides this where you have allthese benefits.
How to Read a MRI of Cervical Stenosis with Spinal Cord Injury Spine Surgeon in Colorado
we're now going to discussa patient witha cervical herniated disc herniated discin the neck and this person ended up having somespinal cord injury because of it so on this side view MRI we saw onthe normal one again brain is up here this is the spinal cord coming downthrough here again the white stuff cerebral spinal fluid these are the vertebra
and again these are the discs we can look down at the C five sixdisc here and we can see that there is a disc herniation back here you can seeit's compressing the spinal cord and that spinal cord compression iscausing this patient some symptoms of a condition called myelopathy or spinalcord dysfunction we can see the cord itself has auniform color until we get here where we can actually see some increased white orsignal change within the cord which is an indication of some problems with thecells within the cord
we can look at it from the top down viewand again this yellow line shows us where this cut is and this is normalhere you can see the spinal cord surrounded by the csf with the nerveexit zones and as we march down the spine we continue to see that the spinal canalis nice and wide open there's still plenty of cerebral spinal fluid aroundthe cord up until the point that we get to the injury where we can see the herniation iscausing significant deformation of the
spinal cord and if you look carefullyyou can see this white area in the cord and if we go down to the level rightbelow the herniation you can see the white area over the cordinjury level within the cord at the level belowbut this is the level of the herniation that is causing that compression this is a stir image of the spinal cord this is very similar to the T two imagethat we saw where the water was white
you'll see with this stir image thewater is still white but the fat back here and the fat in the bones issuppressed it allows us to see inflammation witha better vantage point and again if you follow the spinal cord and you see where the injury is you cansee all of the edema in the cord because of this herniated disk compressing thecord this is a comparison of the injurycervical spine to a normal cervical spine
in a normal cervical spine you can seethe spinal cord is free all the way down there is white csf on either side andthis white signal of the cord which you don't have at the normal level.