I CAN...

Everyday Disc Replacement & Spinal Fusion Inspiration

What is the 'I Can' Challenge?

Patients that struggle with back or neck pain have many questions, such as what could life potentially be like after a spinal surgery—whether it be disc replacement or spinal fusion. The 'I Can...' Challenge was started as a means of encouraging former back or neck pain sufferers to bring awareness and inspiration to others by demonstrating what life could be like after spine surgery.

While not all surgery is successful, if you have had either a disc replacement or spinal fusion surgery, let others know about your post-operative experience—especially noting what you CAN do after spine surgery. Those suffering from debilitating neck or back pain would be amazed by many of the success stories.

Can You Do More After Spine Surgery?
These Individuals Can:

Michelle M

Scituate, MA, 45

People often find it hard to believe that I recently had major spinal reconstruction with two artificial neck discs. I just had to get over the initial post-surgical fear of reinjury and debilitating pain. I’ve made major life changes including surrounding myself with only people who encourage me and have my back! I exercise daily between yoga, swimming, barre and paddleboarding without difficulty. This year I started skiing again and began the challenging bucket list goal of hiking all the New Hampshire 4k peaks. I honestly feel like I have a new lease on life! Thank you Centinel Spine!

Michelle M had a Cervical Disc Replacement in June 2019 and now enjoys Skiing, Hiking, Waterboarding.

Joe LM

Oviedo, FL

Just before my one-year anniversary from surgery, I participated in the Savage Race 11, Feb of 2019.

Joe LM had a Cervical Disc Replacement in March 2018 and now enjoys Hiking, running, water sports.

Patrick M

Munich, Germany, 40

First prodisc L in September 2008, second prodisc L in July 2022 - before my surgery I thought - s*#! - this was it now... No more adventures, no more caves... After 3 weeks I had my first dive after the surgery, and it was great. Next 6 weeks after I got physiotherapy and started with small exercises to get back to my fitness again - now I'm on a good way back and soon I'll go for new exploration cave dives.

Patrick M had a Lumbar Disc Replacement in July 2022 and now enjoys Tec diving, cave diving, speleology, Downhill MTB.

Rory S.

Palm Beach, FL, 46

It has been an amazing 3 weeks in Tokyo! I want to thank everyone for their support and kind words. Winning the Silver at the games was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I was fortunate enough to share with my best friend and wife, Martina Sabbatini. I don't know how this would have happened if I hadn't had my disc replacement. Every day is a new adventure.

Rory S. had a Cervical Spinal Fusion in May 2016 and now enjoys Professional Golf and Spending Time with my Family.

Brian G.

Orlando, FL, 50

Big win at the Bermuda Championship! 5th PGA tour win in the books!! Thank you to the PGA Tour & Bermuda Championship organizers. This was my first championship since 2013. With the pain I was in, I never would have thought it was possible before the surgery.

Brian G. had a Cervical Disc Replacement in October 2014 and now enjoys Professional Golf and Spending Time with Family.

Are you suffering from neck or back pain?

They Regained Their Lives

These individuals can inspire your journey to healing and life after disc replacement surgery—and the hope of freedom from spine-induced pain and discomfort.

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