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Spine Patient Stories

Dolores Grandizio: Scoliosis

Dolores wears a black v-neck shirt. She has white hair. Her make-up is done nicely and she wears eyeshadow and lipstick. Her hair is short and curly.

When Dolores needed surgery to correct a severe curve in her spine, she turned to the experts at UPMC to help her get back to being the active and energetic person she once was.

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Michael Gazda: Ruptured Discs

Michael is fishing with his family.

This hardworking outdoor enthusiast, faced with debilitating back pain, turned to the experts at UPMC for relief.

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Kersten Klein: Lumbar Disc Herniation

She wears a purple shirt. She is smiling. She has shoulder length brown hair.

This busy bank employee, faced with living with severe and debilitating back pain, found relief and a speedy recovery through minimally invasive XLIF® surgery at UPMC.

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Denis Patla: Lumbar Stenosis

Denis wears a black t-shirt v-neck. He has gray hair and glasses.

When this avid hockey player began having severe leg pain caused by lumbar stenosis and a herniated disc, he nearly had to hang up his skates for good.

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Hannah Snyder: Lumbar Burst Fracture

A purple background with white text that reads: "I can do anything I could do before the crash, and I have my doctors to thank for that", says Hannah.

When a near fatal car accident severely fractured this high school senior’s spine, the experts at UPMC were able to correct the damage using advanced, minimally invasive surgery.

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Anjelita Weller: Spinal Stenosis

A woman stands in her garden holding a shovel. She wears a white bucket hat and a gray and white striped sleeveless blouse, with jeans.

This passionate gardener started to experience severe leg pain, turned to the experts at UPMC for relief.

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Allison DeAngelis: Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation

Allison poses at the base of a natural rock archway in Arizona.

Frustrated by the continuous intense ache and cramping pain in her leg, Allison turned to the experts at UPMC for help.

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