Operation Backbone provides crucial brain & spine surgical treatments for the most severely wounded active duty & veterans who need an accelerated substitute to their current care options. Post strength, mental & physical training provided by (NHL) Buffalo Sabres.
Dr. Ben Carson
“Operation Backbone not only provides crucial brain & spine surgical treatments for severely wounded active duty & veterans but also goes deeper ensuring family support and participation, healing wounds that no surgery can mend”.
“4.5 years ago I injured my right arm while holding a VA shuttle bus door closed.
I was told it was a hyper extended sprain, given naproxan and sent back to work. I have gone through PT several times, OT x 2, tens units, chiro for 4.5 yrs for relief for a day or two, and from Aug of 2014 to 2nd week in Nov I have had a total of 27 shots in my shoulder, neck, forearm, elbow and back to no eval. This consisted of : Novocaine, nerve blocker, litacane without any results.
In the 4 months that I have spent with Mike and his team from Operation Backbone the results have pleased me greatly. My pain level has dropped from a constant 8-9 and sometimes a 10 down to a 7-8 in a period of a month. I have been driving the shuttle bus with my left hand/arm only for the last 18 months, now I am getting back my range of motion in my right arm and attitude is getting better.
VA had me on : Naproxan, 7.5 Hydrocodone, Acetaminophen, and Oxycodone.
I would also like to add that I am also taking quetiaptine and bupropion for PTSD anger management. But the meds that I am taking for the pain from my injury can be substituted in place of the other drugs being taken for PTSD without side effects. Thats 2 for price of 1…not bad. These drugs are Gabapentin 600mg and duloxetine HCL dr 60 mg.
It can only get better.
I was passed around and not to gracefully for 4.5 years in the VA medical system. The same test, same type MRI and X rays were taken along with alot more test.
Mikes people did same test and MRI without everything else and had an diagnosis in a month plus with my pain reduced. They also did not try to make me think it was phantom pain or that I was a hypochondriac.. they listened with empathy.
Thank you so much OPERATION BACKBONE what a service you are providing!”
“Being part of Operation Backbone now provides me the chance to give back and serve our men and women who have stood fast year after year to protect this great nation.”
“Being able to be a part of something like this is special. I am more than happy to do whatever I can to help out somebody who served our country and makes it possible for me to do what I do on the ice.”
“Seeing the talent, dedication & commitment of Operation Backbone for our soldiers around the world makes me proud to be part of such a outstanding team.”
Lt. C CDR Kim Mitchell
“Operation Backbone provides more than just brain & Spine surgical care, it provides family care and respect.”
Dr. Maroon, M.D. FACS
“Working on top ranked professional athletes is my passion, working with our brave men and women in our armed forces is an honor. Proud to be part of Operation Backbone.”
“WE could think of no better organization to provide our expertise & services for the men and women who sacrifice so much for this great country, that’s why we are proud to be part of Operation Backbone.”
“When it comes to Operation Backbone for neurosurgical care, the surgeons at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery offer comprehensive expertise. From stroke to spine care, our team uses state-of-the-art technology in a world class facility to provide unparalleled care for patients with trauma, tumors, vascular disease, and spinal problems.”
Kenneth Snyder, MD, PhD
“I’ve had the good fortune of being involved with many start-ups in my career but nothing that can have an impact quite like this. Operation Backbone will really take shape here in Buffalo, in part through the efforts of the Sabres. My hope and belief is that it won’t be long before all NHL clubs recognize the benefits of Operation Backbone for their own communities.”
“Operation Backbone is an inspirational organization committed to the care of wounded soldiers. A premier level of expertise is offered for the treatment of a broad spectrum of spinal disorders using state of the art imaging, diagnostic, and operative technologies. I am proud to be on the advisory board for this organization.”
Timothy F. Witham, MD, FACS
Anterior Lumbar FusionConed down lateral radiograph of the lumbar spine demonstrates bilateral L5 spondylolysis and associated grade 1 L5-S1 anterolisthesis
MRI Scanner1.5 Tesla MRI scanner from Siemens that uses Tim4G platform for collaboration Operation Backbone, with Dr. Mikityansky, MD, MPH, NY.
Software:Siemens Verio 3 Tesla scanner using the 20 direction DTI sequence and visualized using Seimens DTI Software.
MRI C SPINE W O CTRTMRI OF THE CERVICAL SPINE WITHOUT CONTRAST:
Right occipital headache and limited range of motion in the cervical spine.