Testimonials: Nerve Surgery

Linda’s Story – Occipital Neuralgia

Linda was severely injured during a tornado. After returning home with an undiagnosed concussion, she began to suffer from debilitating complications, ranging from memory loss to severe, untreatable headaches. She was suffering from occipital neuralgia, a condition of the occipital nerves that causes severe pain. It was then that she found Dr. Kaufman of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, a world-renowned specialist in treating occipital neuralgia through nerve decompression.

I am so grateful to God and to Dr. Kaufman for a renewed life.

In just two hours time, my life changed completely! I went from an active lifestyle of tennis, fast walking and ministering several times a year in Rwanda to a daily struggle to breathe. Trips to Africa and swinging a tennis racquet became distant memories. It all began with a shoulder injury.

In November 2013, I had rotator cuff surgery to repair tears. The anesthesia block in my neck resulted in a trauma to my phrenic nerve which in turn resulted in diaphragmatic paralysis. A long list of doctors had no answers for me and offered little hope for change, until I met Dr. Matthew Kaufman.

Dr. Kaufman, a man with the unusual mix of a brilliant mind and a kind, comforting manner, explained his cutting-edge nerve by-pass surgical remedy. He explained the procedure in great detail and exercised exceptional patience with my questions. Dr.Kaufman skillfully performed the surgery on my nerve in November, 2013, with doctors from Europe there to observe. My recovery has been excellent. Dr. Kaufman’s staff, (Heather O’Neill in particular), has been outstanding.

It is now March, 2014, and I am on my way to recovery! I have finished respiratory therapy, and am working with a trainer at the New York Sports Club. It fills me with joy, and to know that I will be able to return one day to the people I love in Rwanda, take fast walks in New York City with my friends and pick up a tennis racquet again. I am so grateful to God and to Dr. Kaufman for a renewed life.”

Marita Dowell

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