Scoliosis & Deformity
Diagnosis: Degenerative scoliosis with a neuromuscular component
“Dr. Anand was confident surgery could help me. It did and I am so grateful having him as my surgeon.”
Bernie G., MD FACR
Diagnosis: Degenerative scoliosis
“His team is very collaborative and I do not think there is a better scoliosis surgeon in the country.”
Diagnosis: Degenerative scoliosis & Flat back syndrome
“It is a great improvement and it keeps getting better.”
Diagnosis: Adult idiopathic scoliosis
“There is no doubt in my mind that Dr. Anand is the finest spine surgeon in the United States.”
Artificial Disc Replacement
Diagnosis: Lumbar degenerative disc disease
“Dr. Anand is absolutely the best. I thank him for being a doctor and for giving me my life back.”
Diagnosis: Lumbar degenerative disc disease; Cervical stenosis with myelopathy
“Dr. Anand has been better to me and for me than anyone in my entire life has. I believe his ability to heal may be a special gift that very very few humans have ever been given.”
Neck & Arm Pain
Back & Leg Pain
Carmen & Lena C.
Diagnosis: Lumbar spondylolisthesis & stenosis
“MY PAIN WAS GONE AND HAS NOT RETURNED!”
Diagnosis: L5 pars fracture
“Jordan’s baseball career was saved by Dr. Anand, when others were telling us to give it up.”
Diagnosis: Lumbar spondylolisthesis, Facet arthropathy
“When I woke up, the pain, the pain I suffered with for years, was GONE!”
Diagnosis: Lumbar stenosis & spondylolisthesis; Cervical disc herniation
“What a life-changing blessing it has been for me to be Dr. Anand’s patient now for over 6 years. I am in such good hands!”
Diagnosis: T10 fracture with kyphosis and spinal cord compression
“Dr. Anand walks on water! He’s my hero. Dr. Anand is well educated, extremely thorough, and an extremely nice person. I can’t thank him enough for everything he has done for me.”
Diagnosis: C6-7 fracture
“I may not be standing on this stage without Dr. Neel Anand, my spine surgeon.”
Diagnosis: T11 traumatic fracture dislocation
“Dr. Anand was very confident, knowledgeable, and handled everything quickly and professionally.”
“I had 100% confidence in Dr. Anand and trusted him completely to perform my surgeries. Life is great now and I can’t thank him enough!”
"Jordan Q. had a wonderful season at Pepperdine University Baseball and was Player of the Year in our conference."
Idiopathic Scoliosis Patient
“Dr. Anand gave me a second chance at life and a new beginning with hope and promise”.
Scoliosis Patient with 3 previous surgeries prior to meeting Dr. Anand
“January 23 is a day I will remember forever because it's the day that I began to regain the life I had missed for so many years.”
70-year-old Scoliosis Patient
“Now I feel perfect! I’m 73 and doing everything I used to do when I was younger.”
Prior Paralysed patient with pseudarthroses (non-union) , Charcots joint and severe instabilty
“Dr. Anand gave me back my career. He has a very special place in my heart.”
Patient with fractured spine after a go-cart accident
“Dr. Anand put me back together so well that after two months I went to Ireland to work with U2.”
Patient close to quadriplegia due to undiagnosed cervical injury
“Without Dr. Anand and his prompt action, I would be paralyzed today. My family and I will be forever grateful for his care.”
Spinal Stenosis Patient
“I hope that others who are living with the pain and loss due to spinal stenosis will also have the benefit that Dr Anand gave me.”
Gregg S., 60, of Atlanta GA
“Dr. Anand is absolutely the best. I thank him for being a doctor, and for giving me my life back.”
“When I saw my x-rays from my first surgery, I almost cried because I never thought my spine would ever be straight again. Dr. Anand is amazing and very thorough, and his team is awesome! I carry his cards with me every day in the event someone I meet may need his services.”
Inspiring Stories of Patient Recovery From Our Past Patients
Idiopathic Scoliosis Patient – “Dr. Anand gave me a second chance at life and a new beginning with hope and promise”.
After a series of failed neck surgeries in the late 1990's and early 2000, I began experiencing back pain. At that time, I was in my mid-40s and the symptoms continued and the intensity increased. I scheduled a consultation appointment with a doctor and was taken aback to learn that I had idiopathic scoliosis.
At that time, I felt as long as I could manage my pain, I would defer any treatment and explore other options.
I visited a chiropractor to see if there was anything he could do to help. I questioned whether chiropractic care could correct and/or lessen the problem. He looked at me like I was crazy and explained that no amount of chiropractic manipulation would improve the stability of my spine. I even consulted with a personal trainer who came just short of guaranteeing me that within six weeks, the stability of my spine would improve to the point where surgery would no longer be necessary. I decided that was much too big “a pill to swallow” - an absurd notion.
The pain continued, increasing in intensity and duration, making it more and more difficult to carry out my daily activities. I spent much time in bed, feeling thankful if I was able to accomplish one errand or chore a day. It got to a point where I would do one thing one day and the next day I spent in bed. I became more and more fatigued and the rare times I was able to go out in the evening, after about an hour I had to make my apologies and excuse myself to go home to bed. I could no longer stand up straight - always bent over to the side requiring I use a cane (the purchase of which, in and of itself, was a traumatic experience). The pain and physical disability I was experiencing was exhausting, to say the least.
Aside from the pain and disability, I was unable to commit to any plans whether it was with family or friends. Since I could not know if I would be able to do anything, it was easier to reject all invitations than to accept and then later have to make excuses. You can’t imagine how lonely I felt and sad that I was letting others down all the time. The pain was bad enough but dealing with life itself in the direction it was going, I knew I was in trouble and I had to get help.
I consulted with the neurosurgeon who performed my last successful neck surgery. He explained that my condition had progressed so significantly that I would need open surgery to correct the scoliosis deformity or I would eventually end up in a wheelchair! To say I was scared doesn't begin to describe what I was feeling. There was no way I was ever going to entertain the idea of undergoing an open surgical procedure, let alone face the likelihood of another failed spine surgery.
I realized then that I had would have to begin to face the very real possibility of spending the rest of my life in a wheelchair. In preparation for my fate, I began taking the necessary steps which included remodeling my home.
A friend of my father's told me about an article he read in the newspaper about a surgeon named Neel Anand, M.D. who pioneered and performs minimally-invasive procedures to correct spinal deformities, with a specific expertise in scoliosis. Although cautiously optimistic, underneath it all I felt a glimmer of hope that I might be able to change the wheelchair bound future I was facing.
Soon thereafter, I met with Dr. Anand who reassured me and felt confident that I was a candidate for the minimally-invasive correction procedure for my scoliosis.
Though I was scared, Dr. Anand’s procedure seemed like a very real and hopeful possibility as opposed to the egregious wheelchair path I was facing - an unacceptable option. I realized the option of doing nothing was not an option at all!
I made the decision to put myself and my faith in Dr. Anand and go ahead with surgery.
My minimally-invasive curve correction and spinal fusion procedures took place in November 2009. I am fortunate that I heal quickly and that I strictly adhered to Dr. Anand’s post-op, discharge and therapy instructions.
After I healed, I began walking slowly at first, and then working my way up to three miles a day in my neighborhood with my assistance dog Jack at my side. Presently, I am virtually pain-free from my pre-surgical symptoms and as a result, no longer have the need for pain medications. This summer I will be taking my first ever cruise and upon my return, look forward to entertaining my entire family for the holidays.
I cannot say it enough - without Dr. Anand, I would be facing a very different life. A life consumed and riddled with pain, unable to stand or walk.
Without Dr. Anand, I would never have even considered the surgeries. I will be forever thankful and grateful to Dr. Anand for improving my quality of life and for the gift he gave me - a second chance at life and a new beginning with hope and promise.