Patient Stories

Jesse Stem, MD

I originally had a thoracolumbar curve of 58 degrees, which was corrected to 18 degrees with a T10-L4 spinal fusion using 2 rods and 13 screws! WOW!

Thanks to my care at OrthoVirginia, I can... live without constant pain in my spine that I had for years due to scoliosis. As a registered nurse, moving patients and being on my feet for 12 hours at a time would cause me a lot of discomfort. I couldn't wait to get home and lay on my heating pad. After spinal fusion, I can get back to nursing without the pain! Sitting and standing for long periods of time does not bother me like it used to and my overall quality of life has significantly improved. Scoliosis used to make me very self-conscious, but now I am happy every time I see myself standing up straight! I owe everything to Dr. Stem for the wonderful care he has provided and for being so supportive through surgery and my recovery. Spinal fusion has certainly changed my life in many positive ways!