Spine surgery, pain management and quality of life
The right care at the right time supports patient in achieving life goals
In 1985, Tom Shaw was an athletic, optimistic high school sophomore in Enid, Oklahoma. At just 16, he was already being recruited by many college football programs.
Then he was in a terrible car accident, smashing into an embankment. He and his family were told that he would never walk again.
“You don’t know Tom,” said his family.
After a 14-hour operation, weeks in a hospital and rehab facility, Tom hobbled out with braces up to his hips and crutches under his arm. But just six months after surgery, he required another.
A year later, the Shaw family moved to Ellsworth, Kansas. When the family learned about the spine experts at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas, they decided to make the three-hour drive. They met with two of the most prominent, well-respected orthopedic surgeons in the nation, Marc A. Asher, MD, and Raymond Jacobs, MD.
It was the beginning of a healthcare relationship that would last for the next 32 years – and counting.
A year after Tom’s horrific accident, Drs. Jacobs and Asher performed his third spine surgery, his first here. After one final surgery in November of 1986, Tom’s condition greatly improved.
When he graduated from high school six months later, he walked across the stage to accept his diploma without any support except for one ankle and foot brace. His classmates didn’t expect to see him without a wheelchair, crutches or cane.
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