"I had previously had surgery in 2008. I usually went in yearly to check to make sure my tumors hadn't returned. I missed a couple years when I finally went in for my checkup. I was seen by Nick Marinakis, P.A.-C.—my favorite of Dr. Aryan's PAs. He was doing my physical exam checking my reflexes. When he got to the inside of my elbow on my right arm, he tapped it once and left the room to talk with Dr. Aryan. Nick came back in and said I needed to get an MRI of my lumbar/sacral area as well as my neck. I had no idea what he was looking for.
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"When I went in for the results, what a shock! I had two vertebrae in my neck, for lack of a better term, that were sort of free moving back and forth and were 3 mm from my spinal cord. I was scared to death. Nick said I could pick my surgery date, but SOONER RATHER THAN LATER WOULD BE GOOD! That phrase kept coming up. I had already had 5 spine surgeries in my lower back and had to learn how to walk again. I really didn't want to have another surgery. Obviously I had no choice. Spinal cord compression and paralysis was a frightening thought.
"I had surgery in October 2012. When Dr. Aryan came to see me before surgery, he put his hand on my arm and said, ''Don't worry, we'll make things safe for you.' That really hit home for me, but I have to say, this was the 'easiest' recovery of all my spine surgeries. I'm sure that has a lot to do with the exceptional skill of Dr. Aryan, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Nick for a very thorough exam paying attention to the smallest clue that there was a problem. Thank you so much, Nick!!" --Juliann B.