Hearing from our patients that they have recovered well and are enjoying an excellent quality of life, is the kind of news that we at Prairie Spine and Pain Institute like to hear. Patient testimonials validate and encourage us in our endeavors to provide patients with cutting edge treatments, operative and non-operative. Our founder and owner, Dr. Richard Kube is an internationally renowned, fellowship-trained spine surgeon known for his advanced spine techniques. Read below for surgery recovery and patient success at Prairie Spine.
We recently sat with Dr. Richard Kube of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, IL to discuss minimally invasive spine surgery. He has been performing spine surgery in the ambulatory surgical setting for over 10 years. We asked about the advantages associated with these types of procedures.
“Patients want faster and more complete recovery from surgery”, says Dr. Kube. “People are nervous about spine surgery and concerned about time off work, out of sports and activities of daily living. While nothing will make you normal again, minimally invasive techniques can help you get there sooner with fewer complications.” Dr. Kube added that he likes ambulatory settings due to their lower infection rates and greater efficiency.
We asked for examples of what patients may experience after a minimally invasive spine fusion. Dr. Kube said, “Typically, our patients go home the day of surgery. They will have varied levels of lifting restrictions for the first few months following surgery but should expect significant pain reduction.”
We met a recent spine fusion patient, “Mack,” and asked Dr. Kube about him. Dr. Kube said, “Mack is a great example of someone after a minimally invasive fusion. He went home the day of surgery and was ambulating without difficulty. He was doing well enough at 6-8 weeks after surgery that he showed his appreciation by coming to our office and frying fish for the staff. This is a great example of a great guy having the outcome he deserves.”
Here are some other patient testimonials for Dr. Kube:
“I came to Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in a lot of pain. Dr. Kube listened to me about my pain and did everything he could to make it manageable for me. Once he performed surgery the pain started to go away as I was healing. I am now 1 year out from surgery, I feel normal again and can do things I was able to do before my injury. The staff is all amazing as well, I would 100% recommend him and his staff.”
– Ronda W. Prairie Spine patient, 3/19/19
“I’m very happy with the results of my surgery. I could feel relief as soon as it was done. I would recommend to anyone that is having chronic pain and needing surgery.”
– Self-verified patient of Dr. Kube, Doctor.com
“Before I came to see Dr. Kube I had been to INI at OSF. They told me that there was nothing they could do for me. I hadn’t been able to walk for months with out extreme pain. At my first visit with Dr. Kube he listened to my symptoms, then opened my MRI imaging, and went straight to the problem spot. It stuck out like a big bullseye. I ended having surgery to fix my back. Immediately following the surgery, still in the recovery room, I noticed that I could stand up again without feeling like I was being torn in half. After a few months of therapy with Jeremy, I was able to walk normal, and most importantly, I was able to play with my children again. I would implore anyone with a back injury to just come and talk with Dr. Kube. He gave me my life back, and I’m positive he can give you yours back.”
– Self-verified patient of Dr. Richard Kube II, Doctor.com