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'Thankful' | Surgeon, patient reunite after historic spinal surgery

By Admin | April 03, 2022

A Minnesota woman is cancer free five years after a doctor removed several tumors from her spine.

At the time, the surgery was risky and had never been done before.

Now, Dr. Uzma Samadani and Lupe Galeno Rodriguez are meeting again as the historic surgery is set to be published by the Journal of Neurosurgery.


I couldn't go upstairs or bend down to tie my shoe," recalled Galeno Rodriguez. "All those activities were hard."

"When I first saw the films, I immediately thought, 'This isn't a good idea,'" said Dr. Samadani, a neurosurgeon who's known for her technical skills. 

She said Galeno Rodriguez had five tumors along her spine — three of which were as big as a clementine. 

Some of the cancer was even inside the roots of her nerves, which are the size of a spaghetti strand. If they weren't removed, it meant...(More)

For more info please read, 'Thankful' | Surgeon, patient reunite after historic spinal surgery, by Kare11

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