“The quality of my life has improved because I can now do everyday things without the anxiety of the back pain.” Chris Okerstrom Chris Okerstrom has suffered from back pain for over 15 years due to his line of work in the moving industry. He figured this came with the territory and simply dealt with the pain, until it became unbearable. His primary care physician, Jennifer Lee, MD, referred him to Dr. Athanassious based on the positive feedback she had received from other patients. Chris then went for a consultation in August, 2017. He was diagnosed with lumbar 3 spine/nerve damage. Dr. Athanassious performed a Cervical C5-C6 anterior fusion. While he’s still recovering, Chris said the surgery was successful. After the first 30 days of some recovery discomfort, due to the surgery, everything started to improve and is now healing well. Since the surgery, Chris no longer has pain, he doesn’t have to hold onto the door frame to get into his car, or limp up the stairs, holding onto railings, etc. “The quality of my life has improved because I can now do everyday things without the anxiety of the back pain.” He adds, “Dr. Athanassious was very caring, compassionate and understanding. Before my back procedure I also had both knees replaced by Dr. Gary Stein. I feel so well cared for by Santa Rosa Orthopaedics and adore the staff. If you need anything orthopedic, you can have confidence trusting your care to this group of bone experts.”


Immediately walking after surgery, I felt no pain, the pain and numbness was gone ...

 

“Immediately waking after surgery, I felt no pain, the pain and numbness was gone!” ~Rita Scardaci

 

“I can now pursue life with vigor and without pain or restrictions.” Dianne Maxwell

“I can now pursue life with vigor and without pain or restrictions.” ~Dianne Maxwell   Read more …

 

SRO Testimonial 11.3“I have not had any pain whatsoever in the surgery area. I’m just so happy. I can’t even describe how incredible the whole process was. It was an awesome experience.” ~ Scott Weaver      Read More …

 

 

At age 55, Brett Raven was experiencing chronic pain due to degenerating herniated disks causing vertebrae to rub against each other pinching nerves. Brett had decompression surgery in 1990, also called a “laminectomy,” to enlarge his spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves. Part of a protruding disk in the L4-5 lumbar region was removed giving relief for about a year. However, as he said, over time, additional disk degeneration caused the pain to return. Brett had an MRI and his new orthopaedic surgeon, Christian N. Athanassious, M.D. with Santa Rosa Orthopedics, recommended that spacers be inserted between his deteriorating disks and that pins and screws be used to fuse the three vertebrae and realign the spine. On February 4, 2015 Brett had the surgery and a couple of weeks later was comfortable enough to walk two to three miles a day. His pain level had been dramatically reduced. Today Brett goes on hikes, lifts weights, is back driving a tractor and working in the vineyard tending 15,000 vines producing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir varietal wines under the “FrostWatch” label. “I hope to get back on my bicycle in a few more months to help me keep up with my wife and kids, ages 14, 15 and 18. “Every week I feel a little bit better.”

“Dr. Athanassious is a very competent orthopedic urgeon. He’s also a good listener and I have a lot of faith in him. He did an excellent job on my back.” ~ Brett Raven        Read More …

 

“Dr. Athanassious’ work was impeccable, and with my sciatica gone I am thrilled to be back on stage!”
~Robert Keys
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Santa Rosa Orthopaedics
Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Santa Rosa, Ca 95403
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