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Dr. Braxton's Commitment to Patient-Centered Spine Care



Patient Lori Walker shares her transformative experience under the care of top neurosurgeon Dr. Ernest Braxton – highlighting why VSON is an unparalleled choice for patients seeking the best spine care

Over 80% of adults in the United States experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Thankfully, patients experiencing back pain in Colorado have access to world-class spinal care at Vail-Summit Orthopedics & Neurosurgery. Patient Lori Walker shares her transformative experience under the care of top neurosurgeon Dr. Ernest Braxton – highlighting why VSON is an unparalleled choice for patients seeking the best spine surgeon.


Sudden, Severe Nerve Pain and Spinal Fusion Surgery


Lori's journey began in 2023 when she started experiencing severe nerve pain on her right side. Despite initial conservative treatments, including injections, Lori found hope when she was referred to Dr. Braxton by VSON’s pain management specialist, Dr. Gnirke. 


Reflecting on her first meeting with Dr. Braxton, Lori shared, "I was very impressed with his professionalism and how he wanted to know what I was hoping to achieve through treatment. I told him I was determined to get back to the gym." 


Dr. Braxton’s individualized treatment approach focuses not only on a diagnosis based on medical imaging and physical exam but a clear understanding of the patient's goals. 


Lori shared, “He spoke with me in such a reassuring and kind way, and I’ll never forget that at the end of my appointment, he said, ‘Do you do hugs?’, and I replied, ‘Absolutely, I do hugs!’, and so he gave me a hug, and I felt comforted and reassured enough to be able to say ‘Okay, let’s do this’.”  


While a spinal fusion initially sounded daunting, especially due to her existing scoliosis, Lori found a sense of confidence and reassurance in Dr. Braxton's highly customized approach. 


“Dr. Braxton's willingness to consider a more conservative treatment through a microdiscectomy showcased his commitment to patient-centered care. “


Despite initial success with the microdiscectomy, a re-herniated disc prompted further discussions and tests – including a CAT scan and bone scan. Through each step, Dr. Braxton's calm explanations and supportive demeanor eased Lori's fears, leading to her ultimate decision for spinal fusion surgery in October 2023.


VSON’s Spine Care Team Goes Above and Beyond


Lori's praise extended beyond Dr. Braxton. 


"I always felt well cared for by every member of Dr. Braxton's team," Lori shares. 


She emphasized the friendly, knowledgeable, and encouraging nature of each staff member. Post-surgery, Dr. Braxton's genuine joy and pride in his work were palpable, further reinforcing Lori's confidence in her choice of surgeon. 


When returning for follow-up appointments, Lori reminisced, “Dr. Braxton would knock on the door and then walk in and say, ‘How’s my favorite librarian?’ He was always so warm and friendly with me.”


“I am so pleased and proud to say that he gave me back my life, as these photos can attest. I’m ‘back in the saddle’ and simply happy that I can be! Thank you!”


Schedule an Appointment With Team Braxton Today


Dr. Braxton and his team are dedicated to providing their patients with compassionate, dedicated, and expert spinal care. If you’re experiencing back pain that impacts your quality of life, contact Team Braxton today! 


Using the latest technology and spine care treatment, Dr. Braxton and his team will work with you to get you back to the activities (and lifestyle) you love.


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