It has been nearly two years since Aladin Abdelnaby began feeling weakness in his arms and legs.
The weakness progressed, and by the time Aladin made an appointment with his physician at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, he could barely get out of a chair. His Kaiser Permanente physician referred him to neurosurgeon Vartan Tashjian, MD.
Dr. Tashjian recommended a cervical laminectomy—spinal fusion surgery. In this procedure, bone is taken from the back and fused to the neck. The surgery was intimidating for Aladin, but he was comforted both by the professionalism of his care team and Dr. Tashjian’s accessibility through My Health Manager, a communications tool which allows Kaiser Permanente members to e-mail their doctors and see lab results online.
“One time he was on vacation and I e-mailed him… my question. Right in the middle of his vacation he responded,” Aladin remembered. “It was unbelievable.”
Dr. Tashjian told Aladin that in order to reap the benefits of the surgery, Aladin would have to make some large lifestyle changes. With Dr. Tashjian’s counsel and support, Aladin quit smoking.
Since the procedure, life has returned back to normal. “I’m back to work full time,” he said. “Now I’m not tired anymore. It’s a lot better. I’m so happy with how it is now.”