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Spine Surgery Patient Found the Team He Needed at Hoag

“When my wife searched for the best spine surgeon, she found Dr. Ozgur,” Wilson said. “He explained the procedure very well to me and prepared me really well.”

Wilson Yeung says he wasn’t an active person before undergoing spine surgery. Years of growing, persistent pain conspired to keep the father of two fairly sedentary.

All of that has changed now. He power-walks on the treadmill. He plays at the park with his kids, including his football-loving son.

“With every step I take, I really appreciate how I’m getting the quality of my life back,” Wilson said.

After five years of trying to manage his back pain with complementary and alternative medicine techniques, Wilson’s degenerative spine disease advanced to the point that he began experiencing a terrible, persistent pain in his leg. He needed surgical help.

Wilson’s wife, who works in the medical industry, researched the best surgeons in the area and advised Wilson to drive from their West Covina home to meetBurak Ozgur, M.D., chief of service for the Neurosurgery Spine Program at Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute.

“When my wife searched for the best spine surgeon, she found Dr. Ozgur,” Wilson said. “He explained the procedure very well to me and prepared me really well.”

Wilson said he and his wife were impressed by the entire Hoag team. Their attention to detail and compassion made a difference in Wilson’s care.

“The surgical coordinator was on top of everything, making sure that I am being scheduled with all doctors, getting my CT scan. They followed up with me closely,” he said. “And when I was in the hospital, the staff was very professional. Of course, Dr. Ozgur did a wonderful job. They are all prepared and showed so much care to their patients. The service is just wonderful.”

Under Dr. Ozgur’s care, Yeung became the first patient on the West Coast to undergo surgery using the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform, the most advanced robotic-assisted, minimally invasive spine surgery technology available. The technology allows surgeons to plan out the best approach before the surgery starts, improving precision and efficiency, reducing need for x-rays, and minimizing pain and recovery time after surgery.

“That was my first surgery in my life,” he said. “As soon as I woke up from the surgery, I no longer felt the pain.”

Wilson’s only regret is that he didn’t undergo surgery sooner.

“Over the years, I didn’t feel like moving my body. I missed out having activities with my kids, especially my son who plays football. He always likes going to the park, but with my condition, I could not run too fast or stand too long,” Wilson said. “I would do this all over again for him, no doubt about it.”