World-Class Martial Artist
"I suffered with chronic back pain for 4 years. Being the physical person I am I continued with my normal high intensity workouts and pushed through the pain, continued with my martial arts, gymnastics and weight training until the pain was too much to bare. As a film a television actor who is adamant about performing all his own stunts and someone who is expected to because of the world class level of martial arts I bring to the table as an actor, I was in despair and knew I had to find a way to deal with or remedy my back problem before it got any worse. I sought out some top spine surgeons, the first one told me I had no other choice but spinal fusion, I was devastated, the other two surgeons told me I Could have an artificial disc or fusion or I could do nothing, and just use pain management procedures.
I was seriously considering the artificial disc, but something inside me said DON'T! The next day my chiropractor sent me a video about DR Kevin Pauza. I watched the video, and I was AMAZED, I researched everything I could about the procedure. I then called DR Pauza in Texas. The receptionist I spoke to was absolutely lovely. That same day I was called by his assistant Carrie. I found Carrie to be one of the most genuinely caring, sweetest and helpful people I have ever met. We discussed my problem in great detail, we discussed my personal needs in relation to how important it was that I maintain my physical ability, she reassured me DR Pauza could help. Dr Pauza and Carrie then both got on a call with me. Dr Pauza, asked me about back and the problems, he explained his procedure to me in great length and at that moment I knew I had found the answer to my back problem. Dr Pauza is simply the future, I cannot express the level of expertise, genuine interest, sincere caring that he had for my situation. I sent my MRI to him in Texas, after he reviewed my MRI he called me back. Again we had an in depth discussion, and again cementing the fact that this was the Doctor for me.
My family and I flew to Texas the next week, we were greeted at the airport by a car service and taken to our lovely hotel, which is all done with the help of Carrie. Carrie helped make the whole experience extremely easy and comfortable. We met DR Pauza and Carrie in person the next day and after speaking about the procedure again, I was filled with confidence and trust in DR Pauza and I thanked God, I had found him. From the moment the procedure began I had complete faith and trust in DR Pauza. From the beginning to after the procedure my whole experience was amazing, I couldn't have asked for anything better. I was walking around immediately after the procedure.
By the second week I was back in the gym and my sciatic nerve pain had diminished, I was also able to lie on my stomach without pain which previous to the procedure I could not do without pain. By week three I was shadow boxing. My progress grew every week. Now I am 3 months out, I am back to running, I have increased flexibility, I am back to kicking and punching, back in the gym and I am beyond grateful that I found Dr Pauza.
Sometimes in life you will find those rare individuals that can change your life. I personally feel Dr Pauza gave me back my health, enabled me to come back pain free, and better than ever, and enabled me not to choose major surgery and for that I am eternally grateful to DR Pauza and Carrie for everything they have done for me. And by taking care of me they have taken care of my whole family.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!Bren Foster
Bren Foster - Actor - World Class Martial Artist
Hello, I'm now 18 years old and I have two spine procedures done, 10 months apart. The best experience so far in my life is my mom finding Dr Pauza. My first surgery in Texas was my L2/L3/L4/L5/S1. That was done in stages of sports, L5S1 was from crossfit. The L2-L4 was getting speared in the back in Football. I was 15 at the time of the initial start of all this. I was a wrestler since I was 6. My life was geared towards being in the Olympics as a wrestler. I tried to go back but it was impossible. My back was too screwed up. I did physical therapy for 3 years total. My second surgery came 10 months later, back to Texas. My next surgery was my neck,I had my C34-C45-C56 done. At the time I only had two months left of my year from my back surgery. My neck and back are awesome. I am sucessful in my own business now as a Heavy Equipment operator. The surgerys were life changing for me. I tell everyone about it. I'm not going to tell you it was easy, a year down.. taking care of yourself, being careful at lifting and relearning life as I knew it. I keep myself in shape and eat well. The support you receive before, during and after is awesome. They are always there for you. No one can say that about doctors anymore, I can say it about Dr Pauza and his Disk Seal team. The people here changed my life. I am forever grateful to them.
Kind, nurturing, and empathetic are three words that come to mind when describing Dr. Pauza and his team. Not exactly punctual for the first consultation, but I've yet to meet a doctor who is. Certainly Dr. Pauza is worth the wait. All procedures WERE on time and the staff was courteous. One male nurse sticks out in my memory not only for his exceptional skills, but for his understanding nature and thoughtfulness about feeling exposed in those awful hospital gowns. I highly recommend Dr. Pauza and his team and will be returning shortly to get back in competition form. Dr. Pauza is very gracious.
I wanted to pass along my gratitude to Dr Pauza and his staff and share a few insights for prospective patients considering PDS. Let me say on the front end, in my mind this is less of a testimonial and more of a PSA. Anyone with back pain should at least be aware of and consider this procedure. 2 years ago I was given a diagnosis by a highly regarded back specialist that I would require fusion at L5-S1 vertebrae. I had previously had a laminectomy/discectomy performed at that location stemming from an injury in 2012. Prior to that, I was very active, but pain had pretty much made it to where any activity was not enjoyable or in some cases even tolerable. My job requires that I pass a fitness test annually, so I was even becoming concerned about my future employment status. I had long since decided that I would reserve fusion as a last resort so I began researching options and discovered PDS. Dr Pauza and his staff are very friendly, down to earth, and informative. After I made the decision to try out the procedure, Carrie and I visited on the phone about all considerations and she even helped me identify some ways to reduce the cost of the procedure. After the procedure I required about 2 months to start really noticing a difference. As the inflammation from the procedure subsided I could tell that the nerve pain was less and I continued to improve over a 6 or 8 month window. While it is hard to quantify, I would say I am probably 75% improved from where I was 14 months ago. For me this means I can be active, able to play with my daughter, carry her to bed, pass my fitness test, recreate outdoors, go on a long car ride, etc. in short, life altering. I am eternally grateful that there are still innovative doctors out there who care about people and strive to improve quality of life for their patients. I can't say it will work for everyone, but for me it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
I have had back problems for 20 years. I have done everything everonle else has surgery, cortisone shots, acupuncture and chiropractor. Crazy that an outpatient 15 min procedure has fixed my back. It has been over two years and I my only regret is that I did not do it sooner!