To Whom It May Concern,
I have never written a letter like this but in late July 2015, I started suffering lower back pain and visited my Chiropractor on four occasions to no avail. The pain was immense so my primary care physician ordered an XRAY on my spine and it came back normal for a person of my age, 72. Three days later, I could not endure the pain and went to the Emergency Room at Desert Banner and a CT-Scan showed a compression fracture at T-12 but when the surgeon at Desert Banner realized all my pain was way down in my lower back, he hesitated on doing kyphoplasty and conservatively wanted to wait and possibly try some therapy and if no help, come back to see him. I was in extreme pain and immediately went back to my PCP, Dr. Carrington, who immediately had me go for an MRI that same day. It showed an acute compression fracture and he immediately contacted Sonoran Spine and Dr. Datta was able to see me the following day. He was fantastic and spent time explaining all the options to me. I told him that I could not tolerate a long wait as my pain was immense. He told me that he believed that my pain could be ‘referred pain’ and he believed the kyphoplasty would eliminate most of my pain but the decision was mine and did not pressure me. I asked him how soon he could perform the procedure and when he realized the pain I was experiencing, told me that if I could have the proper blood work completed, he would squeeze me in his schedule three days later on Friday, August 21st. I was elated and he performed kyphoplasty on the scheduled date and when I awoke from the surgery, I immediately felt a huge pain relief and will always remember him caring for me. Obviously, he is a skilled surgeon but he also displayed great bedside manner and was caring and I will always appreciate his unselfish professional manner explaining my options. He is a special compassionate talented surgeon and I want to thank Sonoran Spine for having such a fine doctor.