Dr. Simon: Spinal Fusion

Kastriot Djema.webDr. Simon is just awesome,” said mixed martial arts fighter KD, whose slipped cervical disk went from bad to worse after getting hit in the face while training for a fight last New Year’s Eve.  Until then, he had managed his neck pain with the help of physical therapy.  But on that night, KD immediately lost feeling in his left hand and knew that, without surgery to correct the condition, he would never fight again.  Within three weeks of having a cervical spinal fusion, the 22-year old athlete was back in the gym regaining his strength. On June 18, he fought for the first time since the procedure and won with a first round knock out. Now he’s training for his professional debut at Mohegan Sun in the fall. “I feel a hundred percent healthier than I was before the surgery.  I don’t have the pain in my neck or going down my back any more, and my left hand feels stronger than ever.”  KD (cervical spinal fusion)