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Not Giving in to Pain is Power

UCSD Patient Sharon

So is knowing that UC San Diego Medical Center offers more breakthrough surgical options for treating chronic back pain than anyone in San Diego.

Due to a collapsed disc in her lower back, Sharon Moore suffered through four years of chronic pain. At times, she had to crawl on the floor to get from her bed to the bathroom. Despite the pain, Sharon held out for a treatment option that would let her continue her active lifestyle–especially surfing.

Enter Dr. Kim at UC San Diego Medical Center. His seminar on minimally invasive spine surgery gave Sharon hope. With help from a computer to precisely map out her back, Dr. Kim was able to put implants in her back without damaging her nerves or spinal cord. A month later, Sharon was walking on the beach without pain and looking forward to surfing–in short, experiencing the power of academic medicine.