Spine surgery puts Paul back on track

Paul Gregory, who completed a 25 mile sponsored walk six months after major spinal surgery.  Photo contributed.
Paul Gregory, who completed a 25 mile sponsored walk six months after major spinal surgery. Photo contributed.

A Buxton man raised £2,000 with a 25-mile walk six months after having his spine strengthened with metal screws and rods during major surgery.

Paul Gregory, 55, completed the gruelling Three Peaks Walk in Yorkshire challenge earlier this summer.

An X-ray of Paul Gregory, who completed a 25 mile sponsored walk six months after major spinal surgery.  Photo contributed.

An X-ray of Paul Gregory, who completed a 25 mile sponsored walk six months after major spinal surgery. Photo contributed.

The money raised will be donated to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield.

Company director Paul underwent major surgery at Spire Regency Hospital in Macclesfield for Spinal Stenosis, which is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal column. This condition meant that he could not bend down and only walk a few yards at a time.

The operation was performed by orthopedic surgeon, Mr Vik Kapoor, at the Spire Regency.

Mr Kapoor performed a spinal decompression and fusion on Paul’s spine and added in a framework at the bottom of his spine which is held in by screws.

Paul said: “I cannot believe that I am back on my feet so quickly. What Mr Kapoor did changed my life. I am back doing the things I used to do and it is fantastic.

“I did the 25-miles with a rucksack on my back and didn’t feel anything. I could not believe it.”

Said Mr Kapoor: “Non-surgical measures may relieve pain for a period of time but in severe cases, when numbness interferes with walking, bowel or bladder functions, surgery can relieve the pressure on the spinal cord or nerves and restore and maintain alignment and strength of the spine.

“In Mr Gregory’s case I chose to strengthen unstable segments of the spine following decompression surgery by performing a spinal fusion with the help of metal screws and rods made of titanium and cages to replace his discs to enhance fusion.

“He has made a remarkable recovery.”

The future for Paul looks positive and he regularly cycles, plays squash and is enjoying life.