Patient success stories – Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute


Back pain getting on your nerves?

A true Mr. Fix-It, Clark Crandall dove into repairing a fixer-upper home he bought in Duncanville last Dec. 16. “By Dec. 22, I was absolutely on my back, writhing in pain,” Clark says. “I couldn’t sit, couldn’t eat, couldn’t get up. I was rolling on the carpet for so long that I developed scabs on my leg.”


A brain under pressure

August 2013 started like most late summers for Eva Hernandez. The office manager of a West Dallas school, she was preparing teacher manuals, answering parents’ phone calls, and applying all the organizational elbow grease she could muster before school started.


Elizabeth Sanchez is grateful for the team that saved both her life and her baby’s

This was not your typical morning sickness. At six months pregnant, Elizabeth Sanchez could neither walk nor think straight.


Natalie Flores – Neurosurgery Success Story

When a spinal cord tumor threatened Natalie Flores’ life, the Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute fought back.


Kimberly Tolstyka – Neurosurgery Success Story

Giving pain the cold shoulder – Methodist Richardson physicians worked together to diagnose and treat Kimberly Tolstyka’s mysterious condition. When her condition confused others, doctors at Methodist Richardson correctly diagnosed the problem and saved her from pain and potential paralysis.


David Fortune – anterior cervical discectomy success story video

David Fortune is back to playing his guitar and singing as a Willie Nelson impersonator after the burning neck pain and arm pain caused by a herniated disc were relieved following minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.


Steven Held – trauma care and neurosurgery success story

Steven Held’s sense of adventure is going strong after advanced neurosurgery at Methodist Dallas saved his life.


Nathaniel Long – stroke patient success story

“With strokes, you have to move very quickly.” Find out how Methodist Dallas’ stroke team scored a slam dunk.


Cheryl Payne – minimally invasive spinal surgery success story

New shoes, steroids, massage therapy – none of these relieved Cheryl Payne’s back pain as minimally invasive surgery did.


Jessica Rangel O’Neal – XLIF minimally invasive spinal surgery success story

Debilitating back pain is a thing of the past for the former Division I college athlete and marathon runner after minimally invasive surgery for a herniated disk.


Jeanne Reeves – TLIF minimally invasive spinal surgery success story

Nurse Jeanne Reeves is back in the game after a minimally invasive TLIF at Methodist Mansfield relieved her back pain.


Laura Shopp – anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion success story

Arlington resident Laura Shopp found relief through spine surgery and rehabilitation at Methodist Mansfield. Now she’s back in the classroom teaching physiology and anatomy.



XLIF, or lateral lumbar interbody fusion, didn’t just cure Mark Jones’ back issues. It set him up for a completely healthier lifestyle. Learn more about the changes he’s made and how back surgery paved the way for a better life.