From Rare to Recovery

Treatment:  Complex neurosurgery

A rare tumor pushing on his spine could have meant paralysis for Blake Albertson.  Read Blake's story.

Image of Blake Albertson, whose spinal tumor was repaired by advanced spinal surgery at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine and Orthopedic Institute near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Surviving Four Brain Aneurysms

Treatment:  Minimally Invasive Endovascular Treatment

Marianne Koester’s aneurysms were deemed high-risk: if they ruptured it could lead to bleeding in or around the brain.  Read Marianne's story.

Image of Marianne Koester, whose four aneurysms were fixed using biplane technology at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine and Orthopedic Institute near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Overcoming Obstacles with Optimism

Treatment:  Spine surgery and rehab

After a near-fatal mountain biking accident, Mike McHenry defied the odds with a positive attitude and world-class care.  Read Mike's story.

Image of Mike McHenry, whose traumatic spine injury was repaired by advanced spinal surgery at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine and Orthopedic Institute near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

A Proactive Approach to Addressing Pain

Treatment:  Rest, then exercise

Deborah DeYoung had success with physical therapy in the past, and it seemed to alleviate her back pain at first. However, when it returned even stronger, she sought help from her primary care provider who referred DeYoung to Dr. Alison Stout at EvergreenHealth Sport & Spine Care. Read Deborah's story.

Image of back pain patient Deborah DeYoung

Patient-Centered Care Brings Relief and Hope

Treatment: Injections to relieve pain

Kenny Alhadeff's life has been illuminated with rewarding opportunities to care for his community, but a decade of severe, chronic back pain threatened to dim the luster that surrounded the 66-year-old’s positive outlook. Read Kenny's story.

image of back pain patient Kenny Alhadeff