St. Lucian doctor performs cutting edge spine surgery

Dr. Curby Dwaine Sydney, a Saint Lucian neurosurgeon has set the pace for major brain and spine surgery within  the OECS, having performed the first minimally invasive, 2 level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, using the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zero Profile Vault C implant Construct.

Dr. Sydney recalls his patient, Mrs. Constance Soomer, a warm and charming middle-aged lady, visiting his clinic on a wheelchair with significant weakness to her arms and legs.

During her visit, Mrs. Soomer lamented that her condition resulted in her inability to cook, sign a check, do her gardening, and walk freely like she had been used to. “I was worried and feared being paralyzed,” she said.

The patient was happy to know that there was a solution to her problem, especially with the chance to walk again, but her doctor needed to act quickly. “One can well imagine that if there is any injury to the main nerve that connects the brain to the body, nothing below that level will function properly to the point of paralysis and even death,” explained Dr. Sydney.

He further explained that after proper diagnosis and meticulous planning with his team, the surgical procedure was performed. 

Mrs. Soomer is once again able to enjoy the things she did before this life-changing surgery, like cooking, gardening, singing with her Church Choir, and even traveling on vacation with her family.  She has expressed profound gratitude to Dr. Sydney and his team for her remarkable recovery and “getting her life back”.