Bill Walton, Basketball Hall-of-Famer and sports television analyst, will speak about his journey to recovery after undergoing innovative spine surgery at a free educational seminar, “Treatment options for back and leg pain,” on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 2:00–4:00 pm at the Main Line Health Center in Newtown Square. Main Line HealthCare neurosurgeon Robert Elliott, MD and Guarav Jain, MD from Main Line Health will then speak about innovative spine surgery procedures offered by Main Line Health. The event will also feature stories from former patients, who will answer questions about their own surgical experiences.
Walton, who experienced numerous injuries during his years on the court, suffered from debilitating chronic back and leg pain that compromised his job as a commentator and left him unable to walk, sit, or drive a car. Walton will share his story, including the relief he found from his back and leg pain after undergoing a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF®). He will also speak about his experiences helping other back pain sufferers as a Patient Ambassador for The Better Way Back®, a support and education community.
This free event, which is co-sponsored by NuVasive®, Inc., will feature refreshments and giveaways for all attendees. For information and to register, call 1.866.CALL.MLH (1.866.225.5654) or visit mainlinehealth.org/events.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.