Microwave Ablation Frees Patient of Pain

On the morning of May 7th, 2016, I woke up with a pain in my ribs which radiated to my back. Little did I know that I would have this pain for 18 straight months until I finally reached out to the specialists at Mount Sinai. The pain that I experienced during this time period was so severe that I virtually did not get a full night sleep for 18 months and could only get relief by constantly taking Advil and other painkillers. When off the anti-inflammatory drugs, I was barely able to walk and get through my daily activities.

I went to 10 different doctors and received numerous inconclusive results until I reached out to Mount Sinai. In August of 2017 Dr. Ilya Iofin, an Orthopedic Surgeon on the Mount Sinai staff, utilized an MRI of the thoracic spine and was able to quickly and accurately diagnosis the cause of the problem as an osteoid osteoma on the T8 left transverse vertebrae in my back.

In September 2017 a microwave ablation performed by Interventional Radiologist Dr. Aaron Fischman of the Mount Sinai staff finally solved the problem, allowing me to be pain free without the aid of any painkillers. I can confidently say that without the help that I received from Mount Sinai I would still be experiencing the 24/7 pain that seemed like it would never end.

In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all of the wonderful staff at Mount Sinai for helping me get back to a normal pain free life.

- Andrew McNamara