Minimally Invasive Procedure Improves Quality of Life for Local Woman


Christina Zeiger of New London, MO experienced chronic pain for many years following a nerve injury that left her with extreme discomfort and constant nausea. Christina shares, “I was in constant pain. It felt like a knife in my chest.”  In addition to the chest pain, she also experienced back and abdominal pain so severe at times that she didn’t feel like she could take a deep breath. 

Christina was eventually referred to pain management specialist Dr. Luvell Glanton at Hannibal Regional Medical Group by her primary care physician. “I tried all types of medications and treatments and nothing seemed to help.  It wasn’t for lack of trying, because I feel like we tried everything.  I was finally referred to Dr. Glanton for pain management.  He was very compassionate and really listened to what I had to say. He said a spinal cord stimulator could help my pain.  It turned out to be exactly what I needed,” says Christina. 

“Having access to technology like spinal cord stimulators gives us many more options when it comes to pain management.  Technology continues to evolve and give us great options for people with chronic pain,” says Dr. Glanton. “Spinal cord stimulators have proven to be a viable option to decrease pain for people who have been suffering from a variety of painful conditions. This technology offers non-narcotic relief to patients through a minimally invasive procedure offering long-term results.  Strong evidence suggests that patients who suffer from long-lasting nerve pain can achieve significant symptom reduction with a spinal cord stimulator.” 

Christina states, “The stimulator gave me my life back, before the procedure I was spending 8-9 hours a day sitting in a chair because it was too painful to move around. I didn’t feel good enough to do anything at all. Since the procedure, there is nothing I can’t do! The spinal cord stimulator and Dr. Glanton changed my life.” 

“Christina was suffering everyday with pain and medications just weren’t working. I’m so happy we got the opportunity to help her get some relief and return to her pre-pain lifestyle,” shares Dr. Glanton. Christina has resumed an active lifestyle and has already lost 30 pounds since the procedure.  “The procedure has increased my quality of life and given me the opportunity to do all the things I never thought I would do again,” shares Christina. 

To contact Hannibal Regional Medical Group call (573) 629-3500. To contact Hannibal Regional Spine Center call 1-844-HRH-BACK.