Patient Stories

Debra Scott

In my younger years I did the flying trapezes with the Shrine Circus and Circus-Circus in Las Vegas. In 1990 they had to fuse my lower back. The disk was gone, and it was bone to bone. As time went on it became a degenerative disease, the pain was unbearable. In 2008, I kept falling. I went to the doctor they said my spine was going to snap if I didn’t get my back done. It helped for a very short time. My quality-of-life become worse. I have never done well with pain meds. I was getting injections all the time.

The disease continued to go higher up my back, into my lumbar, thoracic, and cervical. At this point I had more then four surgeries. I had to leave my job and go on disability. I finally heard about PPTI and Dr. Danko. Three years ago, I was able to get into see Dr. Danko. I call him my miracle worker. The pain pump has changed my life. The pain was so bad that my life had pretty much turned into going nowhere and living like a shut in. I now can do so many of the things that everyone else does. I’m so thankful for PPTI; I wish I would have heard about this years ago. I now can enjoy my life once again. I truly believe this could help so many. I want to share this information, so others don’t have to suffer the way that I did and miss out on so many years of their life.

Stephen Fetters

In an attempt to alleviate chronic back pain, Air Force Veteran Stephen Fetters had back surgery that ended up failing and making his back pain even worse. He went to the VA to see what they could do to help. They provided pain medication that left Steven in a terrible state of mind. Finally, the VA pain clinic said he would be a perfect candidate for the pain stimulator. They sent him to Dr. Danko, who installed the pain stimulator.

“Now I don’t have to take any pills,” he said. “When I get up in the morning, the world looks totally different. It brought me back to the world again.” Stephen follows up with Dr. Danko’s office every few months to make sure everything is running smoothly. “I never want to be without this thing. Intimidation is the biggest fear. It’s not going to hurt you, it’s going to help you. The key is the support.”

Mary Petralia

Mary Petralia had been dealing with knee pain for many years. The pain would run up the side of her leg causing a lot of distress. She was forced to walk with a walker at all times and suffered from just trying to get around. She was completely against a knee replacement. She didn’t want to go to that extreme, so she turned to Dr. Danko for help.

Fortunately, Dr. Danko recommended the peripheral nerve stimulator and that has alleviated a lot of her pain. “I’ve already recommended this procedure to other people who are struggling with pain,” Mary said. She said the procedure is a “piece of cake” and the recovery is the “smoothest thing I’ve ever been through.”

Barabra Figuero

I needed Dr. Danko because I have scoliosis in my back and herniated discs in my neck and lower back. My primary physician recommended going to Premier Pain Treatment Institute. Dr. Danko knew exactly what to do. The first time I saw him I felt the value of his
treatment; it helped so much. In a short while I was able to walk up steps without pain.

All I did previously was take pills for pain management. Now I’m able to live without medication because Dr. Danko is an expert. Dr. Danko will find what’s wrong and fix it— plain and simple. I can do things now I couldn’t even dream of before going to Dr. Danko.

Stella Bradford

I was introduced to Premier Pain Treatment Institute after dealing with a broken back. I broke my back due to a hunting accident and couldn’t walk without some type of assistance. 

After seeing Dr. Danko and Nurse Practitioner April, I’m 100% in a better spot. I’ve had multiple procedures done. Everything is getting back to normal. I’m even gardening again. I was on a lot of pain medications, but Dr. Danko finds a solution to ease the medication side. Anytime I’ve had an issue he’s been willing to address it. He’s the best there is. Anybody who goes to him for pain treatment will be very happy when they walk out.

Donald Estep

I was a firefighter for 30 years in Cincinnati, and because of the tough work my back deteriorated in the lumbar area. If I stood for more than 5 or 6 seconds, my legs would start shaking. At PPTI I had injections in my back by Dr. Danko, and at the end of my
appointment I was able to squat down. I had not been able to do that for a couple of years.

I was on pain pills. I only have one kidney and I’m limited as to the kind of medications I can take. I’m slowly reducing pain pills thanks to this treatment.

Since starting with PPTI, I’ve been back several times to have both sides of my back treated. My wife and I were able to live our lives the way we wanted. We traveled to
every state in the United States. Now that my wife has passed, I’m still able to do the things I want to do. I get the shots when I need them. I have freedom to go where I want, when I want, and how I want.

Roger Bloom

I’ve had back pain for every bit of 5 years. I had a total hip replacement, which helped for awhile with my bad hip, but I was still having back issues. I went back and forth from my family doctor to the chiropractor with no relief from the pain. I told them, “I can’t take this pain anymore.”

Finally I got referred to Dr. Danko at PPTI. He showed me exactly what was going on in my back and what he could do to help me. He recommended two procedures, one of which was the MILD procedure. My relief was instant. When I left surgery that day my sciatic nerve pain going down to my knees was gone and I was able to straighten up.

It used to be by the time I got ready for the day and walked to the living room, I had to hold on to whatever I could just to keep my balance because of the pain. Now I’m riding my lawn mower and doing yard work. I even helped my buddy clean his grain bins. Sure, I’m sometimes a little sore the next morning, but last year I was in too much pain to get off the couch.

I wish I would have had all this done years ago. I tell people with back pain or who have had old back surgery, “Go to Dr. Danko at PPTI. There are a lot of new procedures out there and Dr. Danko stays on top of things with all the new technology.