“Why would anyone go out of town when we have Neurosurgery right here?”
When severe back pain and leg weakness began interrupting Timothy Shugrue’s life in 2010, the busy Pittsfield attorney knew exactly what was happening. In 1989 and again in 2004, Tim had undergone neurosurgery for ruptured discs, and he recognized the familiar and debilitating pain. Both previous surgeries took place at out-of-town hospitals. This time, Tim made an appointment at BMC.
“My surgeon was knowledgeable and explained everything in layman’s terms,” Tim said. “No one pushed surgery. Both of us reached the same conclusion that there was no other way to relieve this situation except through surgery. The discs had ruptured and were up against the spinal column. The pain was excruciating.”
Tim’s surgery took place on June 4, 2010, and he was in the hospital for three days, off pain medication in four days and back to work in a week. “I was doing things I hadn’t been able to do in a long time,” he said, including a hiking and kayaking trip in late June.
“My surgery was the most complicated of all three,” he said. “Yet both my hospital stay and recovery were shorter. Why would anyone go out of town when we have Neurosurgery available right here?” Tim continued. “Both the surgical and nursing care at BMC were better.”