News Release: Emory Healthcare

Apr. 27,  2009

Emory Healthcare Statement Regarding Lt. Governor Casey Cagle

Statement Regarding Treatment at Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Center

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After a detailed evaluation and failure to respond to non-surgical methods, we are pleased that the Lt. Governor followed our team’s recommendation to move forward with his surgery as soon as possible. He had a degenerative disc problem that was affecting his spinal cord and nerve roots causing intense pain and neurologic trouble. The surgery proceeded according to plan.  He is currently in recovery and his prognosis at this time is very good. This was a technically exacting procedure, and one that requires sufficient rest and recovery. The Lt. Governor approached his diagnosis and treatment recommendations in a deliberate manner. He intends to approach his recovery in a similar fashion, adhering to his prescribed limitations, as well. It will take time for the outcome of the surgery to be fully measured, and a number of months for the bone grafts to heal. While it is difficult to predict any given patient's response to treatment, we anticipate a full recovery after suitable recuperation and expect that the Lt. Governor will be able to fulfill the duties of his position.


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