I had my back surgery 5 years ago I was in so much pain I could hardly walk. Dr. Howe did a surgery where he but rods and bolts in my back it took about a year to recover. I can now do everything I did before except skiing. Thank you, Dr. Howe, you gave me my life back. You were real prompt on appointments, you also would check my grandsons Dylan’s back just to make him feel you cared about his back. I have recommended you to my friends with back problems.
Dr. Howe is very professional and personable with your care. I have referred many family and friends and will continue to do so.
I had the pleasure of being a patient of Dr. Howe’s. Formerly in the Nursing/Surgical field 10+ years at Swedish and 10+ years in a Supervisory position, seeing the rapid change in healthcare, I was amazed by the kindness, compassion, and support received by Dr. Howe. Dr. Howe was genuinely concerned about my physical well-being while providing guidance and advice relating to my health conditions. The personal attention given by telephone call was not expected and extremely appreciated. I highly recommend Dr. Howe and Proliance Orthopedic Surgeons for excellent quality patient care.
Dr. Howe’s generosity and support was greatly appreciated!
I was referred to Dr. Howe by Dr. Wagner at the UW. I had been seeing Dr. Chapman at UW originally for several years because of my lower back issues. He wanted to do two surgeries a week a part fussing T7 thru S1. I would have lost 40% mobility having this surgery. Because he was no longer doing surgery at the UW Dr. Wagner suggested I see Dr. Howe. His comment to me was if his wife needed surgery he would send her to Dr. Howe. Hence I immediately made an appointment to see Dr. Howe. I was so lucky to have been referred to him since he fussed L4, L5 and did a laminectomy on L2 L3. I was in extreme pain when I saw Dr. Howe finding it difficult to sit, sleep or walk. He was very assuring and made room for me in his surgery schedule. I had less pain the day after surgery than I had before surgery. I was amazed at the short recovery from the surgery and the relief with no pain in my back which I had been fighting for years. Now at 10 months out I’m able to do a lot of the farm work and house work I was not able to perform for several years. The care from the whole staff at Valley General was amazing. I feel fortunate that Dr. Howe was the doctor I was referred to and that he did my surgery. I would highly recommend him and have referred several people to him.
In my early 50’s my back started bothering me. I had had a serious injury in my early 30’s and thought I may need to update my exercise routine. so, I saw a physical therapist and got regular massages. I did not experience any relief after doing PT for a couple of months and then I made the mistake of listening to co-workers and tried chiropractic care. That was a huge waste of time and money and the pain in my back continued to worsen. It lasted longer and got more intense as the months passed. Finally, I went to my internist (Dr. Narendra) who recommended I see Dr. Howe. He informed me I had inherited a disease from my mother called spinal-stenosis and that I needed fusion surgery. I was convinced that surgery would leave me permanently disabled and there was some other approach I had yet to try. So I tried other physical and massage therapists along with new exercises but the pain continued to worsen. I remember having a conversation with my husband sharing with him my biggest fear that so I may loose my ability to walk. At that point, I decided I had no choice, I needed to have the surgery to see if I could at least be somewhat mobile. It was amazing. I went in at 8:00 in the morning and by 2:00 I was walking. And more importantly, without pain, for the first time in years. I couldn’t believe it. My surgery lasted approximately 3 hours and Dr. Howe put in 2 rods and 4 screws and yet afterwards I felt better than I had in years.
It’s been two years since I have had my surgery. And I can say that Dr. Howe and the surgery allowed me to reclaim my life. After the first year, my husband and I were blessed with our first grandchild. I feel good enough to hold him, dance with him, play with him, and even sing with him (note: my singing ability did not improve with the surgery). Last summer (marking 1 1/2 years after surgery) I walked a half marathon with my cousin, and this fall we celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary in Spain and it wasn’t with a wheel chair. We walked all over the place and I wore everyone out.
I am so happy I had the surgery. It sounds corny, but I really feel Dr. Howe gave me another lease on life and I plan to take full advantage of it. My only regret is the time I wasted thinking there was a different option. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Howe.
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Howe and his staff. I came to Dr. Howe after being told by two other surgeons that nothing was wrong with my back, and I just had a bulging disk and after injections, it would heal itself. I did countless hours of physical therapy, injections that didn’t work, and missed lots of work and time with my family. I couldn’t do anything really. It was affecting my life. You never know how much it can affect your life until something like this brings you to a stop!
My mom is a patient of Dr. Howe’s, and after she had her surgery with him, she said I needed to see him as well. She had amazing results, and said she was blown away by his compassion and care. So I made a call to the office. The staff was super friendly, and Dr. Howe was very knowledgeable, caring, upfront, and had answer’s fast.
About a month after seeing him and getting my MRI, i was having the surgery that I needed and should have had years ago. He told me he was amazed at how well I tolerated the pain, and how strong I was. I didn’t know how bad it was until I came to him. Now I am about 80% pain free. I can walk again without pain, I can do activities with my children and husband, I can work again without missing days, I HAVE MY LIFE BACK! I owe it all to Dr. Howe and his amazing staff. Thank you, Dr. Howe, for giving me my life back. You will never know how much you have helped me and made me believe again! I will recommend everyone to your office.
“After three decades of reoccurring back problems involving infrequent but sometimes serious sciatic nerve pain, I finally decided that I needed to find a doctor whom I could trust to give me a professional and unbiased analysis of my condition. Earlier in 2012 Dr. Christopher Howe had operated on a friend of mine whose condition was considerably worse than mine, and this friend had nothing but praise for Dr. Howe’s surgical skills. I was also told that Dr. Howe would listen to what I had to say—that he was truly concerned about the welfare of his patients and was exceptionally conscientious in this regard. This helped give me the confidence that I needed to entrust my health to a specialist I did not otherwise know. A recent 3-month stretch with what I thought might be a deteriorating condition had left me resigned to the likelihood of surgery, and I wanted a top-notch surgeon if an operation was going to be required.
At Dr. Howe’s recommendation I had an MRI performed as a first step. I live in a remote area of Alaska, so the MRI was performed in Juneau. (This will explain why I did not rate all areas in this review.) Dr. Howe had provided the hospital in Juneau with the necessary information to perform the procedure. He then analyzed the MRI results, and I received the professional opinion that I was seeking…with every bit as much (and more) of that genuine personal attention that I had been told I could expect from him. I was fully prepared to hear him say that surgery was the recommended next step. Dr. Howe’s specialty is surgery, and I had already informed him that I would go this route if necessary.
But instead of hearing that surgery was appropriate for me at this stage, Dr. Howe told me that structurally I had a stable spine. He said there was mild compression of the nerves at the L4-5 level, but that surgery for this particular condition with this level of compression would yield unpredictable results, so therefore he did not recommend surgery. He presented other options for me to consider, including an epidural steroid injection at that level. Dr. Howe’s professional analysis gave me the information and confidence that I needed to make an informed decision not to pursue surgery at this stage.
What we want in a doctor is someone who listens, someone who is knowledgeable, someone who is skilled, and someone who puts our best interests first. If the time does come when I do require spinal surgery, Dr. Howe will be at the top of my list regarding someone I can trust. If necessary I will travel a considerable distance to receive the benefit of his care.”
I spent one year hardly able to walk. For three months I needed a cane to standup, it was then I knew I must try to find a solution. My doctor Toulouse suggested I see doctor Howe. Doctor Howe decided to do L4-5 STENOSIS and L4-5 LAMINECTOMY. He did this procedure on March 24th and now nine weeks later I can walk without a cane. I am so grateful to him for this gift!!! He gave me my life back.