Spinal surgery at Joliet hospital helps Shorewood man walk again

When Daniel Coppoletta was getting ready for his daughter’s wedding rehearsal last fall he knew something was wrong. “I was losing feeling,” said Coppoletta, 59. “Everything got numb and I couldn’t move parts of my legs and feet.” Instead of the rehearsal he headed to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s (PSJMC) Emergency Room (ER) where he soon found himself in surgery after an MRI scan showed a herniated disc severely pushing on his spinal nerves. “By the time Daniel got to the ER, he was essentially paralyzed from the waist down,” said orthopedic spinal surgeon Chintan Sampat, M.D., who performed Coppoletta’s surgery. “Timing is critical and we moved quickly to get him into surgery.” Dr. Sampat performed an urgent laminectomy, and removed the disc that was severely pushing on the…


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