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In 2011, I was diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis because of terrible head pain, tingling in my arms, and a foot that dropped. I was on awful medications with no relief for 11 years. Into the picture walks Dr. John Herzog, and he gave me back my life. Dr.Herzog found two bulging discs in my neck that were pushing against my spinal cord . I did pain management which gave me some relief, but eventually I had to have a 2 level neck fusion. The day of the surgery I went in with terrible head pain. Dr. Herzog did the surgery going in through the front of my neck. I spent a night in the hospital and then went home. I was back to work in 2 weeks and have never had pain since the day of my surgery. This was truly a life changing surgery that Dr. John Herzog performed on me; no more drugs, no more pain and no tingling.
˜ Janet Konis

I had neck surgery about a year and a half ago. I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Dr. Herzog and his wonderful staff. After going through 4 years of physical therapy, pain injections and visits to my primary Doctor for relief, I finally got up the courage to have surgery. Everyone at Saratoga Spine treated me so well and put all my fears to rest. My outcome was wonderful and I recommend them highly!
˜ Patricia Sheehan

At 60, I experienced an accident that caused excruciating lower back, calf and foot pain. I went to Saratoga Spine seeking relief. After an extensive examination and consultation, I was given several options on how best to proceed. Spinal fusion was chosen. Today, at 70, with a few flexible restrictions and precautions, I experience an improved quality of life. This is a direct result of the relief found at Saratoga Spine. The folks at Saratoga Spine, Dr. Herzog and his dedicated staff, have had, and continue to have, a long lasting and positive influence in my life. To be continued.
˜ Ron Atchinson

My name is Jenn Badaszewski and I’m a 41-year-old active, mother of two, young professional who is writing this letter as testimonial to Dr. John Herzog and his wonderful staff. My journey with back pain existed intermittently throughout my teen years.  I sought relief through chiropractic care, and for a while that sufficed.

Once in my young 30s, the pain in my lower back and right hip got progressively worse.  MRI’s revealed disc protrusion, but it was considered mild.  Dr. Herzog and I decided a trial of pain management would be a logical next step.  In my mind, back surgery had to be a last option, and Dr. Herzog agreed.  Pain management worked pretty well for a few years, but was always short-term and  I accepted the fact that I was relegated to live a life in pain, as many other people do.

In 2010, while caring for a dying dog and carrying her up and down stairs, I felt the final injury.  After that day, things were significantly different.  I was past conservative modalities and it was time to see Dr. Herzog again.  A new MRI revealed that my back injury had progressed to the point of surgical intervention.

In July of 2011, I had a 2-disc spinal fusion.  I’ll admit that the recovery was tough but within a few weeks, I felt significantly better.  By 8 weeks I was back to work full time and having little to no discomfort at all. Since then, I have re-found the athlete in me.  As of 2014, I’m in the best shape of my life, living day to day PAIN FREE.  I am off, and have been for quite some time, all Nsaids, pain medications, physical therapists, or any other medical interventions.  I live an active, full and extremely happy life.

I am so grateful to Dr. John Herzog and his staff for helping me regain my life.
˜ Jennifer Badaszewski


“For two to three years I experienced pain in both buttocks and upper legs. Finally, in late 2012, I could not lead a normal life. I went through massage therapy, physical therapy and pain shots in my spine. I was said to have spinal stenosis. After many different x-rays, MRI’s and nerve testing, it was decided that I needed back surgery. I consulted with Armin Afsar-Keshmiri, MD from Saratoga Spine. He did all he could to heal me without surgery. In January 2013, I had a spinal fusion, among other spinal corrections. In May 2013, I was playing golf with little pain. In July 2013, my back and legs were totally pain free. My treatment from Dr. Armin Afsar-Keshmiri was top notch. I was never treated like a number. I received very personal treatment. I could not be more pleased.
˜ E.F.

Kudos to Saratoga Spine! So glad to have been referred there and restored to optimum health. My gratitude to Dr. Keshmiri and staff at Saratoga Spine!
˜ E.C.

We can’t thank you enough for the care and your expertise in spine and disc problems. We were lucky to be referred to you. The pain I had was so bad. I was very anxious when I saw “Surgeon” on you door. Your calm manner and conservative approach were very reassuring to me; as was your flexibility to see me three times in two weeks!
˜ B.S.

Thank you so much for all your help. I won’t forget your kindness and patience. I was lucky to have you as my surgeon!
˜ J.Y.

Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery