Larry Winnard

3 Level ACDF

"I am fantastic, now that I have had my surgery with Dr. Brett Braly! I wish I had not waited so long."

Larry Winnard was inducted into the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Hall of Fame in 2009, for his lifetime contribution to the sport of wrestling. He had been an Athletic trainer, a high school wrestling coach, and then a wrestling coach for Oklahoma State University. As an athlete he developed a high tolerance level for pain.

"I had been in pain for 10 years. My pain threshold was very high. If I said that my pain was at a level 3 or 4, on a pain scale of 1 to 10, someone else would describe it as a level 9. I had had 28 different procedures, before I found Dr. Braly. I had severe contractions and spasms in my back and had shortness of breath. My daily workload was close to nothing, due to my neck pain. My range of motion was terrible. I had vertebrates 4, 5, 6 and 7 fused together and three disectomies. I was able to stop taking pain pills and muscle relaxers after five days of my surgery! I am amazed at my improvement! Dr. Braly and his staff are top-notch! I was also very impressed with his PA, Shai. I couldn't feel any better. In fact, I wish that I had not waited so long. I'm back doing my favorite hobby, custom knife making!"

"If you need a great surgeon, Dr. Brett Braly is your man!"



Jeff Oakley


“I am a HUGE believer in Dr. Braly! My surgery was LIFE CHANGING! I had ZERO pain after I had my Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion. (XLIF) It's a minimally invasive procedure that treated my back for a degenerative disc disease. Dr. Braly went in on my side, to avoid the major muscles in my back.”

My Story:

“I battled pain for 5 years. I could not walk around the block, because my legs and feet would go numb. I tried steroid shots and they gave temporary relief for about 5 or 6 months. The day after I got out of the hospital, I was able to walk around the block with my physical therapist. I knew right then, that the surgery worked. I was so thankful to be back on my feet so quickly. I felt like I could walk forever. I had zero pain… not even a hint! I felt like I could do anything. I can swim, bike and walk. Last January, I was able to take a vacation and was able to walk 10 to 15 miles a day! Dr. Braly is the best! He is very personable and confident! I would strongly recommend any of my family or friends to him.”



Rebecca Melsek

2 Level XLIF

"Dr. Braly was a godsend. My surgery was life changing! I never dreamt that I could feel so good!"

My Story:

“Before I had my surgery I was in complete pain. I couldn't walk or sleep well. I had to, "motor plan," my every move. I had to even ask myself, "How am I going to put on my undergarments?!" I had to cinch my buttocks, just to even walk. I was very grumpy! I had been a nurse for 25 years. I was a labor and delivery nurse, for eight and a half of those years. I lifted patients by myself, after they had had an epidural. I had also been in a rollover car wreck. I lived with this pain for 10 years. The pain touched all areas of my life. Finally, I couldn't handle the pain any longer. I kept putting the surgery off, because I had heard horrible stories. However, my family doctor referred me to Dr. Braly, because he had heard great patient stories about him. I'm happy to say, that after my surgery, I was a changed woman! I could walk without any pain! I can now, climb a ladder, walk my dog, go to the mall and be active with kids again. I'm completely active now! I also want to add that I was very impressed with Dr. Braly and his amazing bedside manner. His humble prayer, over me, gave me total peace. I thoroughly enjoyed the hospital staff as well as his office staff. I liked the alternating visits with his PA, Shai. I was very impressed with my overall experience.”

“If anyone is considering the same procedure, I'd say, "Go for it! I would highly recommend Dr. Braly!”




XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)

My life is incredible now! Every day, for 30 years, I have lived with constant pain. I always knew that I had a high tolerance level for pain. I have seen many doctors and no one could really help me. I thought the pain would never end. I finally couldn’t take the pain any longer and I was tired of all the pain pills. I had tried pills, therapy, injections and even stretching. I was always afraid of doctors until I met Dr. Braly. Life is now great! I work all the time. I painted the patio, the storm cellar and even tiled my patio. There are so many things that I do now, that I couldn’t even dream of doing before. I have been free from pain pills for almost a year now! My Experience with Dr. Braly and his staff was great. Dr. Braly is the first doctor that I’ve ever talked to that didn’t scare me to death. He has a very calming voice. He is very positive and confident in what he can do for his patients. I wish I would have seen Dr. Braly sooner. He is a great doctor. He communicates well and returns emails quickly. I tell everyone to not waste any more time… Go see Dr. Braly! He is honest and will tell you the truth.”




Two Level ACDF Surgery

“Life was awful before I met Dr. Braly. I was about to give up hope, because nothing would help. I couldn’t do anything. Just getting out of bed was excruciating! I had constant pain with no relief, from my shoulders, elbow to my neck. I couldn’t hold anything. I had been to many doctors and had tried injections. That would work for 2 to 3 days and then it would just progress to get worse. I had delayed taking care of my pain, because I had heard of horror stories from friends who had been to other doctors. I wish I would have met Dr. Braly sooner and had my surgery; because I felt marvelous from the very first day after my surgery. I could immediately grip things and could make my bed and clean my house. I only had to take pain medication for two days. I recuperated very quickly. I love Dr. Braly and I love how he prayed for me before my surgery. He was so confident and patient. He made me feel good about the surgery. His entire staff was great and very helpful. I recommend all my friends and family to see Dr. Braly. He has the best bedside manner and knows his stuff. He is the most caring doctor that I have ever met in all my years!”





“I’ve always been very active. I’m retired now, but I work very hard and I lift heavy on my ranch. I run three to four miles a week, bike 15 to 20 miles and golf a couple of times a week. I had scoliosis and had a degenerative disc. I started having a lot of pain and discomfort in my hip and leg when I sat down or stood up. I experienced intense pain! Dr. Braly did a laminectomy procedure on me. I immediately felt better right after surgery. In about four weeks I was back to most of my normal daily activities. In six months, I could run and play golf again. I am back to my lifestyle before my pain. I cannot thank Dr. Braly enough! He has a wonderful bedside manner. I enjoyed his staff…they were great! I even thanked Dr. Hines for referring me to Dr. Braly. I have referred several friends to Dr. Braly. I highly recommend Dr. Braly, if you want relief from your pain!




XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)

“I was 75 Years old when I had my (XLIF) Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion. I could not ride in a car or get up out of a chair or bed without extreme pain.
Before the surgery I had pain in my hip and down my leg. I used to go to a chiropractor for five years and experience some relief. However, gradually it got worse. I used to be very active. It was very difficult for me. I had my surgery at Community Hospital. The therapist and staff were excellent! After my surgery I learned to get up and make sure my posture was good.
I am pain free now! I am so glad I met Dr Braly and had this surgery! I am 76 now and my life is so much easier. I feel very blessed to have Dr Braly and his staff come across my path. I strongly recommend Dr Braly!”




“I thank God every morning when I wake up for Dr. Braly! My life was miserable and I felt worthless because I couldn’t do anything. I had a double curvature spine since my childhood. My mother had to hand make my dresses, because on one side I was two inches shorter. At one point, I had to crawl around the floor just to get around. I just put up with pain for too long. After coming to Dr. Braly… I don’t hurt anymore! I can feel my sheets again! I can now walk out to our field and watch the boys play again. I can now go to the rodeo and sit for two nights in a row. I don’t even need pain pills. I can take my grandkids to the mall to shop. Life is wonderful! The staff in the office and at Community Hospital were also wonderful. The therapy guys were perfect. They let me go at my own speed. I could not have asked for better care. They were all so caring and helpful. I was very pleased. I had 100% success! It was totally worth it!”




XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)

“I have always been very active. I played football and I enjoy playing golf. Before I met Dr. Braly, I was in excruciating pain. The pain drastically affected my sleep. It took me almost 4 hours to get to sleep at night! In the morning, I couldn’t even get out of bed. I was consumed with my pain, and often wondered how I was going to get through the day. I knew then, that it was time to do something. I was a little nervous before the surgery. But, Dr. Braly put me at ease and walked me through, what was about to happen. He even prayed with me, and made me feel better about everything. After the surgery, they had me walking the next day. I only needed assistance, getting out of bed for a little bit. In about a week I could get out of bed by myself. I resumed my normal daily activity in about 3 weeks. After about 4 months, I was completely back to my normal lifestyle, before the pain. The office staff always had a smile on their face and we’re always very helpful. I loved the hospital staff at Community Hospital. Everyone was great! Dr. Braly proved to be everything, and more than I expected. It was a great experience all the way around! I highly recommend Dr. Brett Braly!




XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)

I was in so much pain that I could not walk. I was told by several doctors that there was nothing they could do to help me. It’s been three months since my surgery. I never thought I could feel this great! Today I was walking around at the State Fair. Right after the surgery, I felt 90% better. I only had a slight pain in the morning. I had to take very little medicine. NO ONE can believe it! I was 5’7 and now I’m 5’10 again. Dr. Braly is now my best friend! I would travel out of state to see him. He gave me such a wonderful gift…He gave me my life back! His staff is awesome too! I highly recommend everyone going to see Dr. Braly for their back!”




Pedicle Subtraction Osteomyelitis (PSO)

“When I came to Dr. Braly, I had already had two screws in my spinal cord from previous surgeons. I was told that no one could help fix me. I’ve been in pain for 18 months. I couldn’t walk straight or walk very long for that matter. Dr. Braly had to rebuild my backbone. After my surgery, I could hold my back up straight. I haven’t taken pain medication since. The staff was wonderful. I couldn’t ask for a better rehab and therapist. Dr. Braly was concerned about me and was very compassionate. I couldn’t ask for a better doctor. In fact, I’m sending my daughter to him. I want to tell everyone who has back pain to go see Dr. Braly. I couldn’t ask for a better experience. I’m doing fantastic!”





“My life was miserable before I met Dr. Braly. My right side was numb from head to toe. I had had three strokes and couldn’t walk very well. I fell a lot, because my legs would collapse. After surgery, last February, I woke up and the numbness was gone! I had feeling in my hand right away. I now have full range of movement in my neck and very little arthritis. My knees don’t buckle anymore. My life is so much better now! The staff was wonderful too! Dr. Braly is easy to talk to and let me ask all kinds of questions. I also appreciated that Dr. Braly prayed for me, right before my surgery. I definitely recommend him for any back problems!




“Going to Dr. Braly has been a “Life Altering Change” for me! Before Dr. Braly, I had had five other back surgeries from different doctors. Each time I received a little relief, but it always came back. I couldn’t sit for longer than 30 minutes at a time, I couldn’t push a cart or even play with my grandchildren. I couldn’t ever talk to adults because I was in so much pain. I can honestly say that right after surgery I was able to stand for the very first time and I could feel my left foot. I WAS PAIN FREE for the first time in 4 years! I now enjoy the little things in life like, ‘feeling the sheets!’ Dr. Braly and his staff are just absolutely wonderful! He had suggested that I talk to the other patients who had had the same procedure. I was worried and he prayed for me. He is the best back doctor. He answered all my questions and said that none of my questions were silly. I’ve told my friends about him because I highly recommend him! At Community Hospital, the staff called him, ‘The Miracle Worker’… I agree!




“I got into Dr. Braly the same day that I called. I didn’t have to wait at all. He was very concerned, very pleasant and easy to talk to. He let me ask lots of questions. He made sure my prescriptions were taken care of, so I wouldn’t have to worry. The staff was wonderful! Before I met Dr. Braly, I was miserable with pain! I had problem walking and had to use a wheelchair. I had a problem with my arms and my hands and fingers were numb. I couldn’t reach high. After surgery, I could walk again… Without my walker! I could walk 500 feet the first day after my surgery! I didn’t have to take any pain meds after I left the hospital. I can now work around the house. Life is good! If you’re thinking about having laminoplasty surgery, I’d say, ‘Go for it! Go for Braly!’”



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