Patient Profile

Betty

Profession: Health Care
Doctor: Kashagra, Verma MD

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

I was experiencing numbness and weakness in my left leg as well as pain and numbness in my right leg. I was unable to walk more than a block without having to sit down and rest my legs. It was interferring with my day to day life to the extent I couldn't attend my grandchildren's school events, work in my yard, or even go for walks.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

Dr Verma and his team were new to me. On My first visit I realized he was an honest and straight talking doctor. I didn't like everything I heard, but every bit of it was true. I learned to respect the fact that he would tell it like it is, work hard to help me find a solution, and listen carefully to what I had to say. All qualities I believe are important in a doctor parient relationship.

What can you do now that you could not do before surgery? Have you been able to return to your hobbies or sports at the same level as pre-injury or at an even higher level?

I am currently three weeks out from surgery, I am able to feel the strength in my left leg improvement already. The pain and numbness in my right leg is no longer present. I haven't been able to see how far I can walk yet because it is too soon following surgery.

What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?

I would, without hesitation, suggest to anyone considering spinal surgery to visit this U of W medical team. My experience with Dr Verma has been good, I am thankful I have had the opportunity to work with him. The surgical team I had during surgery and the care I received while in the hospital were friendly, compassionate, and willing to help whenever I needed them.

Please share any additional comments!

The University of Washington Bone and Joint Center staff are professional and helpful, starting with check in, to the surgery scheduling. Everyone I met treated me like I mattered, not just another patient with back pain, if you have ever had back pain and met the many attitudes of the people you've seeked help from, you will truly appreciate the U of W. staff.