Patient Profile

David

Profession: Student
Hobbies: Basketball, Soccer
Doctor: Kushagra Verma, MD

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

I am a seventeen year old boy in my junior year of high school. Two instances were the suspected cause of pain down my left leg which led me to seek medical help. When I was sixteen I fell on my back while playing soccer on a slippery field. The second instance was a fall out of my classroom chair on to my backside. I had a slipped disk on my L5 and S1 and required surgery. After moving to Washington I thankfully ended up at the University of Washington for treatment. That's where I talked to Dr. Verma. He said I was very young for a surgery and he didn't want to operate right away on such a young person, if every option wasn't already taken. Therefore I got an epidural shot to see if that would fix my slipped disk. It sadly did not, and that's when we knew I had to go in for surgery. It was planned for October 2017. I went in and came out perfectly. Dr. Verma and his team did an amazing job. It has now passed 6 weeks since my surgery and since I got out of the hospital I haven't felt any pain in my leg. In addition, for the last week I haven't felt pain in my back and I seem to be all healed. Thank you to Dr. Kushagra Verma and his terrific team.

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

They were very kind to me throughout the whole process. They also were very organized and knew what each and everyone's jobs/positions were.

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 can now last sitting in a seat for more than 10 minutes. Also I can play soccer and basketball with my friends again.

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

If you do decide to get surgery, be very prepared for your recovery, that is the most important part of it all.