Patient Stories ~ Doctors: Kushagra Verma, MD, MS

Ronald

Profession: Retired
Hobbies: Auto mechanics, Pets, Reading, Shooting, Woodworking
Doctor: Dr. Kushagra Verma

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

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and two discs with compression fractures in mid 2016. These were treated with a brace and given time to heal. This appeared to be successful.

By early 2017, I’d completed chemo and was being prepped for an autologous bone marrow transplant when the back pain returned - a lot of it. I was taking some pretty strong pain meds and it was getting worse.

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

My initial contact was with Dr. Theodore Wagner who diagnosed me as having a burst disc and referred me to Dr. Kushgara Verma.

The most noticeable thing was that none of them treated me as a patient, they all treated me as a friend who they were going to help.

I don't know if I'm explaining this right, but the warmth, caring and concern they showed me is unmistakable.

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Akeirah

Profession: Student
Hobbies: Movies, Reading, Video Games, Walking
Doctor: Dr Verma

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In December 2016 I had the most idiotic fall attempting to bring two family size pizzas to meet my family at my mother's home for our annual "Friday Night family night"(approx. 10 min away by walking). My daughter, who was 13 at the time, accompanied me to pick up our pizza order before going over. On the way there I was fine, but on the way to my mom's....clumsy me! (@ 36 at the time) couldn't see through the extra large boxes, tripped on uneven concrete and fell face first on the ground. The kid says I bounced. During the process of falling I cut both my knees and both forearms and palms and my daughter, whom I love greatly, cracked up laughing asking me "how did I bounce without a trampoline?" Anyway, people in their cars slowed down to gawk because of the way I fell, I guess. Since I was so embarrassed, I told her to "hush up and help me up" and then I limped to my mothers home. The next morning I was in a lot of pain so we stayed at my mom,s and I was told to go to the emergency room but...I was so embarrassed. I couldn't go until after a week of excruciating pain.

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

With Dr Verma I felt a sense of relief like...Finally I'll be out of pain. Dr Verma is very honest and very nice. He presented himself as very professional and charming.

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Michael

Profession: Government
Hobbies: Audio Books, Basketball, Cycling/ Mountain Biking, Fitness, Hiking/ Camping, Martial Arts, Music, Reading, Shooting, Swimming, Walking
Doctor: Kushagra Verma

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

I had massively debilitating pain radiating down my left leg and into my toes after simply standing up and feeling like doing so had snapped something connected to my leg. I had already experienced this type of pain pattern, but only when doing certain movements and stretches. This was intensely worse, and over the next few days had progressed to the point that I couldn't sit, stand, lie down, or move without severe pain to my leg. Eventually I found that if I remained standing I could eventually push through minimize the pain. I basically remained standing every day for weeks, lying down to sleep (minimally due to pain) and waking up every morning with severe symptoms that would only diminish when I stood for about an hour. Sitting or lying down for any short period of time would bring the severe leg pain back.

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My doctors, Dr. Verma and Dr. Leim, were professional and direct. Their analysis was clearly explained and supported by the findings of my MRI. I am an attorney who litigates spinal conditions as part of my practice, so the doctors encouraged me to read medical literature and studies to help me understand the risks, benefits, and outcomes of the appropriate surgery. I am grateful for this level of respect for my decision whether or not to pursue surgery. They quickly earned my trust and understood quickly that I wanted to pursue the best treatment options for long term success. Their clear and efficient approach to patient care stood out, as well as their friendliness and caring in handling a very painful situation.

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Manisha

Profession: Other
Hobbies: Walking
Doctor: Dr. Kushagra Verma

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I was suffering from very significant sciatica pain that radiated from my lower back all the way to the toe. The MRI showed a small synovial cyst that was pressing against the nerve in the L4 - L5 region.

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

I was very pleased with my experience with Dr. Verma. He is very knowledgeable and patient. Before I underwent the surgery, he was very willing to try all conservative options prior to the surgery. I never felt rushed and felt that I had plenty of time to explain my issues. He answered all of my questions patiently and professionally making certain I understood all the risks and rewards of the surgery.

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Pat

Profession: Health Care
Doctor: Kushagra Verma

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In May 2016 I began to notice back and leg pain bilaterally. Within a month after the symptoms began I was using a cane in order to walk, and had a severe limp and weakness on my left side. I consulted the orthopedic surgeon who did my hip replacements in 2012, and he felt that the hips were not the problem, but said that I have arthritis, nerve constriction and scoliosis. He pretty much concluded that surgery would not help, and recommended physical therapy, I tried that with no real improvement for two months. My pain continued to worsen, and by December I needed two canes to walk. I was totally miserable. By January the pain had reached the point that I seldom left the house. I was only comfortable lying on my back, spending most of my time in bed.

I consulted a neuro surgeon who explained that I needed surgery on both my cervical and lumbar spine, and that it would require three surgeries, minimum. I then got a second opinion from Dr. Kushagra Verma, who confirmed the need for surgical correction. He could see no need for more than two surgeries, was extremely compassionate, and patiently explained everything that needed to be done and why. He was so much more personal than the neurosurgeon and both my wife and I were immediately confident in his knowledge and professionalism. My two fusion surgeries were done in February and March 2017. I have gone from having constant, intolerable pain (about 11-15 in a scale of 1-10), and am now essentially pain-free after 3 1/2 months post-op. I am walking without a cane, and building strength with twice-weekly PT sessions and daily workouts at home. No more chronic pain, although I still have a ways to go to rebuild the muscle mass that I lost in the months when I was unable to walk or exercise.

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I was immediately impressed and comfortable with Dr. Verma and his staff. It was obvious that the doctor was 100% committed to my success and well-being. He explained the surgery and expected results in great detail and everything went as planned. My recovery has been uneventful. I knew going in that it would take months to fully recover, and I would need to work hard to regain full strength. This is happening as I was told it would. Dr. Verma has been very supportive.
Additionally, the staff was great. They worked quickly to get my insurance approved and get scheduled for surgery in a short amount of time. With the pain level I was dealing with, sooner was better.

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Sam

Profession: Other
Doctor: Dr. Kushagra Verma

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

Severe Acute back pain, sciatica, incontinence.

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

We were struck by the professionalism and the compassion of Dr. Verma. Even though my mother-in-law had language barriers as she hardly spoke any english, it was personal for Dr. Verma to make sure that she understood what was causing her back pain and the treatment options. Dr. Verma was always compassionately patient with her, and his calm demeanor gave my mother-in-law a lot of confidence and faith that she will be fine with the surgery. Surgery was the last thing she wanted and before meeting Dr. Verma, she dreaded the idea of having a second surgery on her back. Her fears were all put to rest when she met Dr. Verma. Even after the surgery, Dr. Verma was as involved in the care for my mother-in-law and practically became like a family member who passionately cared for her full and quick recovery.

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Ruth

Profession: Retired
Hobbies: Family
Doctor: Dr Kushagra Verma

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

I had back pain that was becoming increasingly severe. I had had surgery about two years ago and got a bit of relief but the pain started coming back. The pain was going down to my legs. I was referred to Dr. Verma and from the very first time myself, my daughter, and son-in-law met with Dr Verma, we were at peace. He looked at the MRI results and with much compassion, explained to us that I would need to have another surgery to correct my back problem and take care of the pain that was going down to my legs. Dr Verma performed the surgery successfully and the pain that went from my back down to the my legs went away after the surgery.

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

He continued to stay in touch with our family checking on my progress and promptly answering our questions.
Dr Verma is down to earth and easy to relate to. I was very pleased with his care.

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Lana

Profession: Retired
Hobbies: Writing
Doctor: Kushagra Verma

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

As a 76 year-old woman I had a deformed back due to multiple unsuccessful surgeries, old hardware, including spinal fusions and a pain pump that needed to be removed. I was bent over and in constant pain. I could not stand up straight and needed to use a walker and cane to walk.

Dr. Kushagra Verma, from the UWMC Bone and Joint Center, along with Dr. Rajiv Saigal, co-surgeon from Harborview, turned out to be my saviors. Dr. Verma took my complicated case and after a 12-hour surgery was able to completely change my spine in such a way that after three months of recovery my spine was straightened out -- I'm not kidding!!! I AM ABLE TO WALK WITHOUT ANY WALKER OR CANE. I have NO back pain, either.

It will take a full six months to completely recover because complicated spinal surgeries require time to fully restore the spine to a normal posture. That means I will not be doing any bending, twisting, or heavy lifting.

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

Dr. Verma went out of his way to explain exactly what the surgery would entail and all the possible problems that could happen during recovery.

Dr. Verma saw me through all phases of my recovery and he is a very caring physician. He knows his business and his business is straightening spines.

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Yvonne

Profession: Retired
Hobbies: Music
Doctor: Dr. Kushagra Verma

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My disabled son needed back surgery for bulging discs. We were referred to Dr. Verma.
Dr Verma heard all of my concerns, assured me my son would be taken care of, saw to it I was informed by all the appropriate Doctors of just what would be done with my son.
I let him know I wanted to see my son as soon as he came out of surgery. Dr. Verma had someone call me every hour to let me know how surgery was going and that my son was doing fine, he came to the waiting room and got me as soon as surgery was over and took me to the recovery room so I would be there when my son arrived so I could see him wake up.
As I, myself, needed back surgery I went to Dr. Verma. He and the hospital staff took care of me as well as they did my son.
Dr. Verma continues to call and check up how my son and I are doing and I can never express my gratitude for him enough.

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

The understanding they had of my concern for my son.
Dr. Verma was aware that I am care provider for my son and prior to my surgery he asked if there was going to be someone to care for them while I was incapable. No other Doctor has bothered to ask me that and I was very impressed.

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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.

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