Patient Profile

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.

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'm off the pain meds and well on my way to returning to full functionality.

The bone marrow transplant and maintenance chemo impose some limitations of their own but the back is no longer the limiting factor.

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

There is no way to put this surgery off so you are going to have it. The only question is who's going to do it and where will it be done.

My advice? Find a doctor you are comfortable with. Ask all the questions you have. Knowledge makes the scary less scary.

Please share any additional comments!

I've had a great outcome and am thoroughly impressed by Dr. Verma and his team. I'd recommend them to anyone.