I started having lower back pain, and pins and needles in my left leg in February 2019. I assumed I pulled a muscle or something. After about a month with no change I went to my primary care doctor for an ex ray and learned that I had L3-L4 stenosis, my L3 slipped and was bone on bone with my L4 and punching the nerve causing my left leg and foot to have pins and needles and go numb. My husband had an employee that had a workman's comp back injury case a few years ago, Dr. Verma did his surgery and he was very happy with the results so I decided to make an appt. Dr. Verma looked at my ex rays and MRI and explained in layman's terms what was going on in my back. I was so happy to have someone believe that I really had pain and explain to me what was causing it. He started me on physical therapy but explained it may help my pain by making my back stronger but only surgery would be able to realign my spine thereby freeing the pinched nerve. He offered me various shot options as well. After a few months of trying different things I decided to get surgery, he told me what my surgery options were in great detail so I could make an informed decision. I decided to go with the less invasive Inter Body Fusion of the L3-L4. To say I was nervous is an understatement. I was afraid to have anyone messing with my back but I couldn't imagine living the rest of my life in pain. Dr. Verma had me come in with my husband a couple more times to make sure all of my questions were answered. He also gave us his personal cell phone in case we had more questions, my husband and I were shocked, we didn't want to take it but he insisted. I've never had a doctor give me his personal phone number. On surgery day I was a hot mess. Dr. Verma knew I was was nervous and assured me I was in good hands. I had also been hearing good thing about him from the hospital staff. He's kind and very personable which is unusual for a surgeon, he's very in tune with what a patient is going through. Did it hurt, yes of course it hurt, but Dr. Verma was always honest and candid about the reality of what spine surgery entails. Everything that happened he had told me would happen so I was always informed as I went through the surgery and recovery process. There were no surprises. Dr. Verma did a exceptional job of giving the hospital all of the instructions and medications that I required. He came to see me after the surgery, I have no memory of that but my husband did. Then he called me that night to make sure he spoke to me and asked how I was doing, again I was on pain meds and all is a blur to me but my husband confirms the visits and calls. He also came to the hospital every day to check on me and called me in the hospital, I was only there two days! Dr. Verma warned me that with all of the swelling I may not get relief for a while but once I got home and some of the swelling subsided I could feel my leg again. The pinched nerve was no longer pinched! I'm about 6 weeks post op now and I start PT next week. My pinched nerve and back pain are gone and it's amazing. The incisions he made to put in the hardware are very small, about an inch, and I have minimal scarring. I'm off all of the pain medication except for an occasional Advil when I over do it. I still have more recovery as my back continues to heal but I'm so happy with the results and I have no regrets. I would recommend anyone with back pain to see Dr. Verma. He's kind, compassionate, extremely knowledgeable and takes great pride in his work and helping people. He has given me my pain free life back and for that I'm grateful.