I first went to my Primary Care Doctor in the middle of July, 2019, because I was having problems moving my neck left, right, up or down – experiencing stiffness and at times it was very painful – and I was also experiencing numbness in both of my hands. My Primary Doctor had me get X RAYS and a MRI. After reviewing my X RAYS and MRI, My Primary Doctor referred me to Dr Verma so I made an appointment with Dr Verma for the end of August.
During my first appointment with Dr. Verma, he first asked me a series of questions about my neck pain and my overall health and then had me do a few things to check my motor skills for balance problems and ability to pickup items from the floor. After reviewing my previous X RAYS and MRI and his in house X RAYS, he had me get another MRI prior to my next appointment on October 10th. Prior to my October appointment, he had me keep track of the numbness in my hands by logging -- the day, time and hand (right, left or both) – each time the numbness occurred.
On my next follow up appointment on December 4th, Dr. Verma said that since there had not been any improvement (and actually was getting worse) with my neck pain, etc., he recommended surgery to take the pressure off the spinal cord and resolve my neck issues and hopefully the numbness in my hands. At my preop appointment on February 5, 2020, Dr. Verma explained in great detail how he would be doing my upcoming surgery, including the pros and cons (risks), and answered all the questions I (and my husband) had. His thorough explanation of what I should expect during my surgery definitely helped ease any anxiety I was having.
Before and after my surgery Dr. Verma told me to call him on his cell phone (both Dr. Verma and Gia Gentile had already given me their cell phone #’s) if I had any questions. The day I was released from the hospital, he called me that evening to make sure I was not having any problems or concerns. During my two postop appointments, February 26th and March 25th, Dr. Verma discussed all the do’s and don’ts that I should follow during each phase of my recovery.
The surgery was very successful – neck pain gone and even the numbness in my hands is gone. Job well done and I am definitely glad I had the surgery. I’m on my way to a full and complete recovery. Dr. Verma is an excellent, caring and very dedicated doctor – top-notch, one of a kind. I would definitely recommend Dr. Verma to anyone who has spine and neck issues. My husband and I want to give Dr. Verma and his team a big “THANK YOU!!!” shout out for all they have done during the last several months.