I had one of the first surgeries when SpineCare of New York resumed surgeries in May following a temporary hold on procedures due to COVID-19. I was given a COVID-19 test prior to my surgery and although I was nervous, the environment at SpineCare of NY put me at ease. There were so many safety measures in place to ensure that everything was clean, and the staff was clearly taking extra precautions.
Because of the enhanced safety measures they implemented, I could not have anyone accompany me into the hospital for surgery. As difficult as it was to have surgery without my husband being there, the entire staff, especially the nurses, were so nice and comforting. The nurses were constantly checking on me and were there to help me whenever I needed it.
I have had back and neck pain for years, but recently it started to get much worse. It was very difficult to walk and move my arms because of my stenosis and arthritis. Dr. Sama actually performed neck surgery on me in 2019 to correct another surgery I had in 2018 with a different doctor that didn’t go very well. When I went to Dr. Sama in 2019 to correct that surgery, there were so many differences in the quality of care during my first appointment. I began to notice how much more thorough the process was when I had X-rays and imaging done. Dr. Sama was very kind and patient. He really took the time to answer all my questions and walk though my X-rays. Dr. Sama even sent me to a specialist when he did my neck surgery to make sure my vocal cords would not be affected. So when I knew I needed to have back surgery, he was the only option for me. Even though I was having major surgery during a very frightening time, Dr. Sama made me feel very calm and safe. He exudes a sense of calmness that really reassures you.
The recovery period is a process and I’m still doing physical therapy, but it was well worth it. After my surgery, any time that I had a question and called the office, someone got back to me right away. Dr. Sama and the entire staff made the whole process as easy as possible. Thanks to them, I can now walk and move my arms easily without pain. Having confidence in your doctor and their staff is the most important thing, and I certainly had that with Dr. Sama and SpineCare of NY. I would tell someone in my situation not to be afraid. If you are in pain, go for it. Have the necessary surgery because you are in good hands with Dr. Sama.