Before going to see Dr. Sama, I was in constant pain. I had to sleep in a chair for several months because I could not lie down. I had numbness in my left leg and I could not walk more than 25 feet at a time. After my initial appointment, the process to my surgery proceeded very quickly because I was evaluated as being in immediate need. During surgery, Dr. Sama removed some of the calcification around my spine, inserted a rod on each side and cages around two of my vertebrae.
I believe the success of surgery is greatly determined by the care of the surgeon after the operation. Dr. Sama is very approachable and was available to answer all my questions. My surgery and recovery were much easier because of the care and concern of Dr. Sama and the courtesies of his staff. After my surgery I started with private physical therapy for six weeks. Now, I exercise five days a week, still following the program recommended for me. I am now nine months post-surgery and I am doing great. I no longer have any back pain. I only occasionally feel slight pain down my legs at the end of the day when I exert myself too much, but Dr. Sama advised me that will go away soon.
After going through surgery and the recovery process, I would give Dr. Sama and HSS the highest rating possible. Dr. Sama is not only the most skilled surgeon, but he also has a great personality and maintains a good relationship with his patients. If you find yourself in the same condition I was in before surgery, I suggest that you listen and believe in Dr. Sama’s ability to treat severe back problems. Before my surgery, I felt like I could not do anything because of the constant pain I endured. Now, I no longer feel restricted in my life. I am very thankful to be a patient of Dr. Sama.