Patient Stories

Steven S. Hughes, MD

Thanks to my care at OrthoVirginia, I can walk, cycle, swim and live in freedom again. (I still cannot play the violin.)

The success of the XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) procedure that I underwent with Dr. Hughes is nothing short of a modern miracle to me. Before the surgery, I could barely walk and was in extreme discomfort. It was a nightmare.

The results of the fusion which Dr. Hughes recommended and performed (using a surgical approach from the side and back) was amazing. I was up and walking the first night without crippling pain. My hospital stay was 3 nights, and my rehabilitation amazingly quick. My surgery was mid-September 2019, and by late-December, 3 months later, I was well enough to ride camels in the Jordanian desert (Petra and Wadi Rum). I cannot express how grateful I am to Dr. Hughes for restoring me to live a normal life. I think Dr. Hughes must be one of God's favorite people. You are in good hands with this brilliant surgeon.