Patient Stories

Steven S. Hughes, MD

Thanks to my care at OrthoVirginia, I can... resume my normal lifestyle without excruciating sciatic pain.

I had a degenerative condition and possibly an injury that caused part of my disc to press against my sciatic nerve. The condition started as mild lower back pain and then morphed into excruciating sciatic pain down my left glute, thigh and calf. The pain meandered from a 3 (when standing or seated in a comfortable position) to a 10 when the lightning bolts of sciatic pain shot through me, especially at night when sleeping. I had xrays, an MRI, and a CT scan, and I tried non-surgical interventions, including two rounds of cortisone shots. Finally, Dr. Hughes did a "microdisectomy," a fairly simple out-patient procedure that involved removing the portion of the disc pressed against my sciatic nerve, and suturing up a small (perhaps 2-inch) scar in the lower part of my back. Eight days post-surgery, my sciatic pain is gone, and my only regret is not doing this sooner so I could have enjoyed my summer pain-free.