Testimonials: Pain Management

Muriel Andrews – Pain Management


I have had two back surgeries, the last was fourteen months ago. Three mouths prior to that, I had a knee replacement. I have been having trouble with the knee as it wasn’t straightening out right, so had another procedure done. I was still using a cane because my knee was giving way on me once in a while.

I finally went to Dr. Sureja and he suggested a nerve block for my knee. I had it done and  I won’t say that it didn’t hurt, it did. It has worked wonders!  No cane!  He has given me back part of my life I thought I has lost. I can now bowl again. He has helped me before with my back problems and he is a very understanding Doctor. Thank you, Dr Sureja.

Muriel Andrews

Harriette Hoagland – Pain Management & Physical Therapy


I visited Dr. Andrus for extreme pelvic and hip pain associated with lower back problems. I initially received an injection to relieve the pain in my hip. The injection was not effective for me.

Rather than receiving another injection, I elected to visit Dr. Andrus for pain management. She immediately identified the specific area in my lumbar spine causing the pain in my pelvic and hip areas. She recommended physical therapy, which included lumbar traction and various exercises for my ailing areas. What a difference this has made. My pain levels on the pain scale dropped from a constant 10 to a 2-3. What a difference.

IMG_7951If you can love going to a doctor, I’ll have to say I love going to Dr. Andrus and OSC. Dr. Andrus is a dedicated physician and a personality that makes you want to go back to see her. She’s the best! Dr. Andrus listens to you when you discuss your problem(s) and finds a way to make you feel comfortable for whatever your treatment plan might be. Her entire staff and the staffs at OSC (proper) and the Physical Therapy section are absolute professionals, knowledgeable, and so warm and welcoming. I believe this is a reflection of the leadership at OSC.

Whatever my orthopaedic problems have been over the years, I have always had treatment success with OSC. This practice is a wonderful neighborhood/Hampton Roads gem.

Harriette Hoagland

William Kranz, Jr. – Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain

Drs. Mcfarland and Sureja

I was referred to Dr. Sureja for chronic foot pain due to Neuropathy. After finding a combination of non-narcotic pain medicines, I began to get relief in my feet.

I have always had back pain. After several epidural injections, Dr. Sureja referred me to Dr. McFarland to discuss the possibility of receiving a Spinal Stimulator implant. At that time, I was unable to stand up straight. I went with the implant and knew as soon the temporary implant procedure was done that the permanent implant would be successful.

That was several years ago and the stimulator has changed my life. The follow up care with Boston Scientific is awesome. You call and within a day they can adjust the settings. Thanks to Dr. Sureja and Dr. McFarland, I now have a better quality of life and can enjoy retirement.

Carolyn Taylor – Pain Management

I am a 69 year old Female. In April of 2014, I weighed 126 lbs. and developed problems with my stomach. I continuously felt sick to my stomach and had severe dry heaves. The only thing that would make my symptoms somewhat subside was to stay in a horizontal position.

In May, after many tests, I had an endoscopy which showed I had gastritis and an ulcer. My weight reduced to 120 lbs. Because I currently have nine (9) fused vertebrae from T10 to S1 with two rods and 18 pinnacle screws as a result of two spine surgeries in 2007 and 09; I was taking 50 mg of Voltaren twice a day as an anti-inflammatory. The Gastroenterologist stopped my use of Voltaren, an anti-inflammatory, immediately, because he felt this was the cause of my stomach issues, even though I explained there was plenty of stress in my life.

From June thru August, I continued to be sick and had numerous Blood Tests, Chest X-Rays, Ultrasounds as well as another Endoscopy and a Colonoscopy. My weight was at an all-time low of 102 lbs. and I now had an additional problem to contend with. Severe, cruel, spasm/shock-like hits would occur in my mid-back whenever I sat too long or tried to get in or out of bed. These were so bad that if they hit me when I was standing, I would lose control of my bladder. In September, I made an appointment with my Spine Specialist, thinking perhaps, some of the hardware in my back was causing the pain and spasms. After testing, he could find no such indication. He put me back on Voltaren and Misopostol (for the stomach) to try and get my inflammation and spasms under control. His only suggestion was perhaps a Pet test for Cancer. In October I had more blood tests.

As my spasm and stomach problems continued, I was prompted by Charney Chiropractic, who treated me for my back pain, to see Dr. Sureja. Prior to my appointment in January 2015, Dr. Sureja took the time to retrieve ALL of my medical records from my Spine Surgeon, as well as all other Medical Doctors who had treated or tested me. He reviewed my entire case, attentively listened to me as I explained my situation and made his assessment based on me as a PERSON, not on the basis of just one finding. Dr. Sureja recommended I take Zorvelex, which is 18 mg of Voltaren, three times a day, to reduce the pain in my back and reduce the amount that would be in my stomach so as not to irritate my ulcer. He also sent me to Physical Therapy for Dry Needling and Tens therapy for my back.

On my next visit in April 2015, I was 80% better with the spasms, and my weight was on the upswing.

As of this writing in October of 2015, I have only been sick three (3) times, my ulcer is gone, the inflammation in my back is not as bad with the reduced dosage of Voltaren, my weight is at 115 lbs. and my spasms are still severe, but not as numerous. I can live with this.

I am so grateful to Dr. Sureja for looking at me as a TOTAL PERSON, knowing that with my painful back, I cannot completely stop anti-inflammatories and yet recognizing that I must maintain a balance with a delicate stomach. Seeing Dr. Sureja has made a significant change in my well-being.

Carolyn P. Taylor


I must tell anyone/everyone reading this that Dr. Andrus’ listens carefully to your problem(s), and works extremely hard to identify the problem(s).

I have had problems with lower back pain for several years, that really bothers me after a trip, or often just with everyday life. Also, recently I have had pain in my right shoulder and arm, apparently coming from my neck. Dr. Andrus gently…… ever so gently gives me the shots I need, in all right places, every time, and in just a few days, I feel WONDERFUL!!

My treatment has been right on target, I rate Dr. Andrus a 10 !!! She is AWESOME !!!!!

p.s. Also the nurses that help with these procedures are really sweet, yet professional!


Anonymous – Pain Management

I am 39 years old. I’ve suffered from severe back pain most of my life and severe foot/ankle pain since birth. After going from doctor to doctor over the years, I was sent to a spine specialist who was able to diagnose the source of my back pain. Basically, I had been walking around with a fractured spine for most of my life. I had a spinal fusion. While the surgery remedied some of the pain, it did not help the majority of it.

A year later, after continuing to suffer severe back pain after my surgery, I was hit with the realization that this was just going to be my life. I was going to suffer excruciating pain for the rest of my life. Then I was referred to Dr. Sureja for pain management. I read reviews for Dr. Sureja on some doctor review sites before going to see him. There were some positive reviews and some negative reviews. I’m an anxious worrier, so I fixated on the negative reviews and was terrified. So much so, that I considered calling my doctor and asking to be referred to a different pain management doctor. On top of that, I tend to do better with female doctors. Male doctors have always intimidated me and made me uncomfortable. I decided that I should give him a chance anyway and told myself I could always switch doctors if I didn’t like him.

I can’t explain why, but the moment he opened the door and made eye contact, something told me to relax and that I was safe. He was just wonderful, very knowledgeable, attentive, and compassionate. I’m allergic to a lot of medications, including steroid injections, so my pain management options were already limited. He took the time to explain to me what was going on in my body, why I was feeling pain in specific areas, etc. He LISTENED to me and he HEARD me. You should always be informed, but remember to give your own experience a chance. It was one of the best first appointments I had ever had.

I’ve seen him twice more since, along with Kimberly Maigi, FNP-C who was just as attentive and easy to communicate with. While we’ve had to make a few adjustments, I am feeling much better since I’ve started seeing Dr. Sureja. From the ladies who work at the front desks, to the radiologists, to the nurses, and to the PAs and doctors, I know that I am in caring hands. It’s a wonderful thing to not have your thoughts clouded every moment by pain, to not feel so hopeless.

Betty Deiters – Pain Management

I am writing this letter to let you know what a wonderful doctor you have in your office. Dr. Raj Sureja has been so good in taking care of me and keeping me going. My little dog and I love to walk all around Port Warwick and thanks to Dr. Sureja I’m able to do that. I thank him every chance I get.

Betty Deiters

R. Livingstone – Pain Management

Testimonial for Dr. Raj Sureja

Osteoarthritis and pain – 2 simple words that cause serious bodily damage. Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint and pain is the sensory and emotional response to that inflammation.

When I was 27 years old, I experienced my first really bad backache due to a disc problem. Physical therapy, muscle relaxants, and a couple days of rest – I was feeling so much better.

The years pass – I now have 7 children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. I’m presently 75 and some days it feels like all my joints are inflamed. It’s difficult to keep up with my family/to do housework and yes, it’s even hard to stand up straight. I need help! I made an appointment with Dr. Sureja. He took x-rays and said that I have spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, cervicalagia and other things I cannot pronounce or spell.

Dr. Sureja is very patient and knowledgeable. He listens intently to my list of complaints. He prescribes medicines/injections/treatments to help my pain. I don’t respond as quickly as I did when I was 27. With some of the pills/capsules, I’ve had strange side effects. The doctor would discontinue and prescribe another one. All this has been challenging for me and the doctor.

My pain is controlled at present and I am able to enjoy my family and even do a bit of yardwork. As I kneel tending my plants, I give thanks for Dr. Sureja – for his brilliant mind and caring personality.

Cristi Hayes – Hip Replacement, Pain Management

Physician – Dr. Haynes

My name is Cristi Hayes. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my right hip, back in 2008 at the age of 35. In February 2013 at the age of 39, Dr. Haynes performed a total hip replacement of my right hip. So I’m here to tell you my story.

I have had problems with my hip since 2007. The main problem was when I would sit down for a while and go to get up, my hip felt like it was stuck. It would be so painful until I worked out the kink. After about a year and a half of pain, I finally broke down and went to go see my primary care physician. After explaining to her what had been going on, she decided to order x-rays and refer me to an orthopedic surgeon. I was originally referred to a different orthopedic surgeon. My experience was not good. With this particular surgeon, I waited for almost 2 hours to get called back into a room and the doctor spent about 5 minutes with me. When I asked him how we could fix my problem, the first thing he said was a total hip replacement. Well, that was not an option for me at that time. The doctor didn’t explain anything to me. I left the office almost in tears. As soon as I left, I called a friend of mine and told her what had just happened. She suggested that I call my primary care physician and get another referral for a different orthopedic surgeon, and she suggested that I go and see someone at Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

I made an appointment with Dr. Petrow. I was very nervous when I arrived at my appointment. I was praying this office visit would be a better experience, since I didn’t have a good experience at the last orthopedic surgeon. It could not have been any better. Dr. Petrow sat down and showed me the x-rays, explained to me what osteoarthritis was. He told me I was too young for a hip replacement, and that there were other options to try before a total hip replacement would even be considered. He wanted to prolong it as long as possible.

We decided that it would be a good idea to try a joint injection in my hip to see how that would work. I saw Dr. Sureja for that procedure. The first injection I received lasted about 2 years. I waited another year before I went back and had another injection. That one lasted about a year. I received my 3rd joint injection in October 2012. Unfortunately for me, it did not relieve the pain. I was told I could receive another injection in 3 months. In December, I started to have a hard time sleeping. I would wake up 5-6 times a night in pain. I decided to go see a doctor about trying to get a prescription to take at night until I was able to see Dr. Sureja for another joint injection. I explained my story to him and he decided to get some x-rays of my hip. He looked at the x-rays and told me what he saw in the x-ray, that he didn’t think the injections would be beneficial to me anymore, and needed to go see my orthopedic surgeon.

I chose to see Dr. Boyd Haynes, since Dr. Petrow was no longer practicing with OSC. Dr. Haynes sat down and talked to me and we decided that it was time to get my hip replaced. Dr. Haynes performed the Anterior Hip Replacement. The surgery went really well. I was in the hospital for 24 hours and up walking the same day of the surgery. Everything was set up with the home health nurse, occupational therapist and physical therapist coming to my home before I even left the hospital. I didn’t have to worry about making any phone calls to set anything up.

I was given exercises to do at home by the physical therapist before I left the hospital. I was told to do them several times a day, which I did. I went off the pain medicine after 10 days. I used a walker for 9 days, and then went to a cane. I used a cane for about a week and a half. After my 2 week follow-up visit with Dr. Haynes, I returned to work. I started outpatient physical therapy, and continued that for 3 weeks and then I was discharged. I still did the exercises at home since I was no longer going to outpatient physical therapy.

One thing everyone needs to keep in mind is that everyone handles pain differently and everyone’s body heals at different rates. Don’t think that right after surgery everything will be 100%. We all have to work at getting our muscles back to normal. I was blessed, as I did not have any complications. I couldn’t have done it without Dr. Haynes doing such a great job. Eight weeks after surgery, I noticed more and more improvements. I could sit down and not have to worry about my hip getting stuck and sleep through the night without waking up 5-6 times in pain. At my 10 week visit, I was told I didn’t have to come back for one year. All is have to say is great things about this practice. One thing that I really appreciate is that the doctors were willing to try other options instead of rushing into surgery. I never waited longer than 20 minutes to get called back to see the doctor. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank Dr. Haynes enough for doing such a great job. You are amazing.

Sherry D. Neff – Pain Management

Prior to being treated by Dr. Raj Sureja at the Orthopaedic and Spine Center, I was a patient at another pain clinic in the area. Over a period of seven to eight years, I had numerous injections in my back and I was on a variety of pain medications. By the time I was seen by Dr. Sureja, I was on ever increasing doses of morphine and hydrocodone. The physician at the pain clinic had asked me what my expectations were. I told him that, eventually, I would like to be able to discontinue taking pain medications. He told me that I was being unrealistic and that this would not happen.

After treatment with Dr. Sureja involving radio frequency denervation, I was able to gradually decrease and then stop the pain medications. I am forever thankful to Dr. Sureja and the staff at Orthopaedic and Spine Center for the excellent care I have received.

Sherry D. Neff