Meet a doctor: Dr. Sundeep Lal
March 8, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 7, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.
• Dr. Sundeep Lal
• Office: 605 E. San Antonio St., Suite 508E, Victoria, TX 77901. 361-575-0500
• Education: I completed my medical degree in India's Armed Forces Medical College before immigrating to the United States where I completed a residency and fellowship in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark. I am a certified diplomat of both the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pain Medicine.
• Time in Victoria: I moved to Victoria in November and opened my Interventional Pain Management practice in December.
• Family: My wife, Arti, and I have been married for 21 years. She is a pediatrician in Austin, and our son attends high school there. I hope they will be able to join me here in Victoria in the very near future.
• Age: 50
• Specialty: As a board-certified physiatrist and pain management physician, I specialize in interventional pain management offering a full-spectrum of services from conservative spine care to advanced procedures including techniques like neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation), nerve blocks/ablation and vertebroplasty.
• Why did you choose to go into pain management?: As a physician, my chief goal is to offer my patients quality of life. Specializing in pain management allows me to help restore my patients to a level of functioning that they cannot achieve while they are hurting. By using interventional pain management procedures, I'm able to provide them with the advanced care they need to optimize pain control, which allows them to enhance mobility and reduce their reliance on numbing medications. In many cases, I'm able to tackle the source of their pain and eradicate it, thereby restoring them to the life they deserve.
• Why did you choose to come to Victoria? I chose to open my practice in Victoria because of the strong medical community here. Victoria physicians have a reputation for providing quality care, and I want to be a part of that. Furthermore, Dr. Linda Wilson's retirement left a void. I believe it's important for patients in the Crossroads area to have a physician who lives in the community and who recognizes the complex nature of pain and treats it using a multi-disciplinary form of management. I want my patients to know that pain medicines are not their only options.
• What are some pain management issues you have seen in our area? I feel it is too early to have an accurate answer yet.