"Spine Surgery"

About: Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist Hospital Site

I had suffered for just shy of 2 decades with severe back pain and seen just about everyone for physio, acupuncture, alexander technique, tens machines, serious pain killers, back supports etc etc. I was under the care of a loal consultant who forcefully urged me to undertake spine blocks which would give me a 30% chance of pain relief but at higher risks of damage to my spine or nerves etc and could cause me more pain. He refused to do anything else for me. This is when i asked my GP to refer me to see a consultant at OSSH Peterborough to give me a second opinion. I had heard about his work through a close family member who had been a patient of his on several occasions. My GP was concerned about the fact that i would be travelling approx 200 miles across the country to see this man but his reputation was so good i wasn't prepared to see anyone else. After speaking with the consultant, i felt very confident about what was to be a major spine operation with 6-18 months of recovery afterwards, I left feeling hopeful i could eventually have a more normal life style. I am now post op and recovering well. I have been given my life back and cannot thank the consultant enough for his life changing work! This consultant is very smart, professional, easy to understand, puts you at ease, has the time to answer all your questions, share a few jokes and of course the most crucial bit, perform his magic in theatre! The staff at OSSH are warm and friendly and very professional. Thank you to everyone who cared for me and played their part in changing my life for the better. xxxxx

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