"Back and leg pain/Microdiscectomy"

About: BMI - Thornbury Hospital (Sheffield)

(as the patient),

I started to get leg and back pain around September last year, having had sciatica before I booked myself in for some physio sessions as I had previous success following that route.

After a couple of sessions I felt a lot better and stopped going, after two weeks it was back but a lot worse, several sessions later including a couple of sessions of acupuncture with little relief, my therapist advised me to make an appointment with a back specialist. I contacted BUPA who gave me a local specialist to see, Dr Abhinay Kamat.

From my first consultation I have been treated with nothing but total respect along with a very understanding manner from Dr Kamat regarding my condition and what was required, a very comprehensive explanation of what was needed and how it would be done. My MRI scan was booked, I saw the Doctor for my results to be told and shown what he had diagnosed without the scan.

I had a trapped nerve due to a crushed disc in L5/S1 and needed a microdiscectomy. I was shown on the scan where the problem was and shown on a model what would happen.

My operation was booked very quickly, on my arrival at the Thornbury in Sheffield I was visited in my room by Dr Kamat who explained what would happen.

Everything went to plan and as I was assured it would, after my operation and a visit the following morning from physio I was allowed home 23 hours after the operation. The next couple of days were slow but after a week I felt comfortable enough to drive my car, (that's not a recommendation). I am on the large side so everyone is different.

From start to finish I cannot express how good my treatment was Dr Kamat and his team have given me my life back and I would recommend him 100%.

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Response from Abhinay Kamat, Neurosurgery

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Dear "bad back Harry " ,

I wish to thank you on behalf of my team at the One Health Group in Sheffield and BMI thornbury hospital for taking the time to leave your kind and valued comments.

I will pass on this extremely motivating feedback to the relevant teams involved.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Abhinay Kamat

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