Cervical bulging disc
I visited Mr Akmal with severe cervical radiculopathy and muscle loss due to a bulging cervical disk. I was unable to pick my children up, work full days or participate in any sports. I had exhausted all other avenues of treatment and had reservations about visiting a surgeon.
Mr Akmal put my mind at ease straight away. He is extremely professional, an excellent communicator and clearly has a great passion and expertise for what he does.
I had an MRI and two consultations in one morning which was extremely convenient and well organised. Mr Akmal then clearly and concisely talked me through the cause of my cervical pain and possible solutions and outcomes of treatments. I felt no pressure to have any procedures carried out and in fact, Mr Akmal discouraged me from surgery straight away due to the possibility of natural recovery. At no point did I feel rushed and Mr Akmal gave me all the time I needed to ask questions. I opted for steroid injections to possibly speed/help this process along.
Unfortunately, the cervical disc was quite stubborn and I returned 6 weeks later to have a cervical laser discectomy procedure.
All of my procedures were carried out onsite at the Harley Street Hospital. The facility is world-class and every member of Mr Akmal’s team were outstanding from start to finish. You truly feel like you are in the best hands possible.
9 months on I am pain-free and have returned to normal life. I am eternally grateful for Mr Akmal’s skill and the manner in which he helped me navigate a horrible chapter in my life.
I cannot recommend Mr Akmal highly enough.
I am 71 years old and since my late thirties been suffering with back pain. The episodes of pain had progressively got worse where the severe pain would come back every other week.
To try and minimise the episodes I was doing Pilates and stretching every day for at least one hour, also having physiotherapy every 2 weeks.
I have seen at least three other back specialists in the past and they all said that I had Chronic Non-Specific Back Pain from reading the MRI scans.
Mr Akmal studied the MRI scan results and could see something more specific and said that the nerves were being impinged by the vertebrae and ligaments and that they needed cut back and the vertebrae stabilised.
The operation took place in May soon after the Covid lockdown period started. I went up in a taxi in the morning and back home in a taxi in the afternoon. The first few days were uncomfortable, but gradually the pain has been easing up, so much so that I am hoping to play golf next week (12 weeks after surgery).
Apparently the impinged nerve was in a bad way, but now over time should come back to being “normal”.
I needed a spinal decompression For an impinged nerve but also had back pain that was uncertain to be alleviated by decompression. Mr Akmal proposed a titanium clip to be fitted at the same time as the decompression. It was all completed as a day patient and I walked to reception for a lift home later the same day. The recovery time has been much reduced and after three weeks, I can already feel a better posture and non of the old lurking lower back pain.
Great treatment by a knowledgeable and caring team. My sincere thanks. Lee C