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Endoscopic Spinal Surgery

Endoscopic Spinal Surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery is a less invasive procedure that uses a tube-like device that is linked with a camera, light,and passage as a means for surgical apparatus to pass through. The main benefits of this type of surgery include: less blood loss, smaller cuts, less trauma to muscles, less scarring, quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay. As such endoscopic spinal surgery is a good example of the kind of less invasive surgical option we have become renowned for at the London Spine Unit.

There are four types of endoscopic spinal surgery interventions:

Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy

The procedure is done when a disc herniation (protruding or displaced) presses against nerve roots thus causing pain. The surgeon creates a small cut along the midline of the back. The surgeon then moves the nerve roots to one side and extracts the protruding disc material through endoscopic guidance.

Endoscopic Foraminotomy

A bone overgrowth may either press against or pinch the nerve roots causing pain and inflammation in the area. Endoscopic Foraminotomy corrects the pinching of these roots. The procedure relies on visuals to avoid any disruption to other nearby spine structures.  With a clear view of the affected area our specialist doctors can then enlarge the space around the nerve root to relieve pressure.

Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy

Sometimes chronic back pain is caused by a nerve root terminating pain signals. Endoscopic Facet Rhizotomy is considered when the pain is persistent, and a long-lasting solution to it has not been found. The surgeon locates the pain-causing nerve roots and burns them entirely with the laser hence terminating pain. The benefit of laser surgery is that it accurately pinpoints and breaks down the target area. The body is then able to absorb any resulting debris produced because it is effectively broken down.

Endoscopic Lumbar Laminotomy

This procedure addresses pain in the lower back caused by compressed nerve roots. Just as with other types of endoscopic surgery, the surgeon removes the materials exerting pressure on the nerves thereby promoting recovery.

Our intention is always to put the interest of our patients first. Therefore, we work hard to avoid surgery as the main route to correcting problems in the spine and spinal cord, because although surgery may appear to bring quick relief in some instances it also comes with a number of further complications that are often overlooked. This includes anything from increased risk of infection to seemingly ineffective results because tissues, bones and other materials around the affected area have adapted or changed, thereby potentially causing secondary problems of their own.

Whilst no surgeon can ever promise a hundred percent accuracy of an outcome what we can and always strive for at our world-class clinic is the best outcome based on each patient’s own unique situation. We guarantee high quality, premium healthcare, cutting edge, minimally invasive surgical solutions and all-round medical standards in excellence, which means you can relax in our hands.

Revolutionary Keyhole surgical technique to vaporise bulging discs

Dr Mo Akmal Medical Director
Dr Mo Akmal MD - Lead Spinal Surgeon

Laser Disc Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic at The Harley Street Hospital.

Danny H
Danny H
2021-10-01
L5/S1 Discectomy_ Mo Akmal and his team I am thrilled with my L5/S1 discectomy operation that was performed by Mo Akmal and his team. Immediately after the operation I felt like a different person, no pain whatsoever on my back or right leg as if a mountain was shifted over from my back. To go home the same day and be able to sleep all night on my back without pain was almost a miracle to me after enduring more than two months of continues pain. I am writing this review 3 weeks after my operation and I feel great and I am actually going back to work next week. I am very grateful to Dr Mo Akmal and his team. I absolutely recommend him to anyone with back problem. He preformed my surgery with just 1.5cm cut and he managed it without cutting any piece of bone on my back which means my bone structure stayed intact. He also explained the surgery before the operation in a very clear and friendly way which helped me to understand it well and erased all my fears and concerns about deciding whether to do an operation or not. I also want to commend his team including Dr Lok, Mr Kaleel Ahmad and all the nurses whom all were super friendly during my half day stay at Harley Street Hospital. Thanks again.
customer
customer
2021-09-22
I was really please with the Mr Akmal and his team. They fully explained to me all of my possible options regarding my persistant disc pertrusion (18 months). I opted for a discectomy, which was successful and am currently pain free. On the day of my operation the whole team had an excellent bedside manner and I was made to feel very comfortable in the hospital.
ashwak choudhury
ashwak choudhury
2021-09-19
Awesome service, very attentive, readily available and conveniently able to fit around personal commitments. Highly recommended for specialist spine care. Extremely clean and a very hygenic environment to be in. I've had two sets of spinal injections and a laser disc ablation. I have been under the care of Mo Akmal and he has been nothing short of amazing! Thank you for the amazing and friendly service.
Candida Mead
Candida Mead
2021-09-09
Laser Cervical spine surgery I received outstanding care from Mr Akmal and his team and would highly recommend them. After trying many non invasive treatments for relentless and debilitating neck and arm pain I was referred to The London Spine Unit. I received a swift diagnosis on my first visit of a C7 herniation and given a reassuring trajectory of possible procedures to relieve my symptoms. Since I had not responded to injections I opted for Laser Cervical Spine Surgery to remove the offending disc, which was performed as a day case. Following the procedure I walked out of the hospital with vastly improved symptoms, within a week I was pain free and 2 and a half months on I continue to feel great. I could not have been in more skilled hands, this is medicine at its best.
Janette Gulleford
Janette Gulleford
2021-09-01
The London Spinal clinic was found on the internet. The London Spinal clinic was found on the net by my daughter in Australia who was not happy with the invasive surgery proposed by my local consultant. She wanted a state of the art treatment which was minimal invasive one day procedure. She found me Mr Mo Aktar, who was well recommended, charming and so helpful. He examined my MRI scan and proposed treatment. He explained that the procedure offered to me he would not recommend because it may weaken the vertebrae. He sent me a 32 page guide with detailed explanation of the recommended procedure which seemed to be cutting edge, From my acceptance I was treated as someone very special with a quick date, For the procedure with sedation local. I went home the same afternoon and was monitored with telephone calls from Dr Lon every day for 3 days, I had a review after 2 weeks and discharge after Six weeks. From two hours after the procedure I have been upright, without pain after two weeks. I cannot recommend the clinic more highly. Janette Gulleford
Sandra Holt
Sandra Holt
2021-07-30
AT LAST OUT OF PAIN Following a nasty fall about eighteen months ago, I sustained the start of a very painful back, It started with pins and needles running up and down my right leg getting progressively worse. The pain became unbearable and after various visits to different professionals I decided to book a consultation with Mr Akmal after reading his testimonials which were all positive online. Mr Akmal was very helpful and put me at my ease immediately. I was very sceptical but felt very confident after talking to him for thirty or so minutes. He suggested three alternatives. Physiotherapy, steroid injections or surgery. Having been in severe pain for so long I decided to opt for surgery. I was admitted at 7.30am and discharged at 6.30pm the same day. I found the nursing staff very kind and professional and made me feel reassured because I was very apprehensive. I cannot fault my treatment. I am so pleased with my treatment there and I can say, without any hesitation that I am now out of pain. I would thoroughly recommend this hospital and also Mr M. Akmal.
Michael Delaney
Michael Delaney
2021-07-28
Balloon Kyphoplasty - Highly recommend. I had a Balloon Kyphoplasty procedure carried out by By Dr M Akmal on the 14th June 2021. Dr Akmal was informative regarding the procedure, risks and everything involved. He is a diligent and caring surgeon. The recovery was quick and any after pain was managed by paracetamol and ibuprofen alone. All staff were professional, open and friendly. Sasha - Dr Akmal's secretary, was brilliant in assisting me prior to the procedure. Dr Yuin Lok assisted me post procedure with aftercare advice and follow up telephone consultations. The procedure was a success and overall I am delighted with the outcome and would recommend the London spine unit and all the staff involved in my procedure to anyone. I previously suffered with a dowager's hump (kyphosis) and have noticed a visible difference in my height and I appear to have regained 2 inch's in my height which has also helped with my breathing, digestion and posture. Many thanks to all those involved. Kind Regards, Mr Delaney
Bernard
Bernard
2021-07-19
Excellient Surgeon, Mo Akmal, no pain whatsoever, good after care and very fast recovery.
Daniel
Daniel
2021-06-28
Excellent best clinic in London and dr Akmal is a miracle worker !!!!
Olivia James
Olivia James
2021-06-23
L4/5 Lumbar decompression and dynamic stabilisation. After 4 years of pain and inability to walk far without sitting down to take pressure off my back and leg, Mr Mo Akmal carried out L4/5 decompression and dynamic stabilisation. The relief from the pain was immediate and I was able to walk up straight at last, pain free. The whole process was really easy and straightforward and I was able to leave the hospital the same day. The difference it has made to my life is amazing. Mr Akmal and his team were professional, friendly and kind at every stage. I have no hesitation in recommending their services.
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Mr Mo Akmal has developed revolutionary techniques to perform Day Case Spinal Surgery. We avoid traditional General Anaesthetic for all surgery.

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