19 Harley St, London, W1G 9QJ, UK

Laser Discectomy PLDD

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Advantages of Laser Disc Surgery

Laser Discectomy PLDD – A discectomy involves the cutting away or removal of discs anywhere along the spine. The procedure can be a solution to any painful condition that causes the discs to bulge or protrude.

Laser Discectomy PLDDOur preferred method for performing a discectomy at the London spine unit is through the use of a laser. We have been harnessing the latest advancements in medical technology to carry out Laser Discectomies for many years because it poses less risk to sensitive surrounding tissues, blood vessels and nerves. As such, the procedure offers a greater chance of a successful outcome for the hundreds of patients who visit our specialist back unit every year.

As a surgical treatment, Laser Discectomy offers great flexibility too. Whether the problem exists in the larger areas of the lower or mid back or the more restricted and sensitive area of neck, where it is common for the whole disc to be removed and replaced with an artificial substitute, lasers help our surgeons to quickly target and eliminate the core of the problem.

How Laser Discectomy helps

During a Laser Discectomy a thin capillary optical fibre is inserted into the spine. A fine needle is threaded through this and then a laser probe through the needle. The whole procedure is done under x-ray guidance to ensure the exact disc material is vaporised. The body can then more easily absorb these fragments, making the procedure simple and straightforward enough to be carried out under supervised sedation as a day case and without the risks associated with general anaesthesia. Overnight stay at our Harley Street Hospital following Laser Discectomy is rare.

Advantages of Laser Discectomy:

  1. Unlike surgery, it is minimally-invasive
  2. Post-operative pain is reduced
  3. Recovery is quicker
  4. Infections and other risks associated with surgery are reduced

Our spine unit offers the most comprehensive assessment for neck and back pain. With a world-class equipped facility, and an equally outstanding medical team of doctors, nurses and therapists, we have a reputation for making the most accurate diagnosis of any condition affecting the spine and then to offer the least invasive treatment possible.

Our approach to treatment is always conservative first, in which case we will recommend a combination of medication and therapies such as osteopathy or physiotherapy to help improve symptoms while the body naturally recovers. Laser Discectomy, being friendlier to the body than conventional discectomy, would be our next port of call should any conservative treatment fail to bring improvements in a patient’s condition.

We are always striving to ensure we provide our patients with the best diagnosis, treatment and care possible, pre-, post and peri-op.

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.
David Marks
David Marks
2021-06-21
Fantastic medical care I was suffering severe pain in my left leg; diagnosed by my GP as nerve related but no painkillers were having any real effect. Armed with an MRI, I saw Mr Akmal who said immediately that he knew what the problem was an recommended a surgical intervention as a guided cortisone injection would only provide temporary respite. The surgery recommended was the insertion of a small piece of titanium between the two vertebrae that were compressing the nerves going into my leg. I was advised that there were risks, although Mr Akmal's experience was that these risk were minimal. Surgery was arranged for the following week. I visited the hospital the day before the date arranged for surgery to have a number of pre-admission tests and all were fine. I came back the following day at 08:00 and was shown to a glass pod and changed for surgery. A local anaesthetic and sedation were administered and I was unaware of anything until I woke up shortly after the procedure. Within three hours of surgery I was walking, albeit somewhat gingerly and my wife collected me by car at 18:15 that evening to take me home. The nursing staff were very caring and helpful. I had clear instructions of what I needed to do in the two weeks after discharge and then saw Mr Akmal and his colleague 15 days later who inspected the wound from the surgery and said that they were satisfied with how I was healing. I would also mention that I had a phone call at from either Mr Akmal or a colleague to check on how I was doing and inviting me to call if if I was worried about anything every day apart from one for the six days after surgery. More importantly, the relief from the extreme pain was instantaneous. I am walking with a better posture and have had minimal soreness from the procedure. Overall, I would say that my experience was exceptional. I felt well looked after by a team expert in the issue and have immediate and a significant improvement in the quality of my life. There is, as I was told there would be, some residual discomfort from the nerve, which I am sure was in trauma and from the relevant muscles but this improves every day
Martin Williams
Martin Williams
2021-06-03
change your life... I've just completed 3 months with Spine Central and set to continue. after using other Chiro's before I can't tell you how much of a level up this is. My overall health, posture and 'lack of back pain' have really opened me up to a better future. being a Dad of a young 3 year old, I can enjoy the time so much with my Boy. thank you Spine Central.
Lisa P
Lisa P
2021-06-01
Mo Akmal & his team at The Spine unit were absolutely fantastic! My mother walked into the hospital in terrible pain & walked out a few hours later pain free ! She is 87 and now feels like 67 ! The attention she got was excellent I would highly recommend!

London Spine Unit Harley Street Hospital

A Focus on High Quality Specialised Care

We are a specialist Private Hospital based on Harley Street, London UK The Harley Street Hospital, Day Surgery Hospital

We provide exclusive health services for individuals seeking Advanced medical, non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments. We are covered by All Insurance Companies apart from AXA PPP

Our Medical Director and Lead Spinal Surgeon Mr Mo Akmal MD is a world renowned Spine Specialist Consultant with over 20 years of experience. He and his team have developed revolutionary techniques to perform all types of Spinal Surgery as a Day Case procedure without traditional General Anaesthetic.

We are constantly improving our techniques for treatment and improving facilities for our patients.

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All Spinal Surgery performed as an Outpatient procedure without General Anaesthetic

laser discectomy

A Minimally Invasive Procedure

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

Our Prices

Initial Consultation

with Consultant Spine Surgeon
£ 250
  • No Waiting Times
  • Top NHS affiliated Consultant
  • Includes Clinical Review and Report
  • Multidisciplinary discussion
  • Review of Previous Scans and Reports

Follow up Consultation

any appointment after initial consultation
£ 180
  • Top NHS affiliated Consultant
  • Includes Clinical Review and Report
  • Multidisciplinary discussion

Highest Resolution MRI Scan

any Single Region (3.0 Tesla)
£ 600
  • No waiting times
  • Includes Full Radiologist Report
  • Open or Closed MRI scan types
  • Copy of Scan on CD

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Pre-Booked Online
£1130
£ 800
  • Initial Consultation
  • MRI Scan (Single Region)
  • Follow Up consultation
  • Same Day One Stop Visit
  • Full Medical and MRI scan Report
  • Copy of scan on CD
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