"Back on track"

About: St George's Hospital (Tooting) / Neurosurgery

(as the patient),

As an amateur triathlete it was extremely frustrating to be be unable to ride my bicycle for more than 5 minutes before I'd have to give up due to the pain in my left shoulder. I can only describe it as a burning sensation together with a numbness and tingling down my left arm and hand. Three months of private physiotherapy didn't help and I ended-up going to my GP who referred me for an MRI scan. This revealed a compressed nerve in my cervical spine that was 'referring' pain to my shoulder and hand.

The consultant, Mr Matt Crocker, (another triathlete as luck would have it) carefully explained the diagnosis and my treatment options. He explained that although this 'decompression' surgery meant an overnight stay in hospital (and like all surgery had inherent risks) it was a relatively routine procedure.

Under the expert care of Mr Henry Marsh (another cyclist) my operation was perfomed at the end of September and I spent one night with the attentive staff of Brodie Ward.

I consider the operation a great success. For the first time in six months I've been able to enjoy my active lifestyle pain-free and am already training for my next triathlon.

Thank you St George's Neurosurgey Team.

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