"Specialist hospital - Exceptional treatment -..."

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to Orthopaedic Specialist and their expert team following my stay in hospital.

I have suffered with lower back pain for the past ten years, initial investigations revealed varying disc degeneration of the lumbar spine area, fortunately there was no evidence of neurological compromise so surgery wasn't necessary and the pain was managed with medication and physiotherapy. Recently my condition had become worse and the onset of sciatica was causing additional discomfort, not only making every day tasks difficult but also disturbed my sleep patterns night after night leading to extreme tiredness and feelings of despair.

Further investigations proved my condition had progressed but was informed on two separate occasions that nothing could be done to combat the pain and surgery was too risky, my only option was to continue with medication even though it had become less and less effective.

In desperation I returned to my GP and was eventually referred to the specialist for their specialist opinion.

Following my initial consultation, they fully explained all my options and was confident that surgery was needed and this would relieve the sciatica and greatly reduce my lower back pain.

I agreed to the surgery which took place three months ago and I'm pleased to say it has been a success. Even though it's still early days, my symptoms have vastly improved, I haven't felt this comfortable in years and no longer need to rely on constant medication.

I would certainly recommend treatment at this hospital following my experience and here are some of the reasons why:

The highly experienced team of specialists provide expert advice and treatment

The initial consultation was in depth and not rushed

All your concerns and questions are answered in detail

Treatment options/alternatives are explained with the expected outcomes

The hospital is a clean and safe environment

All staff members are friendly, caring and dedicated

I felt total confidence in the teams ability at all times

The waiting times are short

The food is excellent

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