"I underwent an anterior discectomy in January."

This was advised by the consultant after several years of increasing discomfort and limitations. The consultant was crystal clear about both the straightforwardness and benefits of the procedure. It was, in the end, an easy decision to make. Once in the hospital I was anxious but this decreased as I met the consultant, anaesthetist and theatre staff. Outside the theatre doors I was amazingly relaxed. The consultant answered all my many questions before and after surgery and was very prescriptive about what i could do and when after the operation.

With regards to recovery and benefits the experiences and the steps forward were exactly as predicted by the consultant. Almost 5 months on the pain and discomfort have gone and I can do things I simply couldn't before, things as simple as removing the lid to the kettle to weeding and planting in the garden.

I would advise anyone to take treatment at this hospital.

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