"Anterior Cervical Disectomy and Fusion (ACDF)"

About: BMI - Thornbury Hospital (Sheffield) The One Health Group Ltd

(as the patient),

I was referred to Mr Abhinay Kamat Consultant Neurosurgeon, following an MRI scan. I had suffered from back and shoulder pain for years and had always been told it was muscular, I was totally unprepared to be referred to a neurosurgeon.

Mr Kamat, instantly put my husband & I at ease, taking time to explain what was causing my pain and actually confirmed many of my my symptoms, the headaches, numbness & tingling in the fingers etc. Mr Kamat explained I required an ACDF, at C5,6,& 7. In layman terms he took the trouble to state exactly how the procedure would be done, how long I would be in hospital, and agreed I could still go on holiday.

I recently went for my pre-admission check at the Thornbury Hospital. The nurse was lovely but caused me concern as she thought I was being very optimistic at only being in hospital for 24 hours, (I hate hospitals).

Later, as a very scared patient I was admitted to the Thornbury Hospiatal, Mr Kamat and all of his team could not have been more understanding. Immidiately following surgery I had no pain in my shoulders, & I could feel my fingers for the first time in 10 years.

To my delight I was allowed home the follwing day - 24 hours and it was all over. I was advised to undertake physio with just a couple of exercises to do, to walk and take pain killers regularly.

Once home I took my pain killers for a couple of days reducing them to only when needed or just before going to bed. The exercises I did them throughout the day but I ensured that I was taken for a walk from day 2. To start with not far, but I quickly built up to walking 1/4 mile then to a mile or so.

Eight weeks later there are still some things that I cant do, but other than being a bit stiff I am pain free.

If only I had met Mr Kamat 10 years ago!!!!!!

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Response from Abhinay Kamat, Neurosurgery

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Dear "Beccy",

I wish to express my thanks on behalf of my team at One Health and at BMI Thornbury Hospital for the time that you took to leave your comments on the treatment that you have received at the BMI Thornbury under my care. It is extremely motivating for a surgeon and his team to receive this valuable feedback which has a positive impact on our practice.

Abhinay Kamat

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