I recently had L4/L5 spinal fusion surgery, performed by Robin Bhatia and his team. I am now seven weeks post surgery and feel I have my life back. After many years of back and leg pain.The pre op information and support I received was excellent, all my questions and concerns were answered in a way I could understand. Any tests needed were carried out prior to my surgery date, which made me feel I was definetly fit for the operation. The day of the operation I felt very supported and reasured, the whole team were amazing, especially the anaesthetist. At all times, I certain felt safe and secure. Mr Bhatia took special precautions with my care, surgical wound and treatment due to other medical conditions I have. I felt he tailored my treatment to suit me and I felt he cared for me as a person, not just another back operation. Im sure that the high level of care that he and the team gave me has meant my recover has been very fast and very successful. I would certainly recommend Robin Bhatia and his team to anyone requiring spinal surgery.
From the moment I met Mr Bhatia I was impressed with his style of direct, transparent communication. He listened to what I was saying and was able to identify what the actual issue was. I have scoliosis and have seen several consultants overtime who kept saying the problem was 'complicated'. I kept saying I had a pain down my leg and in my back, separate from the back pain of a twisted spine. The thought of having to have my whole spine fused was not something I had considered and it was scary, I just wanted the excruciating pain to stop and have more mobility to carry on with my everyday activities as I had done previously. He was able to separate the two issues and treated the trapped nerve only. From the decompression surgery I have achieved less pain, which means less pain killers and more mobility. My whole hospital experience was excellent from start to finish. All the staff from doctors, anaesthetists and nurses were helpful, friendly and professional. Thank you to you all especially Mr Robin Bhatia for identifying the problem and helping me through it. I am very grateful. Alsace Elaine Shepherd
A BRILLIANT MAN! By James Martin I was diagnosed with "progressive cervical myelopathy" after an mri scan on the 26th June 2016, with a significant degree of canal stenosis at C5/6 due to disc-osteophyte and significant cord signal change. I underwent surgery on Wednesday 17th August 2016 to have an "Anterior cervical decompression fixation. I had lost approximately 70% sensation to 3 fingers on my left hand, approximately 40% loss to my entire left side. It's now less than 48hrs after my surgery. I'm home, sensation is returning already! I cannot thank Mr Bhatia and his entire team at Great western hospital swindon enough. Mr Bhatia listened to everything I had to say in the consultations with him before surgery, excellent bedside manner, excellent trust. Thank you so so much Forever grateful, James Edward msrtin
I was advised to visit Swindon hospital after experiencing numb and burning sensations around my genitals and left thigh, and after an MRI scan Mr Bhatia explained that i had cauda equina syndrome which was a burst disc in my lower back that was pressing into my spinal chord. He showed me the scan and further explained the long term risks of the damage being caused, such as requiring a catheter or paralysis. He clearly explained 3 options that i could take, surgery to try and repair the damage, epidural injections for pain relief or using physiotherapy treatment to try help the damage. He also explained the best outcomes and risks involved with each option, strongly advising surgery for the best chance of a full recovery. After i was given time to consider my options, i decided on surgery on Mr Bhatia's advice. He explained the procedure including each stage of the surgery and recovery both in Swindon hospital and at home. Mr Bhatia came to see me in the recovery ward shortly after i woke, and explained the surgery went perfectly, making sure i was comfortable and reassuring me that with the correct physiotherapy i would make a 100% recovery. 4 weeks after my surgery, my back felt strong enough to continue my running and training, and the incision had healed so well it was hardly noticeable. I cannot speak highly enough of Mr Bhatia, for explaining the original diagnosis, his experience and advice in helping me make my decision and his ability and amazing results in surgery.