Mr George Spink
26th July 2022
In 2016 I started getting tingling in my arms, hands and legs. By 2019 the symptoms were getting worse and I was also getting numbness in my legs. By the end of 2021, in addition to these symptoms, I was feeling weakness in my hands and legs resulting in loss of balance and walking as if drunk. At this stage I had a full spinal, neck and head MRI scan through my GP on the NHS following which my GP recommended having a consultation with a Neurosurgeon.
After carrying out research on neurosurgeons I was impressed with the reviews and experience of Mr Spink so I made an appointment to see him at the Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital.
At the consultation Mr Spink put me and my wife at ease and went through the results of the scan which clearly showed compression on my spinal cord affecting the nerves at the C5/C6 level. Mr Spink went through the possible outcomes if I decided not to have surgery and then what an operation would entail, the risks involved and the possible outcomes. Once I decided to go ahead with the operation (C5/C6 Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion) I contacted Mr Spink and he arranged for the operation to go ahead as a matter of urgency.
I went for my operation at the Spire Hospital on 28 May 2022. Mr Spink came to see me and talked through things just before the operation. By lunchtime I was back on the ward feeling relatively fine with no pain and no tingling in my arms and hands. Mr Spink again came to check on me shortly after I got back to the ward and said that the operation had gone well which was very reassuring. The next morning I was out of bed and preparing to be discharged. Mr Spink came to see me before discharge and I remarked to him that I couldn’t believe the difference in how I was feeling before and after the operation. I was in no pain or discomfort, my balance was much improved, my legs and hands felt stronger and that I felt back in control of my limbs.
I had a follow up appointment with Mr Spink on 19 July 2022 by which time my walking had continued to improve although he had always said that full recovery could not be guaranteed and walking would take the longest to recover however I am delighted with the progress so far and very optimistic about the future.
Mr Spink and the team did a thoroughly professional job for which I am extremely grateful and would highly recommend anyone who needs to consult with a neurosurgeon to look no further than Mr Spink.