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Written by a patient at London Bridge Hospital
18th February 2020

If I could put 10 stars, I would. Excellent isn't enough to give to Mr. Khai Lam and his team who guided me through my spinal surgery before and aftercare. Just like you are doing now I read the reviews, they are so important for both consultant and patient/client this being the reason for me writing one. As soon as you meet him he puts you at your ease, he has a warm friendly approach that explains all options, answers all your questions. He is a true professional, genuinely wanting to help. After many years of surgical treatment(endoscopic nucleotomy, 2-discectomy, laminectomy), all without any major relief, spinal fusion surgery was now inevitable. In October 2019 I underwent an L5/S1 single-level ALIF procedure with posterior fusion fixation. I was the first patient in the UK who Mr. Lam performed robotically assisted spinal surgery using ExceisiusGPS Robotic Navigation System. I was discharged on a second postoperative day with great condition. Now four months later I feel excellent. Mr. Lam has given me the ability to live life with all its pleasures, challenges and discomforts. His staff demonstrated the highest professionalism, thoughtfulness, and integrity of any medical facility I've been to. One should have no reservations or concerns regarding the expertise or professionalism of Mr. Lam and his staff.

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Written by a patient at London Bridge Hospital
10th December 2019

I am 4 weeks post-fusion-surgery, and so far Mr. Khai Lam’s surgical intervention 100% cured my chronic back pain emanating from advanced degenerative disc degeneration. AND I had a delightful experience with all involved! I am an American and for various reasons, (some related to my international health insurance) I found it necessary to seek treatment outside the USA. I consulted with experts in the usual expat centers that are marketing heavily to foreigners for spinal surgeries: Germany and Barcelona. I am really comfortable in London and my insurance would cover me there, so I took a chance on consulting with Mr. Khai Lam at the London Bridge Hospital. Even without the insurance, the cost of this surgery in the UK via self-pay is quite reasonable: about a quarter of what the surgery and hospital stay would be in the USA! Worth every penny if you must self-pay to get your life back! Of all the world-renowned surgeons I asked to review my imaging and case, HE was the one who truly got the diagnosis right. And he DIDN’T tell me what I wanted to hear. Many of these surgeons said I was a “great candidate” for ADR (artificial disc replacement, or TDR, total disc replacement, i.e. with an M6, Active-L or other artificial disc). He took the time to carefully and CLOSELY review my imaging with an experienced, almost cynical eye… AND he was the only one to call me immediately for an unhurried, caring consultation to tell me why I was probably NOT a candidate for the ADR, though he would try “in situ” (during the surgery) to give me a disc. But only if it would help and not hurt. In fact, my having ADR might have solved one problem, but due to the destruction of my disc space and the troubled state of my facet joints, it could have caused more pain and new problems. An elegant, perfectly executed fusion surgery seemed the way forward. After a lot of resistance to the idea of a fusion, I was made to understand how a correctly angled “cage” would restore the disc space and my lordosis (in fact, I had a beautiful postural upgrade when all was said and done!). Proper stabilization could end my pain and the mechanics of the surgery could help avoid future adjacent disc syndrome (and more fusions). In November 2019 after a very VERY long period of daily episodes of painful spinal instability and my lifestyle and mentality in a downward spiral, I underwent an L5 S1 single-level ALIF (Anterior Lateral Interbody Fusion). Two days later, I had a robot-assisted posterior fusion fixation to reinforce the ALIF. This is the same surgery that Tiger Woods underwent, by the way. Mr. Lam visited me every day in hospital (I had a 5-night stay) and his consultations are thorough; his bedside manner is impeccable, warm, and he has a wonderful sense of humor. One could not do better. The London Bridge Hospital staff are top notch, as is the setting and services there (excellent food). Mr. Lam’s medical secretaries were responsive and helpful, and helped me push through with my insurance. For anyone reading this, I think it should be stated that when solving a painful condition: you need to take your medical research, your care, and your contact with your chosen surgeon firmly into your own hands. Often you need to be a bit forthright, get in touch, initiate the e-mails and calls (when they don’t return yours)…Push forward, and only go forward once you are totally comfortable with the surgeon, the diagnosis and the proposed procedure. It took me a long time to get all of this right, but my patience paid off. I got to be treated by one of a small handful of THE BEST spine surgeons in the world—one who is also contributing, teaching, researching and writing. Four weeks post-surgery, I am pain-free, flexible, and recovering extremely well. I credit Mr. Lam’s expertise with much of this. Thank you!

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Profile

Mr Lam is a senior Consultant Spinal Surgeon with over 20 years experience in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. He helped establish the internationally renowned Spinal Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital London. He is now working full time at the London Bridge Hospital, which been accredited as a worldclass AOSpine Unit (since June 2016), as well as the King Edward VII Hospital and the London Clinic. He has published extensively and is regarded as a pioneer in innovative spinal surgery procedures, especially minimal invasive spine surgery, and has been involved in a number key product development for Depuy-Synthes, part of Johnson and Johnson. His research work is covered in excess of 100 published scientific papers and presentations in the UK, and internationally. He has lectured extensively in the UK and around the world, and belongs to the AOSpine National and International teaching faculty. Also he sits on the editorial Board of Spine and European Spine Journals. He was the first British recipient of the Gold Medal of Honour presented by Mde Chirac of France, on behalf of the Etoile Européenne du Dévouement Civil et Militaire (EEDCM). He was honoured for his work using minimal invasive techniques in the treatment of children with spinal deformities, and treating Royal Air Force, US Air Force and NATO ejectee pilots. On 29th Jun 2016, His Majesty King Kigeli V, of Rwanda, honoured him as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Lion for his work training surgeons from Africa. Mr Lam continues in both clinical and laboratory research into spinal disorders. He is a key opinion leader in the field of spinal disc replacements, paediatric spinal deformities, and minimal invasive spinal surgery and XLIF surgery and performs over 300 of these cases per year. He has been the surgical training supervisor to over 100 Advanced Training Fellowships for Spinal Surgeons from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East via IGASS and AOSpine (www.igass-spine and www.aopsine.org). On 20 Nov 2091, Mr Lam is the first UK surgeon to perform a minimally invasive Robotic spinal procedure.

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