Mr Matthew Stenning
13th February 2018
Having had Chronic sciatica for 3 yrs and mobility significantly reduced I went through the process of Physio, acupuncture, Pain Clinic and finally was referred to Mr Stenning.
Despite travelling from Portsmouth for each appointment it has been the best way forward for me. I had severe spinal stenosis at L4/L5 with spondylolisthesis and a spinal fusion was offered. Yes the risks are scary, and yes Mr Stenning did not advise either way. In this age of litigation you are given the facts and decide for yourself. I could not continue in the pain I was having and agreed to surgery.
The staff at every stage were wonderful and I felt really cared for and confident. I was blessed to have an excellent recovery requiring minimal pain relief. I behaved myself in the first 6 weeks post op and followed the strict no bending ,lifting , twisting rules for all of that time.
Mr Stenning visited the first day post op and answered questions. I was grateful to hear that he said that there was no question about it being the right decision to have surgery.
I am just so grateful to him for giving me my life back.
Perhaps if you want a hand holding old school type of Consultant you may be disappointed. I would much rather have someone like Matthew Stenning who treats you as an adult, explains things and does not push you to make an uninformed decision. He is a spinal specialist and if things worsen in my neck (same stenosis problem) I would not hesitate in surgery by him once again.