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Written by a carer at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
27th September 2020


My son (15) was referred to Mr Mokawem for spinal surgery & we are so glad he was. Mr Mokawem really put my son at ease, explained the position clearly & was honest with the risks. We felt we received excellent care at all times. The results of the surgery were unbelievable and if people did find themselves in the unfortunate position of needing spinal surgery, we really couldn't recommend Mr Mokawem more highly.

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Written by a carer at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
22nd September 2020


My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis at our local hospital. We had private medical insurance and therefore we looked to find a consultant that could help our daughter. I read many consultants resume, but Mr Mokawem's was very informative and listed his medical achievements, this gave me the confidence to arrange an appointment. Based on what I had read we arranged the initial consultation. Mr Mokawem had seen the X-ray from our local hospital and then did an examination of our daughter and confirmed she has what was known as idiopathic scoliosis, and what this meant. Explained that due to the severe curve, a brace wouldn't correct it, it could get worse, and the only way to correct it was to have surgery. If we didn't have the surgery then the curve would more than likely get worse. As a family we was told the next step, which was getting an MRI to check that it was only the idiopathic scoliosis and then go from there. At every visit and x-ray going forward Mr Mokawem would update us with the progression of the curve and after trying a brace to help slow or maintain the curve. We came to the decision that my daughter would like to have the surgery. Mr Mokawem in depth told us of all the risks that are involved with surgery and the recovery period. Mr Mokawem has a very calming manner and I never felt rushed or that my time was up. Always answered any questions and I generally felt that we have made the right decision in appointing Mr Mokawem as our consultant. All communication via email or phone with his private practice manager was excellent too.

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Written by a patient at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
17th September 2020


This is a review for Orthopaedic spine consultant Mr M Mokawem. I was referred to RNOH Stanmore by my GP and CCG. Scans and consultations have been arranged by Mr Mokawem’s NHS secretary Mary and his private secretary Jeanette. Both have been fantastic, friendly and efficient with consultation notes issued swiftly after each consultation with Mr Mokawem. The consultations with Mr Mokawem have been excellent. Mr Mokawem always explained in detail the findings of the scans, talking me through the detail of each, and was very clear in describing the options available to me. It is clear Mr Mokawem has exceptional skill and knowledge. I have always felt I was in the best possible care. This is a superstar consultant. I cannot recommend Mr Mokawem highly enough.

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Written by a patient at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
20th August 2020


This is a review for Orthapedic Consultant Surgeon Mr Mokawem under Private Care at RNOH Stanmore. I had been suffering for many years with pain in my back, legs and feet caused by a worn lower disc leading to bone on bone and a trapped nerve. There was a very good chance that an operation would greatly help, and I had previously tried for a long time to get one done via the NHS, but there were some complications which acted as a barrier to this happening. Despite not being well off, I decided I wanted to consider self funding because I believe that health is more important than money. After doing some research and reading reviews for Mr Mokawem and his long list of specialist qualifications, I decided to contact Mr Mokawem and I am very glad that I did. His wife Jeanette is the Private Care Practice Manager, and therfore the first point of contact for Mr Mokawem in the Private Care area. I would just like to say that she was amazing, not only putting up with my countless email questions but answering all of them very efficiently, sometimes out of hours and even at weekends. I did of course get direct responses from Mr Mokawem when needed, and he gave very detailed honest and precise information which I greatly appreciated. They both did everything possible to help, and Mr & Mrs Mokawem make a great team! When I met Mr Mokawem in person for my initial consultation, he was increadibly approachable, professional and made some very detailed notes. He explained everything in great detail and gave me plenty of opportunity to ask questions. He was very patient. My gut feeling was that I should trust him. Following this, over a period of time we discussed many options before it could be decided if an operation was the best course of action. Once it was established that an operation could have a good outcome and that he was willing to offer it , I had no hesitation. I met with him again later so that he could plan the operation with me, and he was very honest about all of the possible risks, and allowed me plenty of thinking time, making it clear that I could change my mind at any time. After a health assessment at the hospital, two weeks of isolation (due to COVID-19) a COVID-19 test, and an MRSA swab test, the operation was carried out at RNOH Stanmore on 1st August 2020. COVID-19 procedures were followed throughout my stay at the hospital. Mr Mokawem came to see me several times before the operation and also after the operation to make sure everything was OK. I felt like I was being looked after very well. The operation itself went very smoothly and there were no problems despite it being a very long and complicated surgery requiring a second surgeon, two entry points and a titanium cage. For those of you that understand the lingo: (V3340) Primary anterior discectomy, decompression and anterior fusion + instrumentation - lumbar region (1 level) (V3362) Primary posterior fusion with instrumentation +/- decompression +/- discectomy (lumbar region). I woke up in the recovery room feeling pretty great, and I even ate the sausage and bacon breakfast that the staff brought me, not realising that I only felt great because of the drugs LOL. Once they wore off I felt sore for a couple of days, but it was actually still not that bad. I had micro doses of Morphine on a push button which definately helped. After two days I was able to walk a bit, by the third day I was able to walk well and climb stairs. By the fourth day I was able to go home to recover! Mr Mokawem kept in touch while I was at home and made it clear that I could contact him at any time. I remain under his care and follow up appointments with scans will later track my progress. I am glad that my back is fixed, as it may have become worse with time, requiring an operation later on in life. While I was in hospital, it was pretty clear talking to all the staff there that Mr Mokawem was very well liked by all. They said that he always had time for them and treated everybody well which I am not at all surprised to hear. If you are considering a private care procedure, I can't reccomend Mr Mokawem enough. I don't think you'll find a better surgeon or a more caring person Also, if you make enquiries you'll get fast responses. Thanks for reading, and whatever your problem I wish you a speedy solution.

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Written by a carer at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
23rd July 2020


Mr Mokawem has always been willing to answer any questions we have. He recently performed a corrective spinal fusion on my daughter. He did not rush her into the decision of the procedure. In fact he encouraged her to go away and think about all the benefits and risks to her life and future, before making any decisions. During our 12 day stay in hospital, Mr Mokawem visited my daughter daily. He again answered all questions we had, and willingly helped me sort out a couple of queries. Mr Mokawem always complied with COVID19 PPE. Mr Mokawem is a very caring, calm and patient surgical consultant.

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Mr Michael Mokawem was awarded the iWantGreatCare certificate of excellence in 2021 for delivering outstanding care.

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Mr Mokawem is a consultant spinal surgeon specialising in all aspects of spinal surgery with a particular interest in paediatric and adult spine deformities. He advises on non-operative and operative management and supports patients in making fully informed decisions. He uses minimally invasive techniques, computer navigated surgery and traditional open techniques as appropriate. His paediatric scoliosis practice encompasses the full repertoire of management strategies and he is aiming to offer vertebral body tethering in selective cases. Mr Mokawem completed the prestigious National Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals. This is a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship which covers the breadth of spinal surgery and the full spectrum of spinal conditions in both paediatric and adult patients. He completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the internationally recognised Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. This included minimally invasive and computer navigated surgery, paediatric deformity surgery and spinal tumour surgery. He undertook an educational visit in September 2018 to the Eifelklinik, Germany to learn about vertebral body tethering. Mr Mokawem has presented at national and international spine surgery conferences and has published in peer reviewed journals. Memberships:British Association of Spine SurgeonsRoyal College of Surgeons of England

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