Mr Orpen performed a spinal fusion L5/S1 with full instrumentation on me in April 2015 at the BMI in Wroughton. I had been in excruciating pain for over two years and was prescribed a ridiculous amount of medication including Tramadol, Pre-Gablin and Amitriptyline. Before the operation walking was a real problem, as was sleeping and performing any tasks that involved standing up. The days and months after the operation were quite challenging but I followed Mr Orpen's instructions and advice regards rehab and within six weeks was off all medication. The main difficulty being the withdrawals not spine or operation related pain. I took things slowly but consistently and by six months I was moving freely and attending the gym and pool regularly. I gave myself a target to complete a sprint distance triathlon by May 2016. I achieved this as well as two other triathlons throughout the summer of 2016. I have built on this and am now entered in two standard distance and one sprint distance triathlons for summer 2017 as well as a bike sportive with my son. My life is unrecognisable to how it was pre op. I can interact with my 10 & 8 year old children and am back to work full time. I couldn't give Mr Orpen and his team any more credit than to say their intervention has totally changed the quality of both mine and my children's lives. Thank you so much. PS: Aiming for a Half Ironman distance triathlon next year (2018) :-)
I had the pleasure of meeting mr Orpen march 2016, I have a prolapse disc and bulges. Mr Orpen , with me, looked at my MRI scan, talked about my work and lifestyle. I found mr Orpen, straight talking, no nonsense , no false promises. I thought his diagnoses and suggestions of treatment, put my mind at ease, after 20 yrs plus of , many wks off work per yr, the cost of massage, and osteopathy over the yrs which must be in the thousands. It was the nerve control injections in my lower spine that were decided upon. May the 4th 2016, I had the injections in my spine, all over in a matter of minutes. Again no promises, BUT mr Orpen was spot on, the transformation in my back was incredible, no pain at all, yrs I have put up with pain, I felt like a new person. 8 + months, But as I was told, I may need to have this done again to keep me pain free. So I'm in the throws of making an appointment. I would recommend mr Orpen 200%.
Found Mr Orpen to be very understanding. My operation was a complete success. I am now able to get on with my life. Can't thank Mr Orpen enough. Would recommend him.
After seeing Neil Orpen today for my initial consultation I left Ridgeway B.M.I hospital stunned at how little help or advice for help I was given. I have issues in 3 different sections of my back which have affected me for years and in the last year have collapsed 14 times all of which put me out of being able to walk for weeks at a time. This has caused me to lose my job, relationship and my family. The results of the MRI on lower back showed compression in discs and buldges, multiple endplate irregularities, disc extrusion, shmorl nodes indicating the presence of shuermams disease. I'm not sure if these things are what's causing me chronic pain but I have read of many fixes/treatments to try from casestudys. Neil Orpen told me today that none of these are an option and its not able to be fixed by surgery. I asked about a cortazone injection which two of my family members had in same situation to which his reply its pointless as it would only last a couple of weeks. Now correct me if I'm wrong or does that sound like someone willing to help with my pain? After telling him my life has come to a stop since all of this started for him to tell me its a hereditary issue. This doesn't make it untreatable. The reason for me making the decision to write this review is when he talked to me sarcastically and said that he doubts anything will show on scans further up my back. Was told he would write to me rather than wasting time for both. I'm sorry I wasted your time with my issue. Last he sked what my physio therapist said about my back, I told him that the physio said it was a bad idea to continue sessions as my muscles are In guard mode and could end up doing more damage to which he said oh well I guess they just loosened up by themselves. How would he know by looking at them? I think this was the biggest joke of an experience with a healthcare professional I've ever had. Reported it straight to my GP and am being referred for a 2nd opinion elsewhere as everyone who u have told and the person who came in the meeting with me thinks I was not treated as having a serious problem. Regards
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