Mr Rathnam Sundaram

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Written by a patient at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
7th June 2020

I was finding that my legs over a period of 12-18 months were always feeling like lead. I saw my GP who tested the pulse in my feet and said it was ok. It was only when my partner made an appointment to see a chiropractor that she told me there was something not quite right as I wasn't standing straight and not walking properly. She suggested an MRI to see what was going on. When she received the results she immediately contacted me to say I needed surgery sooner rather than later. This lead me to Mr Sundaram who identified a bony spur compressing the spinal cord. This was causing gradual paralysis in my thighs and loss of feeling which would only keep getting worse. He was very concise in the way he explained the situation and was very honest about the different outcomes that could arise from what he described as complicated surgery due to it being T8-T10 a very sensitive part of the spine of which he only saw maybe 1 case every 2 years. Without the operation I would end up in a wheelchair so my best option was to try stop it getting any worse as there was already permanent damage. He did the operation within 3 weeks of first seeing me. When I came out of surgery I still had leg movement. Next day I was on my feet albeit shuffling but was allowed home. After 4 days I was standing straight again. After 10 days I was walking heel toe for the first time. The feeling returned to my legs. 6 weeks later I was able to return to work stronger and fitter than ever. From not being able to walk more than 50 yards I am easily walking 5k and am better than in a long time. I cant thank Mr Sundaram enough for his care, concern and fast action, but above all his skill. he has given me my life back. Jeff Cheltenham

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Written by a carer at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
20th March 2020

Having arrived at A&E by Ambulance my wife was faced with an acute spinal emergency. Following MRI investigations and consultations Mr Sunaram took her under his wing. He listened, he cared, he operated. After a slow start my wife took her first faltering steps. Supported by more than two months of rehab, twelve months later she is able to stand and walk with a trolley. A miracle which many of us did not expect. So thank you Mr. Sundaram fir achieving the "impossible" and along with a stair lift plus other support, restoring my wife's life to some sense of almost normality. The alternative does not bear thinking about. Words aren't enough....actions count...what a star!

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Written by a patient at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
12th March 2020

In June 2019 I fell off a ladder in Spain, resulting in a painful stiff neck. The next day I had an x-ray at the local hospital and was given the all clear. Two months later when I still had some discomfort, I saw my GP to investigate physiotherapy. As a precaution she arranged another x-ray, which resulted in me not being allowed home and sent by ambulance to Gloucester Royal. Following further x-rays, CT and MRI scans, it was clear that I had broken my neck, the C5 vertebrae had been displaced and I was very lucky to be walking around. I first met Mr Sundaram with my wife on the day of the operation. The environment was not the most conducive to serious discussion, as we had been put in a not very comfortable small room, due to lack of space. Mr Sundaram was very forthright, perhaps too forthright, in explaining the risks of the operation, which frightened my wife, to such an extent that she did not want me to go ahead. Despite this I went ahead with the operation and was delighted with the outcome. As it was sometime since the vertebrae had been displaced, there was some concern that it might not be possible to relocate it and it would have to be pinned as it was, leaving me with with a permanently disfigured neck. When I woke up after the operation, I was delighted to find that Mr Sundaram had skilfully relocated the vertebrae and my neck was back to normal. Subsequent to the operation my meetings with Mr Sundaram have shown him to be very approachable with friendly manner, willing to listen and discuss matters. I could not have been in better hands.

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Written by a patient at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
21st January 2020

Mr Rathnam Sundaram saved my life! I suffered from back pains for several years treated by pain medication and physiotherapy however when it turned into sciatic pain down the leg it became agony....like scalding water pouring down with electric shock if I moved.. After two visits to the Newport hospital where I was sent home with pain killers, Morphine, Gabapentin, Codeine and Paracetamol...... all at the maximum dose allowed I was at my wits end.... I could not stand the pain and seriously planned suicide. My wife called an ambulance which took me to Gloucester Royal...... I was examined by Mr Rathnam Sundaram who listened sympathetically, diagnosed the problem and arranged for spinal surgery within three days..... He performed the operation himself. On waking in recovery after the operation THE PAIN HAD GONE!! It has never returned and I can move freely for the first time in years. In spite of being overworked the hospital and staff were wonderful. Mr Rathnam Sundaram not only saved my life but gave me a new lease. Thank You, Thank You

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Written by a patient at Winfield Hospital
10th January 2020

After suffering pain for a couple of years and eventually having to give up work because of it, I was referred to Mr Sundaram at the Winfield Hospital who diagnosed spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis. I had already tried physiotherapy which hadn't helped and no analgesics seemed to have any effect, so he suggested trying injections which relieved the pain for ten days but unfortunately did not give me long term relief. The only alternative was decompression and spinal fusion which I was quite nervous about (the thought of someone working so near to the spinal cord was not a pleasant one), but I have to say Mr Sundaram inspired me with the greatest confidence because it was obvious he knew exactly what he was talking about and I felt in safe hands. He explained everything very well including any possible problems post op and gave me the opportunity to ask questions which he answered to my satisfaction. I had the op in August 2019 and have never looked back. He gave me back a life that I thought had gone for ever. I can now walk and stand without pain and am back to walking every day and doing most of the things I enjoyed before the bad old days. I will be eternally grateful to him. He's a brilliant surgeon. Carole Hughes, Cirencester

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