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Mr Rathnam Sundaram

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Written by a NHS patient at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
25th February 2021


After 25 years of being fobbed off with increasing strength and greater numbers of pain killers, a new GP to my practice referred me to Mr. Sundaram. He immediately set up a program for me to follow resulting in a surgical procedure that has freed me of pain. I can now, only three months after surgery, walk over four miles. Not bad for a 72 yr old who struggled to make a cup of coffee without needing to sit. Mr. Sundaram has been polite and courteous throughout, taking care to explain thoroughly each step we took. He and his team have taken great care to make me feel relaxed in confident throughout.

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Written by a private patient at Winfield Hospital
24th February 2021


After suffering with intense leg pain for over two years, I was recommended by a friend to see Mr Sundaram , initially he recommended a spinal decompression but after further x-rays he recognised the need for a spinal fusion. He explained the procedure carefully and put any fears I felt at ease. I am now 7 weeks post op - am pain free and able to walk 5 miles easily. I would recommend Mr Sundaram totally for his professionalism, compassion and his surgical skill. One of the best and thank you - I have my legs and my life back !

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Written by a private patient at The Cheltenham Nuffield Hospital
19th February 2021


Mr Sundaram was extremely efficient and approachable and took great care with my treatment. I had a good outcome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone with spinal issues.

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Written by a private patient at The Cheltenham Nuffield Hospital
5th February 2021


I saw Mr Sundaram early December 2020 and was in a great deal of pain from a spinal problem. I could hardly walk and my quality of life was bad. He diagnosed the problem using a previous MRI scan and we discussed treatment. I opted for a procedure that was conducted by him soon after. The treatment was a success and I am pleased to say I am free from pain and leading a normal life. Mr Sundaram was friendly and informative. He explained everything in a way I could understand. The procedure was conducted very professionally. I would recommend this doctor.

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Written by a patient at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
15th January 2021


Dr Sundaram was great from the start and listened intently from start of the diagnosis to the end of the complete treatment. He conducted himself in a professional but friendly manner and performed his role excellently

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Mr Rathnam Sundaram was awarded the iWantGreatCare certificate of excellence in 2021 for delivering outstanding care.

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Mr Sundaram was appointed as a Consultant Trauma, Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon in Gloucestershire in 2010 and has received world class extensive training and experience. He graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School and trained in the Liverpool Region, Nottingham and Exeter. He is the Spinal Lead for Gloucestershire Hospitals and works very closely with his other 25 Consultant Orthopaedic colleagues as well the neurology and oncology specialists in the NHS and private sector. He also maintains a close relationship with the General Practitioners throughout Gloucestershire and the neighbouring counties as well as other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths, and knows how working with a team best helps patients’ recovery. Mr Sundaram’s practice consists of both emergency and elective spine conditions. The majority of the emergency work is for metastatic tumours, spinal fractures, spinal infections, cauda equina syndrome and progressive cord compression. The elective work is mainly for sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy. More details are on his website www.itsmyspine.co.uk. Details of his practice data are also available on the national PHIN website https://www.phin.org.uk. He is recognised by all health insurance providers. Mr Sundaram undertakes more than 3000 patient consultations per year, making him the most experienced spine surgeon in Gloucestershire as his NHS and private practice exposes him to the vast array of both elective and emergency spine pathology. In 2015 Mr Sundaram was appointed as the Spine Lead in Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. Since then, following the new guidelines there have been many positive steps forwards within the service development, such as - A reduction in the variation in spinal surgery - Lowered length of stay postoperatively - Reduced spinal implant costs, saving £400000 year on year since 2015 for the NHS Trust - A reduction in re-operation rates - A reduction in unnecessary spinal injections These achievements have led him to receive 3 Clinical Excellence Award, as well as being shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award and Team of the Year Award which he was delighted to be involved in. From November 2016, there has been a significant national change in the management of spinal disorders led by the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) project, NICE and the British Association of Spine Surgeon (BASS). This has led to better management of patients and the reduction of spinal procedures which have limited clinical benefits. This is not rationing by the NHS or by private insurance companies, but has been implemented to reduce ineffective procedures and improve the quality of the interventions we are delivering to further improve patient care. Mr Sundaram has received numerous testimonials from patients which are posted on his website http://www.itsmyspine.co.uk/testimonials/. Patients can also write reviews on the website ‘I want great care’ for any Consultant which he is thankful for the number of positive reviews on https://www.iwantgreatcare.org/doctors/mr-rathnam-sundaram. As Mr Sundaram has both an NHS and Private Practice, he is able to see all patients regardless of their financial situation. Patients who see him privately who’s insurance policy or funding has expired, or self-pay patients can easily transfer to the NHS under his care without a problem. Mr Sundaram has developed an excellent reputation over the years amongst his colleagues and patients and is determined to give the best quality of care to them. Mr Sundaram is a keen sportsman, he played national level tennis as a junior and plays regularly with his 2 children. He also enjoys running, gym work and Pilates.

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