“I have got my life back again” Patient thanks Neurosurgeon from BMI The Alexandra Hospital

In 2019 Mr Rawling, an 89-year-old man from Cheshire, was suffering from severe spinal stenosis that left him incapacitated and bed bound. Previously, Mr Rawling had been living an active and healthy lifestyle, and despite being in his eighties frequently went hill walking.     

To reduce the pain Mr Rawling decided to see  Consultant Neurosurgeon Mr Ankur Saxena, at BMI The Alexandra Hospital, who went on to perform a minimally invasive lumbar decompression on Mr Rawling.

Mr Saxena explained: ‘I performed minimally invasive lumbar decompression for symptomatic relief. The procedure released the pressure on the nerves, without causing significant damage to the surrounding bone and muscle, which resulted in a faster recovery time and less risk of complications. I am glad to see that since the procedure Mr Rawling is active and mobile.’

Mr Rawling described: ‘I was in shock. I have always been relatively fit and healthy and suddenly I was experiencing excruciating pain at the back of my leg. The procedure by Mr Saxena has changed my life. I honestly thought my life as a young at heart octogenarian was over, but I'm glad to report it is certainly not. Yes, I'll probably never race a motorcycle again, and I am not as fast as I used to be, but I am healthy and mobile and I have got my life back again - I no longer need  a wheelchair! The team at The Alexandra Hospital were professional and compassionate. I cannot thank them enough.’

BMI The Alexandra Hospital is located in Cheshire, on the boarder of Greater Manchester, and provides a wide range of medical and surgical procedures to thousands of patients each year.  For more information, about the hospital, please visit BMI The Alexandra Hospital page or call 0161 428 3656.

About BMI The Alexandra Hospital

BMI The Alexandra Hospital is part of the BMI Healthcare hospital network. It provides a range of inpatient, outpatient and day-case specialties, including orthopaedic, spinal, general medicine, urology, ear nose and throat, cardiac, and neurology, for routine and complex cases. Diagnostic and specialist equipment on site includes MRI scanners, ultrasound, CT scanners, mammography and x-ray.

Led by executive director Marge Falconer, the hospital in Mill Lane, Cheadle, provides services for NHS patients, for insured patients and for patients who choose to pay for their own care.

About BMI Healthcare

Established in 1970, BMI Healthcare is the UK’s largest independent provider of private healthcare with 58 hospitals and healthcare facilities. More than 7,000 Consultants practice at BMI Healthcare hospitals, which handle more than 2 million patient visits a year. An independent survey of 116,747 patients carried out by Quality Health, the same company which assesses patient satisfaction within the NHS, between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, showed that 98.5% would recommend their hospital to their families and friends. 95.2% rated the overall quality of their nursing care as excellent or very good, 95.2% said that their hospital’s diagnostic imaging met or exceeded their expectations and 98.3% would apply the same rating to their experience of physiotherapy.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.bmihealthcare.co.uk.

For more information on this story, contact Lauren Davies at BMI The Alexandra Hospital via [email protected].

Date: 21st August 2020