Pioneering surgery for back pain at BMI The Alexandra Hospital

BMI The Alexandra Hospital is the first private hospital in the north of England to offer patients minimally invasive endoscopic spinal surgery. The procedure, which is known as an Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy, offers a patient with a slipped disc an alternative and less invasive option to open spinal surgery.

Ankur Saxena

"Mr Ankur Saxena, is pioneering this new treatment at BMI The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle. He offers the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments relating to all spinal conditions. Mr Saxena commented: ‘Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy has many advantages over open spinal surgery. This is achieved through a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, otherwise known as keyhole surgery. The surgery is performed through a 1cm long incision under Xray guidance leading to precise decompression with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues and muscle leading to less risk of complications and faster recovery. The procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic and sedation so is available to patients who are at a high risk with general anaesthetic. A light general anaesthetic is also an option should the patient prefer. With these forms of anaesthesia it also means that the patient can be discharged on the same day as surgery.’"

Mr Kelly, a recent patient of Mr Saxena’s, has recently had the procedure at BMI The Alexandra Hospital and the results have been life-changing: ‘I had chronic nerve pain before the procedure, and it was affecting my everyday life, even walking to the car was excruciating. Mr Saxena was a professional and an experienced Consultant Neurosurgeon so I knew that I found the right surgeon for me. I felt confident in Mr Saxena and his team; the care and treatment I received was first class.’

BMI The Alexandra Hospital is proud to offer the Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy and to work alongside Mr Saxena and his team. To find out more information, about the services and treatments on offer at The Alexandra please call 0161 246 3783 or visit BMI The Alexandra Hospital.

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 2m 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.

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

Date: 30th July 2020