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Transformative spinal surgery for 90-year-old during COVID-19 pandemic

Anyone worried about going into hospital during this Covid-19 pandemic should take comfort from 91-year Dorothy Carter.

The fiercely independent 91-year old, is a keen dancer, still travelling on cruise holidays and goes to town every week.

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Inspiring 90-year Old Proves Age And Global Pandemic Are No Barrier For Transformative Spinal Surgery Success

Anyone worried about going into hospital during this Covid-19 pandemic should take comfort from 91-year Dorothy Carter.

The fiercely independent 91-year old, is a keen dancer, still travelling on cruise holidays and goes to town every week.

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Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital's first-three level complex anterior spinal reconstruction with outstanding results for Grandfather of five.

The relatively quick onset of sciatica meant 64-year-old grandfather of five John Cummings from  Addingham, Leeds, was experiencing shooting pains when walking with a poor posture.

Desperate to find a way to get rid of his pain, John and his wife Joan started to do some research to find someone to help. A friend advised it would be a good idea to get a neurosurgeon involved and their online search led them to Mr Deb Pal, a consultant neurosurgeon at the Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital.

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Man who went into hospital in wheelchair walked out after pioneering key-hole surgery in Leeds

Malcolm Miller, 64, suffered debilitating pain in his back and right leg along with weakness in his foot after a weekend gardening in May this year which got so bad he even had to lie down to eat,losing two stone as a result. But after cutting edge spinal surgery in Leeds he says he is now pain free.

“Mr Pal was brilliant. He phoned me ahead of the appointment and suggested I have a MRI scan and X-ray the day before my appointment so the problem could be identified quickly.”

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Chronic back pain: Pioneering surgery rids man of pain and helps him to walk again

"At my first appointment with Mr Pal in December 2016 he gave me hope because he said that, subject to me passing various medical tests including angiograms, he was willing to operate."

Mr Pal has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery for revision spinal procedures and explains:

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  • North American Spine Society
  • The Spine Journal
  • British Association Of Spine Surgeon