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'4 steps to a healthy Easter'
Woman's Own Magazine
1st April 2013
'Slipped disc? The jab even surgeons say is better than an operation'
11th March 2013
'Fighter puts back into qualifying bid'
10th January 2013
'How to look after your back'
Womans Own Magazine
'Feel great in 2013'
Womans Own Magazine
31st December 2012
'The health MOT test you can do in your living room'
The Daily Mail
10th October 2012
'How pilates can make your bad back worse'
The Daily Mail
19th June 2012
Although the injections I received alleviated some of my pain and gave me more mobility it became clear that without an operation no further improvement could be expected. Mr Ishaque warned me that is would be a lengthy operation and not without complications - particularly as my health was not as good as he could have wished. However, he guided me through the procedure and explained the possibilities.
As my back was unlikely to improve, with the guidance of Mr Ishaque I was able to make an informed choice and decided to undergo surgery. I am delighted to say that the operation has been very successful with improvements still being experienced.
My wife and I were amazed at the amount I could do within a very short time. I returned home from major surgery on the 12th November and on the 27th November my wife sprained her ankle. With no-one else around I was able to take her to our surgery some two miles away and was quite comfortable driving.
On the 29th November I again drove my wife to a local hospital and then we shopped in a supermarket close by. In early January I drove to Aberdovey where we had a long weekend break. In March 2013 I did some tractor work and as long as I was careful how I handled the job and how I got in and out of the tractors I found that I could manage very well. From having a first consultation from my wheelchair I am now working again and, in fact, only 8 months after leaving hospital I was driving our combine harvester. Although I am not sure that all of this would have been recommended by Mr Ishaque as an entirely suitable form of convalescence, I didn't feel that I was "pushing" myself and it was a pleasure to feel almost back to normal.
Prior to the surgery my back had rendered me completely immobile and in chronic pain on several occasions including one Christmas Day evening spent in A&E and on holiday at 3 o'clock one unforgettable morning. These occasions had a psychological effect which meant that I was reluctant to go far from home in case of another attack. If I did venture more than a few miles from home the wheelchair had to accompany me. All of that pain and concern has been removed since the operation. It was explained that recovery time would be over the course of about 2 years and this has proved to be the case.
I consider myself most fortunate in having been recommended to Mr Ishaque and his team; his anaesthetist Dr Da Silva was also prodigious in the amount of time and care he gave not only to me but also, along with Mr Ishaque, in keeping my wife updated and relieving her anxiety.
Perhaps the greatest recommendation I can give is to say that my wife has suffered back problems for 22 years but, although she tried everything possible to ease the problem which is deteriorating, she steadfastly refused to even consider an opertation. However, having witnessed the care and expertise which I have received and seen and its life changing effects, she has gained every confidence in Mr Ishaque and his team and is to undergo an operation herself this month.
Mr Ishaque is highly experienced and widely recognised as a leading Consultant Spinal Surgeon. He is one of the few surgeons to have been awarded both the British Orthopaedic Association's Robert Jones Gold Medal and a Hunterian Professorship from The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is one of the youngest surgeons to have achieved this, having been awarded both honours, before the age of 40.