• Anterolateral foraminotomy
  • Cervical foraminotomy
  • Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Discectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Decompression
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Tumour Surgery
  • Intradural Spinal Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty

  • Testimonials

    Robert McCracken

    Problem:Severe neck pain and left arm pain
    Diagnosis:Cervical disc prolapse with nerve root compression
    Treatment:Anterolateral foraminotomy

    " My back pain had been getting worse for a number of years and I knew I needed to do something about it, but I kept putting it off because I didn't want to admit that I had a serious problem. Despite the fact that I was leaning more and more to the side and sleeping less and less - even with the painkillers, I was very defensive if friends and family made any reference to it. I'm sure anyone facing possible surgery knows that feeling.

    I finally summoned up the courage to see a back specialist, but some of the answers he gave left us uncertain about the operation he was proposing. We both decided we needed a second opinion and so the search began for the best spinal surgeon we could find - wherever they were in the country. At the top of our list of eminent surgeons was Andre Jackowski who, according to the newspapers had performed remarkable, life-changing operations - and who by sheer good fortune happened to be based in Birmingham.

    He didn't think the operation that had been proposed was the answer to my problem and advised me against having it. He went on to say that although my condition wasn't exactly inoperable, it was a very complex case, which might involve more than one major operation. We left his clinic a little downcast that there wasn't an easy fix, but his very approachable, down-to-earth manner combined with his obvious expertise gave us both the certainty that we had indeed found the right man for this seemingly impossible task.He didn't want to rush into surgery, so over the months that followed, I had MRI scans and X-rays followed by consultations to explain what they revealed. He decided that as my condition was clearly deteriorating that my only hope was a fairly major operation was and he was prepared to offer it to me.That was the best piece of news I'd had for a very long time.

    The operation, which lasted around eight hours, straightened out the curvature and the twist in my spine and involved an impressive amount of hardware. I no longer leant over to the side and things were much improved. I saw Mr Jackowski every day while I was in hospital and his visits always left me feeling up beat and positive. Knowing how precious his time was, that meant so much to me.

    During the consultations that followed over the next few months Mr Jackowski listened carefully to my thoughts about not being able to stand upright and the fact that although my pain was much reduced, it was still there. After consultation with his scoliosis colleague, Mr David Marks, it was decided that another long operation might solve the problem - but naturally, there could be no guarantees. I had no hesitation in gratefully accepting the offer of further surgery that involved another eight-hour operation and yet more hardware attached to my spine and pelvis.

    The combined result of both operations is nothing short of a miracle. Thanks to Mr Jackowski and his team I'm no longer in pain, I can stand upright and I don't lean to one side - things we all take for granted - until they're taken away from us. As an added bonus, I can wear nice clothes again!

    I will never be able to find the words of gratitude I feel for him and when I saw his name in the Sunday Times list of 'Britain's Top Surgeons' I wasn't in the least surprised. He has richly earned that accolade and on behalf of all of his many patients to whom he's handed back their active life I can only say a heartfelt, but totally inadequate 'Thank You'. If this testimonial appears to be over-the-top, trust me - it isn't. He is a truly remarkable man and I can't believe my luck that we found him.

    The Birmingham Spinal Clinic is a multidisciplinary team led by spinal surgeon
    Mr Andre Jackowski. The Spinal Clinic aims to provide the best possible evidence-based
    treatments for patients with spinal problems whether by simple advice, physiotherapy
    exercises, pain relief or if indicated by spinal surgery.