• 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

    Dr. M. Thirumala Krishna

    Problem:Rheumatoid arthritis and impending paralysis
    Diagnosis:Severe deformity of neck with spinal cord compression
    Treatment:Combined anterior and posterior complex spine surgery

    " I am 45 years old and have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years. I have learnt to live with this condition but well within my limitations to the extent that I have had a successful medical career thus far and worked as a consultant in the NHS for 7 years. I have been troubled with neck pain on and off for sometime particularly after a stressful day at work or when I have worked on my laptop for a few hours. However, this became excruciating and frequent and I started developing severe discomfort in my arm and leg muscles. One day, whilst returning from work, I suddenly developed weakness in both legs suggestive of spinal cord compression. I consulted with my GP the following day and he advised me to have an MRI. I was contacted by the hospital over the weekend at a short notice to have the MRI scan and once again developed weakness in my lower limbs on my way from the car park to the X ray department. I got the MRI scan report and shockingly this showed that my cervical spine had moved (spondylolisthesis) and was badly compressing on my spinal cord (cervical myelopathy). That was the reason I was experiencing weakness in my lower limbs.

    I was advised to seek an urgent neurosurgical opinion with Mr. Andre Jackowski. I heard from my contacts in the medical fraternity that he was an experienced surgeon and had particular expertise with such cases. I was extremely anxious and more or less lost hope. I felt so weak in my lower limbs that I could just about walk slowly holding on to my wife. Mr. Jackowski came across as a kind and friendly person, was extremely sympathetic and professional. He advised me that surgery was the only option and that the procedure (anterior C3/4 corporectomy and decompression and posterior stabilisation occiput - C5,C6,C7,T1,T2,T3) This would be complex but he also said, "I have sufficient experience to operate on you. I have an experienced anaesthetist. Leave the worrying to me and you stay positive" and this gave me a lot of confidence. He was so kind that he counselled me and my family at least 3 times prior to the surgery. Endless negative thoughts and questions kept haunting me - "What if the surgery wasn't successful, is this how my life is going to be, dependency, bed ridden - no I don't want that. What will happen to my wife, my 6 year old daughter? How will my parents cope with the shock? Was this the end of my career, something I love and have worked so hard for so many years". I was reduced to tears several times and my wife supported me, managing to keep a brave face and encouraged me to have faith in our prayers. My dad and brother-in-law arrived from USA and they no doubt were worried to say the least but offered a lot of support. My dad is 73 years old, a retired doctor and after speaking to Mr. Jackowski seemed quite positive.

    The surgery took approximately 9 hours and when I woke up after the operation, could see that the entire neurosurgical team was anxiously waiting to find out if the procedure was successful. The neurological examination did not show any weakness and I can still recall the scene of celebration in the recovery room, nothing less than what one would see after a winning goal in a premier football match! I am pleased and relieved that I do not suffer from neck and muscle pain any more and have fully. The convalescence took a few weeks, the scar has healed nicely and I am undergoing physiotherapy. Importantly, I do not have any weakness in my lower limbs and can walk unaided and feel a lot stronger.

    My family sees Mr. Jackowski as no less than the almighty and I truly feel this is my second innings and am keen to make the best out of it! I do not have the right words to thank and praise this great surgeon who has a unique blend of kindness, professionalism, modesty but with confidence, expertise and excellent surgical skills and as medic I would certainly want to take a leaf out of his book!
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    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.