Mr Michael Mokawem

Mr Michael Mokawem

MBChB, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
4.96
Bedside Manner
4.96
Explanation
5

Top feedback

“ I saw Mr Micheal Mokawem it was my first time to see him . he is excellent his bedside manner very good . He explains clearly.He understands ,he listens and I did not feel like I was only a number but he gave me all his time I explain my condition . He gave me the plan of what need to be done in one appointment , referred me for some investigation ct and mri . he is amazing . thank you Mr M Mokawem .“
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Subspecialty

  • Spinal Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4670843
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250

    Follow-up appointment: £150

    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Beaufort House Elstree Road, Elstree, United Kingdom, WD6 3BS
    123 reviews

    About

    Mr Mokawem is a consultant spinal surgeon, specialising in all aspects of spinal surgery with a particular interest in paediatric and adult spine deformities. He advises on non-operative and operative management and supports patients in making fully informed decisions. He uses minimally invasive techniques, computer navigated surgery, robotic surgery and traditional open techniques as appropriate. His paediatric scoliosis practice encompasses the full repertoire of management strategies including vertebral body tethering in selective cases.

    Mr Mokawem completed the prestigious National Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2018. This is a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship which covers the breadth of spinal surgery and the full spectrum of spinal conditions in both paediatric and adult patients. Additionally, he completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the internationally recognised Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 2017. This included minimally invasive and computer navigated surgery with Mr Robert Lee, paediatric deformity surgery with Mr Jan Lehovsky and spinal tumour surgery with Mr Hanny Anwar.

    He undertook an educational visit in September 2018 to the Eifelklinik in Germany to learn about vertebral body tethering.

    Mr Mokawem has presented at national and international spine surgery conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals.

    He is passionate about teaching and is a faculty member for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Advanced Trauma Life Support and Training the Trainers courses.

    Outside of work he spends as much time as possible with his wife and daughters, cycling along traffic free routes.


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
    • Complex spinal surgery
    • Paediatric scoliosis correction
    • Adult deformity correction
    • Minimally invasive interbody fusions
    • Minimally invasive posterior fusions
    • Computer navigated spine surgery
    • Lumbar spine decompression
    • Lumbar microdiscectomies
    • Cervical spine decompressions and fusions
    • Robotic spine surgery
    • Vertebral body tethering
    • Sacroiliac joint fusions
    • Facet Joint Denervation / Rhizolysis
    • Paediatric spine deformity and back pain
    • Complex spinal surgery
    • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
    • Computer navigated and robotic surgery
    • Back pain management
    • Disc prolapse and sciatica
    • Lumbar stenosis
    • Cervical stenosis
    • Spinal deformity
    • Sacroiliac joint pain
    • Fractures
    • Tumours
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    Medical procedures

    • Scoliosis surgery
    • Spinal deformity correction
    • Spinal fusion
    • Cervical (neck) surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Epidural
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminectomy
    • Lumbar back surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    • Nerve Root Injection
    • Revision Surgery
    • Spinal decompresson
    • Spine fracture surgery
    • Thoracic back surgery
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Spinal stenosis
    • Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    • Arthritis (Spine)
    • Back Pain
    • Coccyx fracture
    • Complex spinal disorders
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    • Lower Back Pain
    • Sciatica
    • Scoliosis
    • Spinal Pain
    • Spinal deformity
    • Spine fractures and trauma
    • Spine tumours and infections
    • Sports-related spine injuries
    • Upper Back Pain
    • Vertebral compression fracture
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    Education

    • MBChB
    • FRCS (Tr&Orth)
    • The National Spine Fellowship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
    • Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
    • The Royal College of Surgeons of England
    • British Association of Spine Surgeons
    • AO Spine
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    Reviews

    4.97 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Scoliosis surgery
    6/24
    Spinal fusion
    6/24
    Lower Back Pain
    3/24
    Spinal stenosis
    3/24
    Back Pain
    2/24
    Degenerative disc disease
    2/24
    Lumbar back surgery
    2/24
    Scoliosis
    2/24
    Spinal decompresson
    2/24
    Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    1/24
    Anterior cervical discectomy and interbody fusion
    1/24
    Emergency back operation.
    1/24
    Idiopathic Scoliosis
    1/24
    Orthopaedic Surgery
    1/24
    Scheuermann's disease
    1/24
    Scoliosis spinal fusion
    1/24
    Spinal Surgery
    1/24
    Spinal deformity correction
    1/24
    Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    1/24
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain Lower Back Pain Spinal stenosis
    I saw Mr Micheal Mokawem it was my first time to see him . he is excellent his bedside manner very good . He explains clearly.He understands ,he listens and I did not feel like I was only a number but he gave me all his time I explain my condition . He gave me the plan of what need to be done in one appointment , referred me for some investigation ct and mri . he is amazing . thank you Mr M Mokawem .
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal fusion Scoliosis surgery Scoliosis
    We can not fault Mr Mokawem's surgical expertise or the level of care provided and would recommend him without hesitation.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Scoliosis surgery Spinal fusion Spinal Surgery
    He has always tried his hardest. To try and get surgery when needed. Came in very regularly during our stay in hospital and amazing results on the surgery. Thank you so much
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Scoliosis surgery Spinal fusion
    A very calm and easy manner. Explains everything in an easy to understand way.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Scoliosis surgery Scoliosis
    Before coming to see Mr Mokawem my 15 years old son was seen by FOUR consultants (including a top private one) in other London hospitals for his rapidly progressing scoliosis. Every doctor we saw previously seemed tired, bothered, uninterested and totally unprepared for our visit 😱. One of the issues was difficulty with requesting/accessing previous xRays images from our local hospital to compare them to see scoliosis progression, which should be a simple enough process, one would think, but it was made to look impossible. On the other hand, Mary, Mr Mokawem’s secretary, made the same task seems so easy. Although reassured by Mary prior to our consultation I was still slightly apprehensive, based on such a bad previous experience But to my absolute delight upon entering consulting room I saw my son xRay imaging displayed on three of Mr Mokawem computers. He clearly studied my son case prior to meeting with us. Mr Mokawem was very pleasant, super professional, kind, attentive and most importantly truly caring. My son is not a great communicator and feel socially awkward most of the time, especially with authoritative figures, but Mr Mokawem made him feel instantly at ease, explaining his finding directly to my son, asking him appropriate questions to determine the right level of care. After we left our appointment, I asked my son what he thought about it and usually he will say “all right”, but he just carried on sharing his thoughts with me.... 😃 Well, what do I think about it? I think Mr Mokawem is a pure example of a good caring doctor! I am happy we found a doctor we can trust to care for our son 😊
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal decompresson
    Following my recent consultation Mr Mokawem I underwent a nerve root decompression procedure. I am delighted with the outcome as I have said goodbye to the sciatica which had been an unwelcome feature in my daily life. The procedure was explained to me in understandable terms together with the risks involved. Michael and his team were professional and calm and I had absolute confidence in their ability to take care of me. Post operatively, there was more discomfort rather than pain which diminished within a few days. I was given guidance on recovery and how I could assist in this phase. The operation was at the RNOH and the facilities in the private care wing are outstanding. I can highly recommend Michael Mokawem,
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Idiopathic Scoliosis
    I personally chose Mr Mokawem, from all of the Consultant Surgeons based at the Stanmore Hospital, as I felt that he had a progressive view of spinal surgery. My daughter has idiopathic scoliosis and her curve has progressed. We visited Mr Mokawem for a second opinion to the original Consultant we have been with for the last eighteen months. Mr Mokawem had already reviewed the recent images I had sent to him, of my daughters spine and called me the day before for an initial chat. I immediately felt that I had made the correct decision, just from the initial telephone conversation, which was further cemented by our meeting at the Stanmore Hospital. I found Mr Mokawem to be exceptionally interested in really listening to our concerns and finding the best outcome for my daughter. His summary of his view for her treatment was measured, delivered carefully and most of all, delivered to my daughter, which was really important to me, that she was addressed in an adult fashion, as she is mature enough to understand what is happening to her own body. I was most appreciative of the fact that Mr Mokawem worked late on a Friday night, to accommodate seeing us at short notice and I received a full clinic letter on Monday morning, verbatim to our conversation. I cannot recommend Mr Mokawem highly enough and we have now transferred to Mr Mokawem's clinic, for on-going monitoring of my daughters situation. I am most certain that if we do ever have to consider surgery, Mr Mokawem would take exceptional care of my daughter, as it is very clear he is personally invested in the patients he treats. I cannot thank the entire team enough for the speed, accuracy and diligence shown to me and my daughter.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal fusion Degenerative disc disease Lumbar back surgery Lower Back Pain
    Mr Mokawem is a very engaging and caring Consultant. He was the first doctor to give me hope for a brighter future where all other doctors had failed. He is very attentive and listened to my problems and symptoms and ordered an number of scans. Once the scan results came back I revisited Mr Mokawem and he went through each scan and told me in layman's terms the results and how he could help me if I had tried all other avenues in reducing my back pain. He came across as a person who genuinely wanted to help me and others like me find a solution to my long term back pain. Once surgery was agreed Mr Mokawem kept me well informed and told me to call him at any time if there was something I wished to discuss with him. Before surgery he discussed in detail each procedure and what to expect post surgery clearly and concisely. Post surgery he came to see me every day and was genuinely happy for me that the operations had been successful in removing sciatic pain completely and reducing my back pain immensely. In my opinion I do not believe Mr Mokawem can improve to give even greater care, the care I received from him was exceptional.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal deformity correction
    My son (15) was referred to Mr Mokawem for spinal surgery & we are so glad he was. Mr Mokawem really put my son at ease, explained the position clearly & was honest with the risks. We felt we received excellent care at all times. The results of the surgery were unbelievable and if people did find themselves in the unfortunate position of needing spinal surgery, we really couldn't recommend Mr Mokawem more highly.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Scoliosis spinal fusion
    As a family we picked Mr Mokawem initially based on his résumé on the RNOH. It was very comprehensive and exactly what we were looking for. On our first visit he examined my daughter and as he had seen her x-ray from our local hospital he could confirm that she had idiopathic scoliosis. We discussed all the options available, such as surgery or not having surgery, having a brace to slow the curve, but advising the brace would not correct the curve as it was too late for that. Before any decision was made an MRI was needed to make sure that there was no other complications other than it just being scoliosis. At every appointment and X-ray Mr Mokawem would go through the findings and was always happy to answer any questions we had. I never felt rushed or that our time was up. We tried the back brace to allow our daughter to grow, however she didn't get on with it and we therefore wanted to go ahead with the surgery. Mr Mokawem thorough talked us through the risks of surgery and the recovery period, and again answering any questions we had. Mr Mokawem comes across as very caring and calming, which helps us stressed parents trying to make the right decision for their child. After the operation Mr Mokawmen came to tell me all had gone well and visited to check on my daughter's progress every day whilst in hospital. The communication via email or phone was also excellent with his private practice manager.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Orthopaedic Surgery Spinal fusion Back Pain Degenerative disc disease Lumbar back surgery Lower Back Pain Spinal decompresson
    This is a review for Orthapedic Consultant Surgeon Mr Mokawem under Private Care at RNOH Stanmore. I had been suffering for many years with pain in my back, legs and feet caused by a worn lower disc leading to bone on bone and a trapped nerve. There was a very good chance that an operation would greatly help, and I had previously tried for a long time to get one done via the NHS, but there were some complications which acted as a barrier to this happening. Despite not being well off, I decided I wanted to consider self funding because I believe that health is more important than money. After doing some research and reading reviews for Mr Mokawem and his long list of specialist qualifications, I decided to contact Mr Mokawem and I am very glad that I did. His wife Jeanette is the Private Care Practice Manager, and therfore the first point of contact for Mr Mokawem in the Private Care area. I would just like to say that she was amazing, not only putting up with my countless email questions but answering all of them very efficiently, sometimes out of hours and even at weekends. I did of course get direct responses from Mr Mokawem when needed, and he gave very detailed honest and precise information which I greatly appreciated. They both did everything possible to help, and Mr & Mrs Mokawem make a great team! When I met Mr Mokawem in person for my initial consultation, he was increadibly approachable, professional and made some very detailed notes. He explained everything in great detail and gave me plenty of opportunity to ask questions. He was very patient. My gut feeling was that I should trust him. Following this, over a period of time we discussed many options before it could be decided if an operation was the best course of action. Once it was established that an operation could have a good outcome and that he was willing to offer it , I had no hesitation. I met with him again later so that he could plan the operation with me, and he was very honest about all of the possible risks, and allowed me plenty of thinking time, making it clear that I could change my mind at any time. After a health assessment at the hospital, two weeks of isolation (due to COVID-19) a COVID-19 test, and an MRSA swab test, the operation was carried out at RNOH Stanmore on 1st August 2020. COVID-19 procedures were followed throughout my stay at the hospital. Mr Mokawem came to see me several times before the operation and also after the operation to make sure everything was OK. I felt like I was being looked after very well. The operation itself went very smoothly and there were no problems despite it being a very long and complicated surgery requiring a second surgeon, two entry points and a titanium cage. For those of you that understand the lingo: (V3340) Primary anterior discectomy, decompression and anterior fusion + instrumentation - lumbar region (1 level) (V3362) Primary posterior fusion with instrumentation +/- decompression +/- discectomy (lumbar region). I woke up in the recovery room feeling pretty great, and I even ate the sausage and bacon breakfast that the staff brought me, not realising that I only felt great because of the drugs LOL. Once they wore off I felt sore for a couple of days, but it was actually still not that bad. I had micro doses of Morphine on a push button which definately helped. After two days I was able to walk a bit, by the third day I was able to walk well and climb stairs. By the fourth day I was able to go home to recover! Mr Mokawem kept in touch while I was at home and made it clear that I could contact him at any time. I remain under his care and follow up appointments with scans will later track my progress. I am glad that my back is fixed, as it may have become worse with time, requiring an operation later on in life. While I was in hospital, it was pretty clear talking to all the staff there that Mr Mokawem was very well liked by all. They said that he always had time for them and treated everybody well which I am not at all surprised to hear. If you are considering a private care procedure, I can't reccomend Mr Mokawem enough. I don't think you'll find a better surgeon or a more caring person Also, if you make enquiries you'll get fast responses. Thanks for reading, and whatever your problem I wish you a speedy solution.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Scoliosis surgery
    Mr Mokawem made me feel safe and as happy as possible throughout my 2 week hospital stay. He was very professional, but also kind and genuine, which definitely helped calm my nerves (as a patient) while still making sure I was complete aware of what was going on. I am very thankful and feel so much happier with a straighter back now!
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal fusion
    Mr Mokawem recently performed a corrective spinal fusion on my daughter. He had previously and repeatedly explained what the procedure entailed. During our stay in the hospital, Mr Mokawem visited my daughter daily, to check on her progress. He answered any questions either of us had, and willing sorted issues, that I was having difficulty getting resolved. He is very kind and caring, with a very calming voice which helped my anxious daughter. Mr Mokawem complied with COVID19 PPE guidelines.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    I’ve only had a video consultation with Mr Mokawem But found him to be a few caring man. I’m actually meeting personally on 14th August and feel quite confident that he can help me
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Scoliosis surgery
    We highly recommend Mr Mokawem after the treatment and care he has given our daughter for her scoliosis. We sought treatment privately and had an initial Skype consultation with Mr Mokawem, one of the two consultant surgeons who would be operating on our daughter. His manner then and in all subsequent interactions was very reassuring and he has always made us feel able to approach him over any concerns, as well as making us feel confident in his skills and knowledge. Jeanette, his wife and Practice Manager, has also always been on hand and quick to respond to any queries we have had, both before and after the surgery. From initial consultation to surgery was less than 2 months and we were extremely grateful to be scheduled in so rapidly during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. After a successful operation at RNOH Stanmore Mr Mokawem visited the ward nearly every day, always with a calm and reassuring manner, and has responded helpfully and promptly to any queries we have had once home again, giving us a personal phone call when needed to discuss our daughter's recovery and always speaking to her directly too. He is an excellent surgeon with an approach that is personal and caring as well as professional.
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    Overall
    (4/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis Spinal stenosis
    Mr Mokawem is a quietly spoken orthopaedic surgeon, who has worked with Mr Robert Lee and obviously knows his field. He will look at non invasive procedures in the first instance before recommending more serious intervention. His bedside manner is somewhat reserved, but he is caring and thorough in his treatment. I must also mention his Private Practice team, especially his Practice Manager, who responds speedily to emails and queries, always prepared to answer questions and sort out any problems.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    As two hospital consultants, we are in a good position to appraise the quality of medical care. Our daughter developed adolescent idiopathic scoliosis which required surgical correction. We saw a consultant in the West Midlands (Mr Newton-Ede, also exceptional) who discussed a treatment plan and that due to the nature of the surgery, two consultants would be required for the operation. At times of the pandemic, we had a video consultation with Mr Mokawem. We immediately felt very comfortable with his reassuring and calm manner. The surgery was undertaken at Stanmore in June 2020 and our daughter is recovering well. In addition to Mr Mokawem’s undoubted surgical skills, he has an exceptional bedside manner. Both these attributes were confirmed by the staff at the hospital, who work with him at Stanmore. We noticed that one of the reviews for Mr Mokawem was a patient from Australia. We had to travel 100 miles to receive his care, we would quite happily have travelled a lot further.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Anterior cervical discectomy and interbody fusion
    From my very first meeting with Mr Mokawem, I felt informed and reassured with the options given to me relating to my condition. His calming approach put me at ease and enabled me to make the right choice which would benefit me throughout. The procedure was explained clearly at every opportunity, which provided me time to ask questions on both pre and post operation concerns and expectations. Mr Mokawem's care and attention to detail after my operation was second to none and made my experience easier than I had anticipated prior to surgery. I would highly recommend Mr Mokawem from my own personal experience.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    I had very bad back. Dr Mokaweb examined and gave correct advice. Each and every moment he explained about what would be problem and how he would help me with Opration, He is very polite and with detailed explanation. He is gentleman, To whom we can trust blindly. I have seen always smile and calmness on his face, although I was asking so many Stupid questions. For me he was like GOD to relief me from this unbearable pain. I am thankful to him from my hart that this COVID-19 ,He was committed with his profession. Once Again Thanks a lot
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Emergency back operation.
    I found Mr Moawem, to be very personable and had a very calming manner that helped me during a very anxious time. He explained clearly the process and what to expect of the operation and the recovery afterwards. I did not feel rushed and had time to ask any questions I had and felt safe and reassured before the operation.
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