Mr Syed Aftab

Mr Syed Aftab

MA Cantab MBChB FRCS(T&O) MSc

Orthopaedic Surgery

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5 specialists

14 years of experience

Overall Rating

Overall
5
Bedside Manner
5
Explanation
5

Top feedback

“Mr Aftab is very professional and explains everything to detail. I am extremely pleased with what he has carried out on my neck.“
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Subspecialty

  • Spinal Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Bengali
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 6120579
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £300

    Follow-up appointment: £175

    About

    Mr Syed Aftab is a Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal London (Barts Health NHS Trust). He studied medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge University and Edinburgh University.

    He underwent higher surgical training in Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery on the London NE Thames rotation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He also gained a Master of Science at University College London in Trauma and Orthopaedics during his training. Syed completed advanced fellowships in Spinal Surgery at the Royal London Hospital.

    Furthermore, he continues to broaden his experience with visitations to international centres of excellence for spinal surgery (Antwerp Belgium, Bordeaux France, Neustadt Germany and Orlando USA). Syed has been pioneering the iMAS technique in the UK, using micro access techniques developed by Dr Robert Masson at Neurospine Institute, Orlando, USA (a Federally accredited Centre of Excellence). Syed believes that the best outcomes for patients can only be achieved when decisions are carefully considered and works within the framework of a multidisciplinary team.

    He is the Clinical Effectiveness Lead for Orthopaedics at the Royal London and is actively involved in teaching other doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. He organizes the ‘Spine Term’ for the Royal London Hospital and Sir Percival Pott Orthopaedic Rotations. Syed has published widely in a number of peer-reviewed medical journals and is actively involved in research into spinal surgery. He has presented at national and international conferences.

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    Education

    Cambridge University (Pembroke College) MVST

    Edinburgh University Medical School MBChB

    University College London MSc

    Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

    Member of British Association of Spinal Surgeons

    Member of North American Spine Society

    Member of British Medical Association

    Old Pauline (St Paul's School, London)

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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Discectomy
    5/22
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    5/22
    Lower back pain
    3/22
    Orthopaedic Surgery
    3/22
    Lower Back Pain
    2/22
    Sciatica
    2/22
    Spinal Surgery
    2/22
    Spinal decompresson
    2/22
    Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    2/22
    Complex spinal disorders
    1/22
    Degenerative disc disease
    1/22
    L3/4 TLIF + central canal decompression + L4/5 nerve root decompression
    1/22
    L5-S1 Disc Herniation
    1/22
    Lumbar back surgery
    1/22
    Neck Pain
    1/22
    Shoulder Pain
    1/22
    Spinal fusion
    1/22
    surgery for sciatica
    1/22
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    Mr Aftab is very professional and explains everything to detail. I am extremely pleased with what he has carried out on my neck.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Discectomy
    Excellent job carried out and very pleased with the outcome. Thank you Mr Aftab and his team.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc Discectomy
    Fantastic and professional throughout
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Discectomy
    Dr Aftab clearly explained the benefits and risks of surgery, and made helpful recommendations. He was also very professional and reassuring. He made himself available for a consultation at very short notice and was very fast and efficient in getting me booked in for surgery. I would highly recommend Dr Aftab
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Orthopaedic Surgery Spinal Surgery Sciatica Lower Back Pain Complex spinal disorders Spinal decompresson Spinal fusion
    Mr Aftab was excellent from start to finish, he explained my procedure very clearly and simply which so far has been a resounding success and I cannot thank him enough for his skill and expertise in hopefully solving my back problem.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Orthopaedic Surgery Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    Throughout the whole experience I always felt that Mr. Aftab had my best interests at heart. He took the time to explain the situation, and options, to me and was very patient with my many questions. As well as being a very competent surgeon he is a compassionate person who obviously cares for his patients.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Orthopaedic Surgery Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    Throughout my experience with Mr. Aftab I felt he always had my best interest at heart. He took time to explain the situation, and options, in a way I could understand and was patient of my many questions. He is obviously a more than competent surgeon as well as being a caring and compassionate person
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Dr Aftab has been absolutely amazing from the first point of contact till my aftercare. During these tough covid crisis times its important to see someone who can take care of your needs efficiently and safely .. - he has immense expertise and skill in his field and if your looking for someone who not only understands your concerns but also gives you different options and in-depth swift feedback on your tests /reports etc then don’t hesitate to contact him :) I’ve never been so happy with such amazing service and he knows his stuff inside out -I had an issue with my neck DR Aftab went to great lengths to ensure its not fatal -(anywhere else it could have been easily overlooked but he ensured it was through ) and I’m a at stage of feeling so relived with joy I can’t even explain In words - thank you for all your help support and amazing service I greatly appreciate it :) highly highly recommend him :))
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lumbar back surgery Discectomy Spinal decompresson
    From the very first consultation, the care I have received from Mr Aftab has been first class. Throughout, everything was fully explained in a straight forward and easy to understand way. After numerous MRI and CT/SPECT scans he articulated the findings clearly and advised what my options were. Each of these treatment options were explained clearly and matter of fact, which enabled me to make an informed decision on what was right for me. After I had exhausted all of the conservative options without success, I decided to proceed with lumbar decompression surgery, which was delayed due to Covid restrictions. Despite the pressures of an ongoing global pandemic, the care I received during this time was exceptional and helped me to navigate through a very difficult period of severe pain. After the restrictions were lifted, the surgery was successfully completed in Mid July and the outcome to date has been very positive. I cannot thank Mr Aftab enough for what he has done for me and I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone looking for an exceptional Orthopaedic surgeon.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    I saw Mr Aftab after seeing two other surgeons first. I was in a difficult situation with a slipped disc compressing a nerve and Mr Aftab delivered well beyond my expectations. His explanation was sufficiency detailed to satisfy my need for information, he was clear about what could be done and he communicated in a very friendly and very professional way. I'm now 3 weeks post op and the surgery has been more successful that I expected and the follow up appointment delivered with the same level of professionalism and support. I couldn't recommend Mr Aftab more. An extremely competent professional and thoroughly nice guy.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    Outstanding consultant, who gives you the realistic pros and cons of any procedure he is undertaking. He has always made himself available for any questions that need answering. I’m currently recovering from a ACDF procedure he performed and I would highly recommend Mr Aftab to anyone experiencing similar issues.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lower Back Pain Sciatica
    I have a long history of lower back pain, with a previous discectomy 6 years ago, my disc had deteriorated further and I needed urgent follow on treatment. The initial recommendation was to have some nerve block injections, which were carried out very quickly and provided instant relief of the sciatic leg pains. This gave Mr Aftab and his team time to fully evaluate the best approach for a long lasting resolution. Given my previous history, spine fusion was recommended, (ALIF). This was discussed with me at great length with risks explained very clearly, I also saw another member of the team who would be assisting with the surgery who also explained all possible risks and complications. Once I decided this was the best chance of reducing pain and increasing my mobility the operation was scheduled for late February. The day of the operation my wife accompanied me to the hospital, we saw Mr Aftab in the morning, he again explained the procedure and risks. ALIF is a major procedure, I would require a night in ICU, Mr Aftab offered to call my wife as soon as the surgery was finished, which was such a nice touch. The surgery went to plan, now 6 weeks after the procedure I am no longer taking pain medication, the pain is much reduced and each week I continue to improve. I am very grateful to Mr Aftab and his team for the excellent care I was given throughout the whole process.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Surgery
    Well as I mention in my previous Survey the hospital the staff nurses are excellent and exceptional but regarding Mr Aftab I wish I had the word to describe him, He’s ethic, professionalism and talent and the way he treat (operation) on me and how I fell now is exceeding my expectation. I have to say bravo to Bupa to-have such asset in their hospital.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    L3/4 TLIF + central canal decompression + L4/5 nerve root decompression
    An excellent Consultant who explains everything to the patient and ensures all necessary tests and discussions are carried out prior to any surgical intervention. His expertise and that of his Team, provided me with a very successful outcome and Mr Aftab continued to show the same dedication and care post-operatively. I am immensely grateful to him.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Shoulder Pain
    After 1 year of trying to resolve my issues with my shoulder and not finding a solution for my discomfort and pain I am beyond happy with my experience with Mr Syed Aftab. Not only am I impressed by his professionalism and knowledge I felt that he completely put me at ease and took the time to listen to my issues and its the only time I feel confident that I can resolve the issues I have with my shoulder. I cannot thank Mr Aftab enough for todays assessment meeting and also thank you to the Imaging reception team who also booked an MRI scan for my in lightening speed time. I would happily recommend anyone who is in need for this type of injury assessment to visit Mr Aftab for consultation. Thank you very much
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc Lower back pain surgery for sciatica Discectomy L5-S1 Disc Herniation
    Dr Aftab is a patient's dream. Confident, knowledgeable and with the rare ability to explain complex medical procedures/workings and make them so easy to understand. Within a minute of meeting Dr Aftab I knew I was in great hands. He made me feel so assured which was very crucial given I was having my first ever major surgery to treat a herniated disc in my lower back (L5-S1 Disc). Since my operation, I feel like I have my life back and I will be forever grateful for Dr Aftab for that. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to have me or my family go to Dr Aftab in the future.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    very warm and accommodating. Seems to have a very sharp understanding of the condition Clear explanations of the diagnosis.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Dr Aftab is very professional, respectful and observant. I would strongly recommend him.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Excellent and helpful, understanding doctor.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lower back pain
    My consultations have been very thorough. My back condition was accurately diagnosed on my first consultation and confirmed after MRI. A course of treatment has been arranged which I am happy with and am confident it will be successful.
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 5 doctors for:
    5

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr Shankar Ramaswamy
    Dr Shankar Ramaswamy
    Pain Management

    15-04-2020

    I highly recommend my spinal surgical colleague. He have recommended several of my patients to Mr.Aftab and they all seem very satisfied.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Spinal stenosis, Spine tumours and infections, Spine fractures and trauma
    For procedures: Discectomy, Lumbar back surgery, Spinal decompresson
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Dr Taher Mahmud
    Dr Taher Mahmud
    Rheumatology

    02-06-2019

    Mr Aftab is very experienced and highly regarded surgeon

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For procedures: Cervical (neck) surgery
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Mr Sammy Hanna
    Mr Sammy Hanna
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    03-06-2020

    Syed is a highly skilled surgeon who has excellent expertise in managing the full spectrum of spinal disorders, both conservatively and surgically. He always offers his patients the most advanced and cutting-edge treatments with excellent outcomes. I know Syed very well having trained together at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and now working closely as consultant colleagues. I regularly refer him patients for a spinal opinion, and they always speak very highly of his bedside manner and decision making ability. Highly recommended.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Fracture (broken bone), Sciatica, Spinal stenosis, Spine fractures and trauma, Sports Injuries
    For procedures: Cervical (neck) surgery, Spinal fusion, Complex Revision Spinal Surgery, Discectomy, Spine fracture surgery, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Mr Paul Culpan
    Mr Paul Culpan
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    27-08-2020

    Syed is a highly respected and impressively capable spine surgeon and colleague. He combines the very best surgical skills with the ability to communicate with his patients and colleagues to deliver the best of care. I would highly recommended Syed for the full spectrum of spine care.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Back Pain, Upper Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc, Spinal stenosis, Spine tumours and infections, Spinal deformity, Spine fractures and trauma, Arthritis (Spine), Vertebral compression fracture, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis, Coccyx fracture, Degenerative disc disease, Complex spinal disorders
    For procedures: Cervical (neck) surgery, Spinal fusion, Complex Revision Spinal Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Epidural, Thoracic back surgery, Spinal deformity correction, Discectomy, Lumbar back surgery, Scoliosis surgery, Laminectomy, Facet Joint Injection, Artificial Disc Replacement, Nerve Root Injection, Spine fracture surgery, Spinal decompresson, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    Connection: Is a colleague

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