Mr Syed Aftab

Mr Syed Aftab

MA Cantab MBChB FRCS(T&O) MSc

Orthopaedic Surgery

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13 specialists

15 years of experience

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

5

Bedside Manner

5

Explanation

5

Top feedback

“Immediately felt in safe hands. Great bed side manner, whilst remaining direct and factual“
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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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    Medical procedures

    • Discectomy
    • Artificial Disc Replacement
    • Cervical (Neck) Surgery
    • Complex Revision Spinal Surgery
    • Epidural
    • Facet Joint Injection
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminectomy
    • Lumbar Back Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    • Nerve Root Injection
    • Scoliosis Surgery
    • Spinal Decompresson
    • Spinal Deformity Correction
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spine Fracture Surgery
    • Thoracic (Back) Surgery
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    Special interests

    • Lower Back Pain
    • Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    • Sciatica
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Arthritis (Spine)
    • Back Pain
    • Coccyx Fracture
    • Complex Spinal Disorders
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Spinal Deformity
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Fractures and Trauma
    • Spine Tumours and Infections
    • Spondylolisthesis & Spondylolysis
    • Sports-Related Spine Injuries
    • Upper Back Pain
    • Vertebral Compression Fracture
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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
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    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    5/33
    Lower Back Pain
    5/33
    Discectomy
    4/33
    Sciatica
    3/33
    Spinal Surgery
    2/33
    Back Pain
    1/33
    Cervical (Neck) Surgery
    1/33
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    (5/5)
    Immediately felt in safe hands. Great bed side manner, whilst remaining direct and factual
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Rewarding And understanding
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Very easy going and consise surgeon. Always able to explain well in a very friendly manner. Thank you.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    I couldn't have gone to a better surgeon. I can't begin to describe how grateful I am to have gone under Mr. Aftab's care. I struggled with left leg/lower back pain for around 8 months before I came to see Mr. Aftab. He was the first to figure out what was wrong with me and he helped me get back to better health very quickly. He understood the discomfort I was in and he cared a lot about getting me back to feeling myself. I've never had health complications like this before, so I was anxious going into the whole process, but Mr. Aftab made me feel calm and comfortable at every step of the way, even throughout my first surgery. I feel very lucky and privileged that I have been under the care of Mr. Aftab and his team. Even just weeks after my surgery, I feel infinitely better. He fixed me. My pain now, compared to what I felt before, negligible. I can't recommend him enough. I can't speak highly enough of him. He's an expert. He cares. You'll be in the best hands, as far as I'm concerned.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Syed Aftab operated on me in March this year. From the pre-op discussions to the day of operation, I found Syed to be highly professional, able to deal effectively with my concerns, excellent at communicating how the procedure would go, very reassuring/comforting and a friendly character. I felt very much in safe hands and if someone asked me to recommend an Orthopaedic surgeon then I would suggest Syed wholeheartedly. The procedure went smoothly and I am now recovering well. Overall an excellent but unwanted experience!
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    دكتور افتاب طيب وخلوق ومتعاون وترتاح له نفسيا عند الحضور للعيادة وهو ودكتور ذو خبرة ومهاره عالية في جراحة العمود الفقري لقد أجري لبنتي عملية عمود فقري تعتبر من العمليات الكبيره والدقيقة والحمدالله نجحت العملية بفضل رب العالمين وبفضل الدكتور وخبرته الواسعة في هذا المجال انصح الجميع للتعامل مع هذا الدكتور الممتاز والعبقري شكرا جزيلا يادكتور مهما اشكرك لااستطيع ان اوصفك من طيبة واخلاق وخبره
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Mr Aftab treated me with respect and dignity and explained my treatment without using jargon and got me involved throughout and considered my opinions at every stage. He was very considerate and thorough with everything. I found him very cautious and calm in dealing with a very difficult problem where my disc had slipped and was threatening my spinal cord. He is a very good communicator and has an excellent team with whom he consulted with great confidence. He solved my problem by carrying out a very serious surgery and it worked very well for me. I always thought that good surgeons performed miracles, but for me Mr Aftab did the impossible. I am now fit and well and it would not have been possible without his excellent team and his personal enthusiasm and I felt very safe with him.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Well versed in all areas relating to the spine. Was extremely thorough with my ongoing issues regarding the sciatica. Gave detailed explanation of the procedure he would preform
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Great guy! Very professional, both Mr Syed Aftab and all his staff. Great communication, very responsive and I am just so happy with the outcome of my procedure, thank you so much.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Mr Aftab immediately put me at ease, explaining the recommended procedure and what I could expect. He explained what could go wrong as well so I was fully informed.
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 13 doctors for:
    13

    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 Hrsikesa Sharma
    Mr Hrsikesa Sharma
    Plastic Surgery

    08-02-2021

    Mr Aftab is a great colleague who is always reliable and helpful. He approaches his patients with attention to detail and a down to earth caring nature that patients really appreciate. Nothing is too much for him as he goes above and beyond to achieve the best outcomes for his patients.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For procedures: Video Consultation, Cartilage Surgery (Knee), Arthroscopy, Steroid Injection, Limb-Lengthening Surgery, Postoperative Rehabilitation
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Mr Hussain Alnajjar
    Mr Hussain Alnajjar
    Urology

    09-02-2021

    Mr Aftab is an outstanding spinal surgeon and a British pioneer in orthopaedic spinal surgery. He carried the first robot assisted spine surgery in the UK with great success. Mr Aftab has exceptional interpersonal skills with great sensitivity and care for his patients and colleagues alike. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family with no hesitation.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Back Pain
    For procedures: Lumbar Back Surgery
    Connection: Is a colleague

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