Flo Turner, Manchester UK
Occupation: office worker
Six months ago I was at home in Manchester doing some tidying up around the house. As I was moving the sofa I experienced a sudden and severe pain down my right leg. At first I thought I’d pulled a muscle but it wasn’t like any muscle strain I’d experienced before. In fact, that pain was so bad I wasn’t able to go to work the next day. My GP gave me pain killers. They got rid of some of the pain but not all of it. Then I was referred for an MRI on my lower back which showed a large disc herniation pinching the nerve that runs down my leg. It was thought physiotherapy might help. But after 2 weeks there was no improvement. Finally, I saw a neurosurgeon who agreed to operate. However, he explained that the type of surgery I needed – microdiscectomy he called it – had a waiting list that could be as long as 6 months. I was shocked. A friend suggested I look online for private hospitals in other EU countries and that’s when I found Neuro Spine Riga.
I called the number and talked to their patient coordinator here in the UK. She was lovely and helpful and she explained all my options to me. After thinking about it overnight I called her back the next day and arranged to have my surgery only 3 weeks later. When the time came the flight to Latvia took only a couple of hours and Neuro Spine Riga picked me up at the airport. 2 days later the surgery was done and I was completely pain free. What a blessing! I stayed at a resort in Riga for another 2 weeks and it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. What a beautiful city! As I write this I’m back in the UK and completely back to normal. I can’t thank the doctors and staff at Neuro Spine Riga enough. Everyone was helpful and spoke English and the surgeon was extremely professional and answered all my questions. I would highly recommend Neuro Spine Riga to anyone who needs this type of surgery.* This is feedback from our former patients, and such an outcome cannot be guaranteed or promised.