Trevor Stewart, Leeds UK
Occupation: lorry driver
If you told me a couple of months ago I’d end up having back surgery in Latvia I’d have said you were barmy. But that’s what happened. It all started a couple of months ago. After a tough day at work I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my left leg. The next morning I had to ring in sick and go see my GP. He referred me to my local hospital where I was given an MRI. The MRI showed I had a huge disc herniation between the L5 and S1 discs in my back. The hospital gave me another referral. This time to a neurosurgeon. It was full 6 weeks before I could see him and I’ll tell you, it was the longest 6 weeks of my life. When I finally did see him he recommended a microdiscectomy since he thought my problem wasn’t going to get better by itself. Then he said I’d have to wait at least 3 more months before I could have the surgery. I’d heard of long queues for NHS surgery but this was ridiculous!
One of my mates at work said I should try looking for a private hospital in Eastern Europe to do the surgery. I didn’t know what to think about that idea. But after doing an Internet search I found Neuro Spine Riga and rang them up. Just a couple of weeks later I was in Latvia of all places having my surgery. I’ve got to say what an eye opener. Everyone spoke English and was really nice. Latvia itself is a great place. I met the surgeon the day I arrived and he explained the whole process. After surgery I came to free of the pain that had been driving me nutters. I stayed overnight at Neuro Spine Riga just to be safe and was discharged the next day. The surgeon said I shouldn’t sit for 2-3 weeks after the surgery so I stayed in Riga for 2 ½ weeks to recover. Now I’m back in the UK and never felt better. If I had waited for NHS I’d still be bedridden. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone at Neuro Spine Riga. Because of you I’ve got my life back! I’d recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat. The whole staff were brilliant!* This is feedback from our former patients, and such an outcome cannot be guaranteed or promised.