Mr Mo Akmal

Mr Mo Akmal

MBBS MD BSc (Hons) FRCS (Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

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2 specialists

27 years of experience
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
4.99
Bedside Manner
5
Explanation
4.97

Top feedback

“I have had back problems for years after an injury at work when I was in my early 20s. I have seen multiple doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and even other surgeons but for 8 years I struggled on with no improvement, if anything the condition got worse. At times I would often have to stay in bed for a week or take a lot of pain killers to get through a working day when things would flare up. Dr Akmal and his team were patient and really listened to my history and condition. He was quick to see the problem from an MRI and suggested different options for my recovery starting with the least invasive with the hope this would work. Sadly we tried a few things which didnt work but I am glad we went through the process of ruling out lesser procedures first and also physiotherapy. In the end we made the decision that I should have a L4/L5 lumbar spinal fusion as a day case. I was very nervous about this as I really wanted to avoid surgery however Dr Akmal and the team talked me through everything and reassured me that the benefits could really be amazing and I have to say they were really right. It took a few weeks to let everything heal but within 2 months I could already feel the benefits and now after 5 months from the surgery I feel like a new person, I have my full mobility back, can still comfortably, lift things and move and exercise in a way that I haven’t been able to in years and all without the fear of further hurting myself. I really cant praise Dr Akmal and the team enough. He is patient, kind and understanding and really put me at ease and answered any questions and concerns I had. I would recommend anyone with back issues to consult with him as it really could change your life and I am so grateful. “
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Subspecialty

  • Spinal Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3680643
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250

    Follow-up appointment: £180

    Practices worked at

    The Harley Street Hospital

    19 Harley Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 9QJ
    119 reviews

    London Spine Unit

    19 Harley Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 9QJ
    21 reviews

    About

    Mr Mo Akmal, Consultant Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon specialist in spinal disorders in London UK, is an Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon specialising in the management of back and neck pain.

    He is a specialist in the treatment of disc degeneration, sciatica, disc prolapse, spine infections, spine trauma, spine cancer management. His main interests are the treatment of painful conditions of the back and neck such as sciatica, lumbago, slipped disc in the spine, vertebral compression fractures.

    His practice includes Degenerative disease, Trauma, Infection, Scoliosis and Tumours. Mr Akmal performs Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery, Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Procedures including kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fractures and has access to a full team of practitioners that specialize in Core Stability, Neural Dynamisation and Functional Restoration programmes.


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
    • Spinal surgery 
    • Lumbar Discectomy as Day Case under Local Anaesthetic Specialist
    • Lumbar Decompression as Day Case Specialist using Local Anaesthetic and Sedation Only
    • Lumbar Stabilisation Surgery as Day case using Local Anaesthetic and Sedation
    • Spinal Injections
    • Radiofrequency Denervation Specialist
    • Cervical Disc Replacement
    • Lumbar fusion as Day Surgery
    • Laser Spine Surgery
    • Regenerative Treatments for Back Pain
    • Balloon Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty as Day Surgery
    • Lumbar Spine Stenosis Treatments
    • Back pain
    • Spinal surgery
    • discectomy
    • Kyphoplasty
    • disc replacement
    • spinal injection
    •  spinal fracture
    • cervical disc replacement
    • lumbar fusion
    • laser discectomy
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    Medical procedures

    • Joint Injection
    • Lumbar back surgery
    • Artificial Disc Replacement
    • Cervical (Neck) Surgery
    • Complex Revision Spinal Surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Epidural
    • Facet Joint Injection
    • Facet Joint Replacement
    • Hip Preservation Surgery
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminectomy
    • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    • Nerve Root Injection
    • Scoliosis surgery
    • Spinal decompresson
    • Spinal deformity correction
    • Spinal fusion
    • Spine fracture surgery
    • Thoracic back surgery
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

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

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Science (Hons) BSc(Hons) - 1991
    • Imperial College London Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Medicine (1986 - 1992)
    • Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons 2003
    • Doctorate in Medicine (MD) - University of London 2005
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    Reviews

    4.99 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Lower Back Pain
    15/114
    Spinal Injections for Pain
    6/114
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    5/114
    Back Pain
    4/114
    Discectomy
    4/114
    Lumbar back surgery
    4/114
    Spinal Pain
    4/114
    Degenerative disc disease
    3/114
    Epidural injection
    3/114
    Sciatica
    3/114
    hip pain
    3/114
    Joint Injection
    2/114
    Neck Pain
    2/114
    Spinal Surgery
    2/114
    Spinal fusion
    2/114
    Arthritis (Spine)
    1/114
    Back pain
    1/114
    Balloon sinuplasty
    1/114
    Cervical (neck) surgery
    1/114
    Epidural
    1/114
    Facet Joint Injection
    1/114
    Knee injections (including steroid, hyaluronic acid, PRP and nStride)
    1/114
    Kyphoplasty
    1/114
    Leg Pain
    1/114
    Lumber Spinal fusion
    1/114
    Nerve Pain
    1/114
    Nerve Root Injection
    1/114
    Prolapsed disc
    1/114
    Spinal decompresson
    1/114
    laser treatment
    1/114
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    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lower Back Pain Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc Spinal fusion
    I have had back problems for years after an injury at work when I was in my early 20s. I have seen multiple doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and even other surgeons but for 8 years I struggled on with no improvement, if anything the condition got worse. At times I would often have to stay in bed for a week or take a lot of pain killers to get through a working day when things would flare up. Dr Akmal and his team were patient and really listened to my history and condition. He was quick to see the problem from an MRI and suggested different options for my recovery starting with the least invasive with the hope this would work. Sadly we tried a few things which didnt work but I am glad we went through the process of ruling out lesser procedures first and also physiotherapy. In the end we made the decision that I should have a L4/L5 lumbar spinal fusion as a day case. I was very nervous about this as I really wanted to avoid surgery however Dr Akmal and the team talked me through everything and reassured me that the benefits could really be amazing and I have to say they were really right. It took a few weeks to let everything heal but within 2 months I could already feel the benefits and now after 5 months from the surgery I feel like a new person, I have my full mobility back, can still comfortably, lift things and move and exercise in a way that I haven’t been able to in years and all without the fear of further hurting myself. I really cant praise Dr Akmal and the team enough. He is patient, kind and understanding and really put me at ease and answered any questions and concerns I had. I would recommend anyone with back issues to consult with him as it really could change your life and I am so grateful.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lumbar back surgery Nerve Root Injection Epidural
    My wife had been in severe back and leg pain for almost 3 months, we had tried going to A&E a few times to get help but all they did was keep giving her stronger pain killers and requested a scan which took 2 months to come through and was dated for a further month she was crying in pain and I had to literally carry her to the toilet and had to bath her I was left with limited choices I took her to Dubai for a quicker privately funded a MRI scan which showed her disc impairment and was advised laser back therapy treatment which did not help we came back to the uk, by this time she was in a wheelchair and completely reliant on myself which caused a lot of emotional stress along with having to see her cry all the time we then had some treatment in Sheffield which again did not help at this point I was sure she needed back surgery and the NHS wasn’t willing to help until they said she reached the peak of this problem and was told to dial 999 if her water works had stopped which I found even more worrying and pathetic I didn’t want to see my wife struggle or cry anymore so I searched up the best back specialists in uk and Mr Mo Akmal from Harley Street Hospital (HSH) came up he was available for an appointment the next day when we attended he reassured us by looking at her MRI scan report that she needed an operation but of course there was other cheaper treatments available to us to try before so I made it clear to DR Mo Akmal that money was no issue and we need the best treatment which was going to be having back surgery we was called back to HSH for an operation 2 days later DR Mo Akmal was amazing and provided the best reassurance and said “ she’s in a wheelchair but she will walk back out of here” I was jumping for joy my wife went in on a wheelchair and Alhamdulillah walked back out on her own 2 feet I just can’t thank DR MO AKMAL and his team at Harley Street Hospital the best place for treatment and the best care from the moment you enter their front door till you walk out 10/10
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Degenerative disc disease Cervical (neck) surgery Facet Joint Injection Epidural injection Joint Injection Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    Cervical bulging disc I visited Mr Akmal with severe cervical radiculopathy and muscle loss due to a bulging cervical disk. I was unable to pick my children up, work full days or participate in any sports. I had exhausted all other avenues of treatment and had reservations about visiting a surgeon. Mr Akmal put my mind at ease straight away. He is extremely professional, an excellent communicator and clearly has a great passion and expertise for what he does. I had an MRI and two consultations in one morning which was extremely convenient and well organised. Mr Akmal then clearly and concisely talked me through the cause of my cervical pain and possible solutions and outcomes of treatments. I felt no pressure to have any procedures carried out and in fact, Mr Akmal discouraged me from surgery straight away due to the possibility of natural recovery. At no point did I feel rushed and Mr Akmal gave me all the time I needed to ask questions. I opted for steroid injections to possibly speed/help this process along. Unfortunately, the cervical disc was quite stubborn and I returned 6 weeks later to have a cervical laser discectomy procedure. All of my procedures were carried out onsite at the Harley Street Hospital. The facility is world-class and every member of Mr Akmal’s team were outstanding from start to finish. You truly feel like you are in the best hands possible. 9 months on I am pain-free and have returned to normal life. I am eternally grateful for Mr Akmal’s skill and the manner in which he helped me navigate a horrible chapter in my life. I cannot recommend Mr Akmal highly enough.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Brilliant. A credit to medicine and someone I will be eternally grateful to!
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Excellent, explanation clear and gives confidence. A top spinal surgeon.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Arthritis (Spine)
    I am extremely fortunate in finding Mr Akmal over 15 years ago as I had spinal problems due to an accident 40 years ago of which the damage had been accelerated over the years. Mr Akmal saved my life literally 15 years ago with triple cervical disc replacement and again today with a double insert in lower lumbar area. I would not hesitate to highly recommend him to anyone with any spinal problems.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lumbar back surgery
    Mr Akmal was welcoming and put me at ease straight away. Consultation time was certainly not strict as he seemed to have all the time in the world for me. He explained everything so well and gave me options on the best treatment. His experience and knowledge together with the team he has around him gave me the reassurance to go for this pioneering treatment. At the follow up post operation, again Mr Akmal afforded me all the time I needed. He explained how the procedure went, what he did and what to expect in the future. I would certainly recommend Mr Akmal for anyone with a painful back problem
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    Excellent surgeon, very reassuring and clearly very motivated in his field
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Injections for Pain
    Mr Akmal is a first class surgeon in whom I have great faith. I have seen him previously some years ago for a similar procedure when the results were excellent. I have every confidence that the results will be equally excellent this time. He explains everything very clearly and is happy to take time in doing so. If I should need an orthopaedic surgeon in the future I will not hesitate to go to Mr Akmal.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lumber Spinal fusion
    Mr Akmal explained everything very well, also covered the options that were available. He made me feel at ease throughout.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Disc Hernia - Corticoid injections in the spine to relieve pain Caudal epidural combined with corticoid injections was performed 15 days ago at the London spine unit by Dr. Mo Akmal (spine surgeon) and his anesthetist (Dr. Ali), very professionally, nicely and reassuringly. Immediate relief, being able to walk and move with ease since (was completely stuck in bed before, in great pain unable to help my husband and 3 children). Despite being sedated and the epidural, felt I just had a nice nap after waking up (which is usually not the case after this kind of anesthetic). Nurses and staff also very pro and caring. All this was amazingly arranged very promptly. Follow up experience was also very professional. Never felt they were in a rush to get the consultations over, which is also pleasant. Would recommend this team with no hesitation (already had similar procedure in the past, but far less nice). Saved my summer!
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    My experience of Mr Akmal was excellent. He was very responsive and clear in explaining my condition and advising which route of treatment to take.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Discectomy Spinal decompresson
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    Wouldn't trust anyone else to do my procedures
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    Great Experience at the London Spine Unit I had a disc bulge (L3-L4/, L4-L5) about 5 years ago and had to do spinal decompression using the IDD machine at least twice a year in both the US and UK respectively. This was helpful but didn’t completely eliminate the pain. I walked up to the London Spine Unit at the Harley Street Hospital where I met Dr Mo Akmal and that marked a turning point in my lumbar back episode. He introduced me to a novel technique- Laser Discectomy- a laser disc surgery. Dr. Akmal is the most professional, erudite and humane Doctor I’ve met in recent times. His confidence, care and compassion boosted my moral. Dr Akmal emits positive energy and looks at bright side of life. These virtues facilitated my decision to carry on with the procedure. In less than 45 minutes on my scheduled date I was done. All phobia gone. No pains, no relapse. I’m up & confident again leading my life with joy. Kudos to Dr Akmal and the great team at the London Spine Unit. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending anyone or family that requires this treatment as they stand to benefit greatly.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lower Back Pain
    Great service
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Sciatica
    Very efficient and no 'let's wait and see' attitude!
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Wonderful, calm and reassuring. After months of pain and being unable to walk upright, I am standing straight 2 hours after surgery by Mr Akmal
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Perfect staff
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 2 doctors for:
    2

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr Khaled Tawfik
    Dr Khaled Tawfik
    General Practice (GP)

    28-04-2019

    I work closely with Mr Akmal and he has always been an approachable and conscientious surgeon. He takes a genuine interest in his patients and I have always heard patients singing his praises, particularly for the relief of back pain after his innovative and skilled spinal injections. He always seems to make time for both colleagues and patients.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Sciatica, Peripheral Nerve Injury, Spinal deformity
    For procedures: Lumbar Back Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Mr Caspar Aylott
    Mr Caspar Aylott
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    12-08-2020

    Mo Akmal is very experienced spinal surgeon. He is an excellent and supportive colleague. He always puts the care and well being of his patients first. I would have no hesitation recommending my friends or family to see him.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Back Pain
    For procedures: Spinal Fusion, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    Connection: Is a colleague

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