Mr Mo Akmal

Mr Mo Akmal

MBBS MD BSc (Hons) FRCS (Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

Recommended by 2 specialists
29 years of experience
17 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

4.99

Bedside Manner

5

Explanation

4.98

Top feedback

“I can't thank Mr Akmal and team at the London Spine Unit enough for their help. I had a herniated disc in my back which was causing pain and restrictions. Compared to other offers of surgery (e.g. several nights in hospital), the day surgery and minimally invasive procedure were hugely appealing. I am now 3 weeks post surgery, have no pain and am recovering incredibly quickly if I compare myself to friends who have had a similar procedure. it was truly remarkable, straightforward and the team were kind, friendly and always helpful. very highly recommended! Of note, Mr Akmal explained everything really well, gave me the choice of proceeding or not and it felt very collaborative. “
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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
    125 reviews

    London Spine Unit

    19 Harley Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 9QJ
    34 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.

    Procedures

    • Discectomy
    • Joint Injection
    • Artificial Disc Replacement (Cervical)
    • Cervical (Neck) Surgery
    • Epidural
    • Facet Joint Injection
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    • Nerve Root Injection
    • Artificial Disc Replacement
    • Complex Revision Spinal Surgery
    • Facet Joint Replacement
    • Hip Preservation Surgery
    • Laminectomy
    • Lumbar Back Surgery
    • 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
    • Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    • Back Pain
    • Sciatica
    • Arthritis (Spine)
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Coccyx Fracture
    • Complex Spinal Disorders
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Spinal Deformity
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Fractures and Trauma
    • Spine Tumours and Infections
    • Spondylolisthesis & Spondylosis
    • 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
    4.99
    Bedside Manner
    5
    Explanation
    4.98
    Lower Back Pain
    18/121
    Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
    7/121
    Back Pain
    6/121
    Discectomy
    5/121
    Spinal Surgery
    4/121
    Sciatica
    3/121
    Joint Injection
    2/121
    Arthritis (Spine)
    1/121
    Artificial Disc Replacement (Cervical)
    1/121
    Cervical (Neck) Surgery
    1/121
    Degenerative Disc Disease
    1/121
    Epidural
    1/121
    Facet Joint Injection
    1/121
    Kyphoplasty
    1/121
    Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    1/121
    Nerve Root Injection
    1/121
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    I can't thank Mr Akmal and team at the London Spine Unit enough for their help. I had a herniated disc in my back which was causing pain and restrictions. Compared to other offers of surgery (e.g. several nights in hospital), the day surgery and minimally invasive procedure were hugely appealing. I am now 3 weeks post surgery, have no pain and am recovering incredibly quickly if I compare myself to friends who have had a similar procedure. it was truly remarkable, straightforward and the team were kind, friendly and always helpful. very highly recommended! Of note, Mr Akmal explained everything really well, gave me the choice of proceeding or not and it felt very collaborative.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    After suffering with back pain for most of my 20s, I am so happy I found Mr Mo Akmal. I had many years of misdiagnosis and never really felt my condition was understood. After my first consultation with Mr Akmal I felt like he understood me and I knew I was in safe hands. We went through all of my options and after a year of treatment, decided it was time for a L5/S1 Primary Posterior Lumbar Fusion with Instrumentation. The whole process was really easy and straightforward and I was able to leave the hospital the same day. The recovery period was tough at times, but I can honestly say so worth it. The difference it has made to my life is amazing. I am now 4 months post-op, I feel incredible and am back to normal daily life without back pain. After suffering for so long, I feel like a huge wait has been lifted and that is all thanks to Mr Akmal and his team. All of whom were incredibly professional and kind. I would like to give a special thanks to Mr Akmal and Dr Lok for the reassuring phone calls during my recovery period at home - I'm not sure if they realise just how reassuring they were. I have no hesitation in recommending their services. Thank you so much.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Given Mr Akmal is a highly renowned spine surgeon my expectations were high - I am happy to write they were not only met but exceeded. I underwent cutting edge laser surgery for a cervical disc herniation with excellent results. I knew I was making an informed decision and was reassured at all times. I effectively had surgery without an incision, resulting in a much quicker recovery, especially valuable for my work as a Pilates teacher. Both the clinical and administrative teams were extremely welcoming and helpful making my overall experience at the hospital 10/10.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    I have known Dr Akmal and his team for the past 8 years, I have seen him and his team ON and OFF for issues regarding my neck, C4/5, C5/6 , C6/7. I first had 3 lots of injections into this area back at the start of things. This helped me for 3 years. Dr Akmal did not want to operate at the time due to my age still been under 40 then. After 3 years I had to see Dr Akmal and his team again. We tried the injection route again but after a few attempts we then had to make the call to cut. I had C5/6 and C6/7 +/- C4/5 anterior cervical decompression and fusion / disc replacement carried out. This was a success and I was out of the hospital within 3 days and recovery took place for the next few months. This year I was operated on the back of my neck for a posterior cervical foraminotomy on the left side at the C5/6 and C6/7 levels. We tried the injections last year but this did not help. Due to Covid to this should have been carried out last year. Dr Akmal explained the risks include nerve injury, dural tear and pain post-operatively but the procedure is fairly routine and the risks are relatively low. Surgery has now taken place back in February. I was released the same day later that evening and been back for my check ups and things are looking up. I am currently training for a half triathlon that I will take part in second week of July. I am doing anything from 120 km to 170 km a week on the bike and running now upto 10 km a day on my running days. I have not been able to swim yet due to pools been closed but I have no issues with movement in me neck. I am very happy I chose Dr Akmal from the start. I did seen two others before him, they were happy to just cut and not look at what was best for me. I also strongly believe the newer technology Dr Akmal uses has really helped me any my life style I lead with sports. I know I would not have had the same results if I did not take the route with Dr Akmal. I really can’t say much more but I am very happy I met Dr Akmal when I did, he has been great and so has his team.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    My experience Mr. Mo Akmal was very positive. He was honest and compitent.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Very good treatment from Mr. Akmal and the staff with amazing results. After the first spinal injection I was sure the treatment won't work but as the team encouraged me to keep going to the second injection it then total disappeared. They were also very helpful with all the documents needed for the insurance cover. Much appreciated!
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Unbelievable
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    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 Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    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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    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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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 2 specialists
    Dr Khaled Tawfik
    Dr Khaled Tawfik
    General Practice (GP)
    Is a colleague

    "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."

    28-04-2019

    Recommended for:
    Sciatica, Peripheral Nerve Injury, Spinal Deformity
    Mr Caspar Aylott
    Mr Caspar Aylott
    Orthopaedic Surgery
    Is a colleague

    "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."

    12-08-2020

    Recommended for:
    Back Pain

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