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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.
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)
I saw Mr Aftab after seeing two other surgeons first. I was in a difficult situation with a slipped disc compressing a nerve and Mr Aftab delivered well beyond my expectations. His explanation was sufficiency detailed to satisfy my need for information, he was clear about what could be done and he communicated in a very friendly and very professional way. I'm now 3 weeks post op and the surgery has been more successful that I expected and the follow up appointment delivered with the same level of professionalism and support. I couldn't recommend Mr Aftab more. An extremely competent professional and thoroughly nice guy.
Outstanding consultant, who gives you the realistic pros and cons of any procedure he is undertaking. He has always made himself available for any questions that need answering. I’m currently recovering from a ACDF procedure he performed and I would highly recommend Mr Aftab to anyone experiencing similar issues.
I have a long history of lower back pain, with a previous discectomy 6 years ago, my disc had deteriorated further and I needed urgent follow on treatment. The initial recommendation was to have some nerve block injections, which were carried out very quickly and provided instant relief of the sciatic leg pains. This gave Mr Aftab and his team time to fully evaluate the best approach for a long lasting resolution. Given my previous history, spine fusion was recommended, (ALIF). This was discussed with me at great length with risks explained very clearly, I also saw another member of the team who would be assisting with the surgery who also explained all possible risks and complications. Once I decided this was the best chance of reducing pain and increasing my mobility the operation was scheduled for late February. The day of the operation my wife accompanied me to the hospital, we saw Mr Aftab in the morning, he again explained the procedure and risks. ALIF is a major procedure, I would require a night in ICU, Mr Aftab offered to call my wife as soon as the surgery was finished, which was such a nice touch. The surgery went to plan, now 6 weeks after the procedure I am no longer taking pain medication, the pain is much reduced and each week I continue to improve. I am very grateful to Mr Aftab and his team for the excellent care I was given throughout the whole process.
Well as I mention in my previous Survey the hospital the staff nurses are excellent and exceptional but regarding Mr Aftab I wish I had the word to describe him, He’s ethic, professionalism and talent and the way he treat (operation) on me and how I fell now is exceeding my expectation. I have to say bravo to Bupa to-have such asset in their hospital.
An excellent Consultant who explains everything to the patient and ensures all necessary tests and discussions are carried out prior to any surgical intervention. His expertise and that of his Team, provided me with a very successful outcome and Mr Aftab continued to show the same dedication and care post-operatively. I am immensely grateful to him.
After 1 year of trying to resolve my issues with my shoulder and not finding a solution for my discomfort and pain I am beyond happy with my experience with Mr Syed Aftab. Not only am I impressed by his professionalism and knowledge I felt that he completely put me at ease and took the time to listen to my issues and its the only time I feel confident that I can resolve the issues I have with my shoulder. I cannot thank Mr Aftab enough for todays assessment meeting and also thank you to the Imaging reception team who also booked an MRI scan for my in lightening speed time. I would happily recommend anyone who is in need for this type of injury assessment to visit Mr Aftab for consultation. Thank you very much
Dr Aftab is a patient's dream. Confident, knowledgeable and with the rare ability to explain complex medical procedures/workings and make them so easy to understand. Within a minute of meeting Dr Aftab I knew I was in great hands. He made me feel so assured which was very crucial given I was having my first ever major surgery to treat a herniated disc in my lower back (L5-S1 Disc). Since my operation, I feel like I have my life back and I will be forever grateful for Dr Aftab for that. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to have me or my family go to Dr Aftab in the future.
very warm and accommodating. Seems to have a very sharp understanding of the condition Clear explanations of the diagnosis.
Dr Aftab is very professional, respectful and observant. I would strongly recommend him.
Excellent and helpful, understanding doctor.
My consultations have been very thorough. My back condition was accurately diagnosed on my first consultation and confirmed after MRI. A course of treatment has been arranged which I am happy with and am confident it will be successful.
Mr Aftab is an excellent doctor. Very understanding, personable and knowledgeable. He understood the importance of sports and worked very hard to re-assure me that I would be able to return to exercise despite my injury.
I’ve had loads of consultations over the years. This was easily the best. Incredibly knowledgeable precise and structured. Clear understanding of my concerns and objectives. If the next steps are conducted in the same way I feel confident that I will understand my pain better and may even get it alleviated.
Syed is a highly skilled surgeon who has excellent expertise in managing the full spectrum of spinal disorders, both conservatively and surgically. He always offers his patients the most advanced and cutting-edge treatments with excellent outcomes. I know Syed very well having trained together at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and now working closely as consultant colleagues. I regularly refer him patients for a spinal opinion, and they always speak very highly of his bedside manner and decision making ability. Highly recommended.
I highly recommend my spinal surgical colleague. He have recommended several of my patients to Mr.Aftab and they all seem very satisfied.
Mr Aftab is very experienced and highly regarded surgeon