A MAN from Seaton Carew has thanked a surgeon for helping him to walk again after successful surgery to repair a long term hernia problem.
Dennis, who is 72, was referred for an appointment with associate specialist Manuf Kassem at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust who operated on him.
Mr Kassem has achieved significant success with dozens of patients who have suffered with a similar issue.
Mr Kassem said: “With a patient who has already had five operations on the same area, it is always a very complex case.
“It is certainly very rare for surgery to be carried out to help repair a hernia for the sixth time – this is something I have never been involved with before.
“Because of the previous five operations which he underwent elsewhere, a lot of the muscles in that area were damaged and some of the meshes used in the previous operations were stuck together and needed clearing.
“Additionally, I had to improvise to restore some of the anatomy to succeed in this procedure which was technically challenging.
“I am very pleased with how Dennis’ operation went. He is now able to live a comfortable life, he can go on holiday and not have to worry about this issue recurring.”
Speaking at a follow-up appointment with Mr Kassem several months after surgery, Dennis said: “To be honest, life for me until recently has been pretty ropey.
“I’ve been in so much pain that I’ve been unable to walk anywhere or do much at all.
“People don’t understand how much this can affect your life.
“When I was researching about hernia surgeons in the area, I came across Mr Kassem’s name – he has had a great deal of success and excellent patient feedback.
“Now, standing here a few months after surgery, I know I made the right decision. I feel 100 times better. I have Mr Kassem and his team to thank for changing my life for the better.”