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I am a consultant spinal surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, an internationally renowned centre of excellence. I specialise in all aspects of spinal surgery with a particular interest in paediatric and adult spine deformities. I advise on non-operative and operative management and support patients in making fully informed decisions. I use minimally invasive techniques, computer navigated surgery, robotic surgery and traditional open techniques as appropriate.

My paediatric scoliosis practice encompasses the full repertoire of management strategies including vertebral body tethering. I completed the prestigious National Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2018. This is a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship which covers the breadth of spinal surgery and the full spectrum of spinal conditions in both paediatric and adult patients.

Additionally, I completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 2017. This included minimally invasive and computer navigated surgery with Mr Robert Lee, paediatric deformity surgery with Mr Jan Lehovsky and spinal tumour surgery with Mr Hanny Anwar. I undertook an educational visit to the Eifelklinik in Germany to learn about vertebral body tethering.

I present at national and international spine surgery conferences and have published in peer-reviewed journals. I am passionate about teaching and am a faculty member for the Royal College of Surgeons of England's Advanced Trauma Life Support and Training the Trainers courses.

I am devoted to my family and spend as much time as I can with my two young daughters and wife, Jeanette. We particularly enjoy family cycles. I keep fit by running and play tennis and golf when the opportunity arises. I am a car enthusiast and participate in track days.

Specialties

Complex spinal surgery

Deformity, multi level and revision surgery.

Paediatric spine deformity and back pain

Scoliosis, kyphosis and pars injuries.

Paediatric scoliosis correction

Straightening of a curved spine.

Adult deformity correction

Scoliosis (sideways curvature of spine) and kyphosis (forward curvature of spine).

Minimally invasive interbody fusions

Lumbar interbody fusions done through approaches that minimise tissue damage and accelerate recovery.

Minimally invasive posterior fusions

Muscle sparing approaches which minimise tissue trauma and enhance recovery.

Computer navigated spine surgery

CT scan obtained in theatre during surgery and used for computer navigation to optimise accuracy of screw placement.

Lumbar spine decompressions

Stenosis causing leg symptoms and limited walking ability.

Lumbar microdiscectomies

Disc protrusions with sciatica (radiating leg pain).

Cervical spine decompressions and fusions

Spinal cord or nerve compression causing arm pain and loss of function.

Robotic guided spine surgery

Used selectively in addition to computer navigation to optimise accuracy of screw placement.

Vertebral body tethering

Non - fusion scoliosis correction in flexible curves of skeletally immature children.

Sacroiliac joint pain and fusions

Fusion once diagnosis confirmed and all non operative options exhausted.

Facet Joint Denervation / Rhizolysis

In proven facet joint syndrome to achieve long lasting back pain relief.

Fractures

Broken bones.

Tumours

Benign and cancerous lesions.

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Reviews

“As two hospital consultants, we are in a good position to appraise the quality of medical care. Our daughter developed adolescent idiopathic scoliosis which required surgical correction. We saw a consultant in the West Midlands (Mr Newton-Ede, also exceptional) who discussed a treatment plan and that due to the nature of the surgery, two consultants would be required for the operation. At times of the pandemic, we had a video consultation with Mr Mokawem. We immediately felt very comfortable with his reassuring and calm manner. The surgery was undertaken at Stanmore in June 2020 and our daughter is recovering well. In addition to Mr Mokawem’s undoubted surgical skills, he has an exceptional bedside manner. Both these attributes were confirmed by the staff at the hospital, who work with him at Stanmore. We noticed that one of the reviews for Mr Mokawem was a patient from Australia. We had to travel 100 miles to receive his care, we would quite happily have travelled a lot further.”

Written by a patient’s parents at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital 5th July 2020

“We highly recommend Mr Mokawem after the treatment and care he has given our daughter for her scoliosis. We sought treatment privately and had an initial Skype consultation with Mr Mokawem, one of the two consultant surgeons who would be operating on our daughter. His manner then and in all subsequent interactions was very reassuring and he has always made us feel able to approach him over any concerns, as well as making us feel confident in his skills and knowledge. Jeanette, his wife and Practice Manager, has also always been on hand and quick to respond to any queries we have had, both before and after the surgery. From initial consultation to surgery was less than 2 months and we were extremely grateful to be scheduled in so rapidly during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. After a successful operation at RNOH Stanmore Mr Mokawem visited the ward nearly every day, always with a calm and reassuring manner, and has responded helpfully and promptly to any queries we have had once home again, giving us a personal phone call when needed to discuss our daughter's recovery and always speaking to her directly too. He is an excellent surgeon with an approach that is personal and caring as well as professional.”

Written by a Patient’s parents at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital 9th July 2020

“Mr Mokawem made me feel incredibly reassured and at ease, I completely trusted him straight away. Given that I first spoke to him over the phone whilst in Australia, him having seen my MRI scan and read through my notes, he gave me an hour of his time at 8pm in the evening and did not rush at all, I think this shows how thorough, caring and generous he is. I was amazed at the notes he produced after this initial telephone consultation (in comparison to my doctor in Australia with whom I had very brief face to face consultations with and much less detailed notes). He had listened to every word and didn’t miss a thing! Coming in for surgery I felt at ease and completely trusted him. His advice really helped me decide to quickly fly home to have the surgery. I was particularly grateful that he brought my case to meetings and managed to fast track my procedure during unprecedented circumstances. His letter following my procedure and discharge from hospital were just as detailed and there was nothing I felt unsure about. Practice manager Jeanette was also a wonderful support during my time as Mr Mokawem’s patient, always a friendly and supportive voice at the end of the phone. I am really so grateful to them both and couldn't recommend Mr Mokawem more highly!”

Written by a patient at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital 26th March 2020

“In addition to the highly successful treatment which Mr Mokawem provided me I have been particularly pleased to note the unusual amount of personal interest which he accorded me. Before and after treatment he was very concerned with examining and discussing with me in detail the various elements of my problem, such that I felt particularly well attended to. My problem was a rather involved one with, at first, no clear way forward, but it was successfully resolved and I am most grateful”

Written by a patient at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital 17th February 2020
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Jeanette Mokawem
(BSc Physiotherapy)

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Qualifications & Training

  • FRCS (Tr&Orth) RCSEng - 2016
  • MRCS RCSEng – 2009
  • Diploma in Anaesthesia – 2005
  • National Spine Surgery Fellowship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 2018
  • Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust – 2017
  • Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Specialty Registrar Training, Health Education England Yorkshire and The Humber: 2011 – 2017

Governance

  • I am registered with all major insurers and am fee assured
  • New patient consultation fee: £250 
  • Follow up consultation fee: £150
  • I have full medical indemnity insurance through Premium Medical Protection and Allied World Assurance Company (Europe) DAC 
  • GMC Reference number 4670843

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