I visited Mr Otto Von Arx after several visits to my GP who had not diagnosed a severe problem with my lower back which was impacting all of my movement. Mr Otto Von Arx quickly diagnosed this and organised for this to be speedily confirmed by MRI. This led to the correct treatment and I have not suffered any back pain since my treatment and medication ended over 5 months ago (July 2018).
Not only is Mr Von Arx a deeply professional and able specialist he is also a very caring and empathetic man. This I witnessed not just for my own testimony, but before I had even met him I saw him help am elderly lady from his office to the lift to ward with no rushing or pressure.
I received excellent treatment from Mr Von Arx, the operation completely relieving my leg pains and numbness. The operation procedures were explained clearly, as were the associated risks, I would recommend patients to Mr Von Arx although, clearly, I hope I never have the need to use his services in the future! A good experience. PRH
Very caring and helpfull at trying to get to the route of the problem.. also follow up.
Mr Von Arx is a very articulate man and has a lovely bedside manner. I visited him with pins and needles in the groin area for which he has investigated my symptoms extensively. He organised for me to have 5 MRI scans within a week of seeing him and also referred me to a Neurologist for further investigations within a week. He kept me informed about what he was doing every step of the way and I know that he has helped a lot of patients with very complex problems. I would not hesitate to recommend him to friends, family and work colleagues.
Dear Otto, I hope you're well. I thought I'd email to say another huge thanks for your help - I can't believe my surgery was a year ago today! I'm currently in the middle of 5 months travelling, having spent a month trekking in Nepal and then a month in Spain completing 800km of the Camino de Santiago, and on Monday I fly to Colombia to start a few months in South America. The best thing about all of this travelling is that my back is feeling better than ever and I've had no problems whatsoever! I hope all is well with you in Bath, and I'm sure you're keeping busy! Thank you again
I hurt my back 40 years ago. Gradually over the years my mobility decreased until I had to use a walking stick and mobility scooter. Initially the GP said I would have to learn to live with it. Ten years ago I saw a specialist who said he could do nothing for me. Then I was referred to Mr Von Arx. My first impression of him was his professionalism, confidence, obvious knowledge and his ability to explain fully and clearly what can be achieved. After an MRI scan he told me he could operate and what the results would be.
He operated on me in the middle of the day and afterwards although a bit stiff I had less pain, but could walk the following day. I left hospital about 26 hours after arriving. Mr Von Arx warned me to be careful. Over the next three months I increased my walking distance and can now walk considerably further than in the last 5 years. I am not 100% pain free, but on Mr Von Arx's suggestion I have started Pilates classes and am confident they will lead to further improvement.
I owe Mr Von Arx a lot as he has improved not only my quality of life but for my wife as well.
Thank you Mr Von Arx.
In May 2014 after suffering back problems for 24 years and being in intense pain, I had an L45 spinal decompression performed by Dr Von Arx. Now 4 years later I feel 20 years younger thanks to a fantastic surgeon that I would recommend to anybody!
Mr Otto Von Arx was professional throughout our experience at Circle Bath giving us clear options for treatments that were available for my cyst that was giving me severe pain. Finally I had an operation carried out my Mr Von Arx which was a success and we are extremely grateful for all that he did for us.
An EXCELLENT job on the bottom of my spine. I am a small man and because of my size a very difficult operation with only a 60/40 chance of success. Many many thanks for pain free walking.
I was referred to Mr Von Arx in 2016. I was very worried about my situation (sudden total loss of control of my right leg and considerable pain) at the time and he took this into account and enabled me to get a speedy diagnosis of femoral nerve damage. He personally took time, including over the Easter holiday, to assist me and this made a great difference to me. I have now walked 10 miles without a stick. In my experience, Mr Von Arx is a very professional, competent and considerate consultant who has a desire to diagnose the problem and takes time and effort to assist his patients. I am aged 77 and have rated him 5 star which I consider exceptional. I have written to him to thank him.
Mr Von Arx operated on me just over 2 years ago, I suffered for over 15 years with problems, after 4 epidurals, 6 facet joint injections and a nerve blocker I finally went under the knife! I couldn't believe how well it went, the op took double the amount of time because of "mess of my exploding disc!" But Otto didn't complain even made a new tool to use to help. Unfortunately I am again having back problems, this time with the disc below, and there is only one man I am willing to see and operate on me!
I first met Mr Von Arx through a private consultation regarding my severe back pain. After an MRI scan he diagnosed Spinal Stenosis. At this stage he recommended Steroid Cortisone injections which I had for about two years, but gradually found them to be less effective. I then returned to see Mr Von Arx on the NHS. After further discussions regarding my options, I decided to go for surgery. I had two operations and am now virtually pain free. After both operations,I had no infections,minimal scaring and was home within 24 hours. I cannot thank Mr Von Arx highly enough for the excellent treatment I received.
I was referred to Mr von Arx following an MRI scan which showed that I had severe spinal stenosis at one of my lumbar joints. Its effects on me were debilitating. I suffered numbness, tingling and sciatic pain in both of my legs and the condition affected me both physically and mentally. After careful and thorough discussion with Mr Von Arx we decided to go for decompression surgery in the hope that it would provide a long term rather than temporary solution. The outcome could not have been better. The day after the surgery I got out of my hospital bed and walked WITHOUT PAIN for the first time in 5 years. My mobility and lifestyle have been transformed. I want to thank Mr Von Arx for giving me the opportunity to enjoy the rest of my life free from the damaging effects of back pain.
I have had two Spinal operations with Mr Otto Von Arx, one in 2011 under the NHS and most recently as a self paying patient due to the long NHS waiting lists.
Mr Von Arx has been the most kind and caring surgeon to myself and my husband and his expertise is second to none.
I am so grateful that the operations I have had are allowing me to get my life back and we can enjoy our retirement again.
We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Mr Otto Von Arx to anyone, he will always do his utmost to help you.
I can't deny Spinal Surgery is scary, but we had so much trust in our surgeon and that is extremely important.
Many thanks for a successful operation. I have been recovering well.
Thank you very much for your kind and considerate treatment pre & post operatively. The care I received by yourself & the staff at Circle Bath was second to none and not be faulted in anyway. Again a big 'Thanks' from myself & my family.
Thank you Mr Von Arx and team for looking after me.
Thank you so much for looking after R*** last week. Your expert and personal care of attention was much appreciated.
Thank you very much for your kind support and advice. I am pleased to say that I am now much better.
Thank you for all your dedication and caring work. I am now in no pain and feel I have my life back.
Thank you again for the wonderful surgery you performed on my back, and for the wonderful kindness and care.
Thank you for all your care and attention
A line to thank you and your colleagues for performing what to my mind is nothing short of a miracle.
Many thanks for both taking my case on and doing such a great job on my back. I have just been medically upgraded and passed my fitness test.
Thank you for the advice you gave me when I visited you a couple of weeks ago. Your patience in reviewing the spinal MRI and going over it with me gave me confidence.
I would like to thank you and everyone in your team who participated in my spinal procedure at the beginning of October 2015. I was incredibly impressed by the kindness with which every member of the team treated someone who was almost a nervous wreck because she's a coward, Their patience was amazing.