"Mr. Culpan is a highly regarded and skilled surgeon who managed my hip replacement with complete success."
Sir Tom Jones
"Mr. Culpan is a highly regarded and skilled surgeon who managed my hip replacement with complete success."
Sir Tom Jones
Booking and Communication
received nothing but the utmost care and personal attention from Mr Paul Culpan’s support team including meticulous communication not only with me but, crucially, between office and vital pre-operative/assessment departments: appointments were followed up, ‘bespoke’ needs or requests always considered and accommodated as best possible.
I owe my new lease-of-life to Mr Paul Culpan: after 2 hip replacements within 4 months, I am pain-free and have regained fullest mobility! Mr Culpan’s magisterial surgical skills and judgement guaranteed me arguably the best hip component (SYMBIOS), the smallest incisions, the finest pain-management (pain-free at all times both in hospital and at home) and the shortest possible recovery period (walking without crutches within 2 weeks).
Moreover, Mr Culpan’s clear and direct explanations, his sympathetic understanding and graciousness helped me overcome both the initial shock of my diagnosis, as well as my fear of the whole procedure.
I am hugely grateful to Mr Culpan and, as a token of my thanks, would be happy to talk to and reassure any fellow hip-patient.
"A Massive Thank You"
Testimonial for Mr Aftab
"I have just arrived home and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your excellent care of me. I am sooo incredibly lucky to have been looked after by you as you have the ability to put your patients at ease and treat each and everyone as an individual. I felt very comfortable when I first met you at the beginning of September at London Bridge Hospital and I want you to know that my treatment has been absolutely first class from you and you have done everything with my best interests at heart and I appreciate that very much. It has been worth every penny and every minute of pain on my journeys to see you and I am soooo happy that Nick is a colleague as without both of you, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I would absolutely highly recommend you to friends and family and of course I will make contact again if I need any further assistance. Thank you for everything and for being a brilliant consultant. We as your patients are very lucky to be looked after by such an enthusiastic and hugely passionate, knowledgeable but most importantly kind and incredibly compassionate consultant and for the friendly face as that makes all the difference! Noha - you too have been brilliant and very supportive of my needs and you make a brilliant partnership! Mr Aftab is very lucky to have such a brilliant and wonderfully supportive PA! There are not enough words to thank either of you for what you have done for me".
3 weeks following bespoke total hip replacement surgery.
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immediately had an exact understanding of my case and gave me the confidence to go ahead with surgery which I did not consider an option at that point of time. I was amazed by how quickly I recovered from my two hip surgeries within 4 months by Paul using the most progressive surgical techniques. I was able to walk without crutches 18 hours after surgery and 2,5 weeks after my Total Hip Replacement I could go on a walk for 4,5k!
Outstanding medical excellence combined with huge passion and compassion!
9 months following bespoke total hip replacement surgery.
Booking and Communication
I was impressed with the communication and ease of booking appointments that I received. Very professional and courteous.
I have nothing but the utmost respect for my surgeon Paul Culpan. He talked me through the whole process from the initial consultation to my recovery. Paul is obviously a very skilled surgeon and he is also a nice guy.
I summited Mount Elbrus (the highest peak in Europe and one of the Seven Summits) on 24th July 2017, exactly 9 months after my operation.
I first met Professor Ghoz at The County Hospital, Stafford, on 15th Oct 2021 for my National Health routine appointment. This was to discuss the possibility of a Hip Replacement. In his opinion I was definitely in need of a new hip. I asked him how long I would have to wait for the operation on the National Health. We disused the possibility of me having the operation done privately. He told me I could have it done at local private hospital. I then said, “what about if you did it in London.” He looked at me with his inquiring smile!! I said, “Yes, as you know all about me! I Googled you. So, I know all about you.” I think the thought of this quite amused him.
At this point we both realised we were going to have good rapport. The decision was made. I would ring the London Clinic.
Nadine, one of Professor Gohz’s secretaries was exceptionally charming and very efficient, arranged my appointment. Because I was travelling down from Staffordshire the team were very considerate and arranged for my assessment to be done as close to the operation as possible. This meant I could self- isolate in a local hotel instead of driving home and back.
On arriving at the Clinic, I found all the staff very efficient and friendly, this put me at ease straight away. It was the same when I arrived for my operation on the 8th November 2021.
My room was spacious with everything I could need. Professor Gohz soon came to see me to re-assure me that everything was ready for my procedure.
When I was back from theatre, I was made very comfortable, and they told me that I was a 5* patient. Drinking plenty of water, which in turn, made me have to get up 5 times in the night to walk to the bathroom!! (most patients apparently opt for a bedpan the first night) I think this determined attitude proved to be the success to a quick recovery. Professor Ghoz and all his staff were encouraging me all the way.
I was thrilled to be told that before I left on the 10th November I could go to the Hydro Pool with the physiotherapist. This was particularly appropriate for me, as I had been going swimming, (and walking) every day, to get as fit as I could before my operation. It was a wonderful experience.
Unfortunately, my love of, and determination to get back to swimming was literally my downfall. My local pool was where I fell!! It did hurt a bit. Looking back? Yes, quite a lot!! Did I go for an x-ray, as everyone advised? NO. I was far too busy. It was coming up to Christmas. I had far too many places to go, and things to do.
One of the first questions Professor Gohz asked me when I saw him for the first time was “What is one of your goals?” I said, “To sing in my choir concert on the 16th of December.” Yes, I did sing at the concert! I hobbled on with 2 crutches and had to use a music stand.
On the 22nd of December I spoke to The Prof (I found out that this is what everyone called him) on WhatsApp - this was our preferred form of communication, as I live about 150
miles from London - I told him about my fall. I could tell by his face he was not happy with me. In fact, the smiley face was not so smiley. I had definitely lost my 5*! He didn’t tell me off, he calmly told me how “concerned and disappointed” he was. Needless to say, he made me an appointment for an x-ray and advised me not to put any weight on my left leg.
Unfortunately, due to Christmas and New Year we could not get an x-ray appointment, even a private one until the 6th of January. Yes, I had split my femur!! I then obtained a wheelchair. I might not be allowed to weight bear, but no one was going to keep me in!! Christmas and New Year still had to be enjoyed!!
Off I went back down to London. This time, to the Cromwell Hospital, Professor Ghoz’s preferred hospital for this operation. Pre-op was on the 17th January. This was late in the afternoon so that I had plenty of time to get down from Staffordshire. This is just typical of how considerate Professor Gohz and his team have been.
When I was on my way to x-ray in my wheelchair, there was a tap on my shoulder. It was Professor Gohz. He seemed pleased to see me and told me everything was in place for my op on the 20th.
I arrived at the Hospital early afternoon. Again, no rush for me. My room was already. It wasn’t too long to wait before I was taken down to meet my anaesthetist. I am so sorry I can’t remember his name. I hope you will recognise him by the scenario I am about to tell you. To relax me, he asked “what would you be doing tonight if you were not having this operation”? I replied. “I would be at Choir Practice”. “What are you practising?” “The Mozart Requiem” I replied. He then proceeded to sing me a few bars of the “Lacrymosa”. So, I sang it with him. Then I was asked to get into position for my epidural. “Sorry you will have to bend further than that.” Please curl over like a cat” So I did a little “Mew”. He laughed and said no one had ever done that before and proceeded to sing a few bars of the “Cat Duet,” by Rossini, of course I joined him. By this time, I think the poor nurse thought we were both mad. I have dined out on this story a few times. I hope he has as well!!
I had been warned that it was going to be a longer and more intrusive operation. When I woke up back in my room, I could not believe how different I felt from my first operation. The pain was so much worse, and I couldn’t move my leg. No getting straight out of bed. Much worse than I ever imagined. It was not long before I realized my recovery was not going to be as easy, even with my determination. The nurses were super because I was upset, and I did have a little cry. They all reassured me everything would be fine, and it was quite normal, it would just take longer. This was backed up by the physio who came to see me the next morning. I could only just get out of bed. With a lot of help, and only dragging my leg, not lifting it, I managed to walk, with a frame, and only few steps. I was given some exercises to do. I did my best, but I needed a lot of pain relief. Then next day the physio came again and told me she could see some progress and was very pleased and gave me some more exercises. I persevered with the exercises and eventually managed to get to the bathroom “Hooray!” Although everyone seemed pleased with my progress the physio told me she and The Prof would be happier if I could stay an extra day/ night. I agreed, I was also enjoying the first-class catering. On the day I left, I could now walk with my crutches, but I still needed to be taken to the exit in a wheelchair.
I always looked forward My WhatsApp meetings with Professor Gohz. We did talk about the progress of my hip, but then we’d go on to talk about music and Classic cars. He really does have a charming manner and luckily a good sense of humour. This might not always be the case if you don’t do as you’re told /advised or break your femur when he had done a job which he was very proud of!
Eight weeks after my op I was walking with only one crutch. I was all ready to go back to aqua exercises and swimming. Then I got covid, luckily only the bad cold and fatigue in the afternoons. So, I had to wait 10 days for the ‘all clear’. By this time, I did not need crutches at all.
Not bad progress considering what I had gone though. I do put most of it down to my friend who is a trained physio. She was very strict. Considering on her first visit I could only lift my leg up about 2” and move it to the side about 3”when standing. When lying down it was even more difficult, but every day I managed a tiny bit more. The correct use of pain relief was also a key factor. I learnt that, even though I don’t like taking tablets, you cannot do the exercises when the pain is unbearable. I also used a lot of ice packs, continuing the regime instigated for me in hospital. I haven't had to use ice packs for at least two months, and I am now completely fee from pain killers. However, I have added aqua dance and Pilates to my fitness regime.
At my last WhatsApp meeting with Prof Ghoz he said I could be discharged. We both agreed that we would miss our chats, but I was to send him any interesting updates regarding my Classics cars. He said he likes to keep in touch with all his patients that live interesting lives making the most of their regained fitness following their operations.
Thank you all for your friendship, patience, and encouragement
Ms Donna Mayatt
When it got to the stage when I was having difficulty walking, let alone my usual gym classes, I needed to do something as I recognised my life was being impacted. I was continually experiencing pain and unable to do the things I wanted to do. I therefore opted for a replacement knee. To be fair, I didn’t find the surgery the most comfortable procedure, but with the right surgeon, pain management, care, physio and attitude, it is totally bearable.
Recovery can take a while, but I am so pleased, and delighted with the results it was all worth it. I’m now enjoying life again. After four months, I was cycling up mountains and walked down them again. Delighted too that I was passed as fit to ski at around five month stage. I have no regrets.
9 months following bespoke total hip replacement surgery.
I first saw a surgeon in May 2018 with regard to a hip replacement operation but foolishly decided not to go ahead with the procedure at that time. Things got worse and the pain of walking any distance became so acute that in Dec 2018 after a recommendation I saw Mr. Steven Millington. I found his manner friendly and helpful and he went through the whole procedure pointing out not only the plus but negative sides of surgery.
In the February 2019 I had the operation with the London Bridge hospital theatre staff making the whole pre-op business very relaxed and calming. The hip replacement was a complete success and I was able to move painlessly less than twenty-four after surgery and within four days needed only one forearm crutch to safely get around. Within three weeks I could walk without a crutch and unlike before the operation actually looked forward to walking although I’m aware the muscles are not yet up to strength. Milestones along the way were walking up stairs as normal, being able to put socks on unaided and cutting my toenails. Little things but they meant a lot as signs of recovery
I’m most grateful to Mr. Millington for the first class job he’s done in giving me back the pain free mobility I had lost due to arthritis. My experience has been a positive one throughout and I can only thank my surgeon and his team for the work they’ve done.
Mr David Grant
Miss Arshad displayed a reluctance to operate unless she was convinced it was necessary. As the symptoms progressed, she agreed a partial knee replacement was the most effective way of curing the problem. She was always solicitous and considerate, while sticking to her view that the operation might not be as successful as the one on the other knee. Only as the symptoms deteriorated did she change her mind.
The operation seemed to go fine (I was unaware!). When I recovered consciousness, I felt "looked after" in the recovery room. Subsequent attention in the Clinic was good. Physio started immediately and was very effective.
Sagittal Band Reconstructive Surgery - A Success Story
Mr. Edwards treated me for a sports injury to my right hand.
The injury required a minor day surgery to repair the ligaments, the procedure was a Sagittal band reconstruction.
I had a very positive experience overall. The hospital facilities & staff were top notch. Mr Edwards provided excellent care. He very clearly explained exactly what the procedure was, associated risks & possible outcomes, as well as what to expect with regards to recover time & post-op rehab exercises (physio/hand therapy).
I felt very well informed with all my decisions, and I felt comfortable & reassured throughout the whole process.
I am now 7 weeks to recover from the procedure & very pleased with how everything has gone so far.
My knee journey started with Mr Millington on the 22nd of February 2019. From the start, it was evident how patient-focused Mr Millington and his team were and you were treated as an individual patient, rather than a condition. After thorough tests and scans, it was decided the best course of action was a full knee replacement.
On the day of surgery, the admission process was very straightforward and everyone I met was very welcoming and caring. Mr Millington and his team came to discuss the procedure, the aftercare and what to expect at every stage from surgery, recovery through to physiotherapy.
The anaesthesia choice was mine and I opted to have the surgery under spinal anaesthetic without sedation. Throughout the surgery, I felt very involved in the procedure and everything was done to make me as comfortable as possible.
On the ward I was given excellent aftercare, the nurses were fantastic, and the physiotherapy was in-depth, informative and gave you a belief in yourself that you could do it.
I have personally found the procedure straightforward and I have been in no more pain than I was prior to surgery, with the pain abating daily. I have been amazed at my progress and have put it down to the skill of Mr Millington.
I am a professional opera and symphony conductor, so restricted use of my right arm for nearly a year was a huge problem and extremely painful when performing. Dr. Fitzgerald's superb surgery has given me total flexibility and, of course, enormous physical confidence regarding my work, not to mention my daily living. The operation caused the minimum of discomfort and the pain control medication administered was 100% effective.
The follow-up care regarding physiotherapy and Dr. Fitzgerald's sensitive and thorough attention to detail, both physical and psychological, was excellent.
I would be happy to talk to and assure any potential future patients of Dr Fitzgerald.
I tore my ACL and part of my MCL ligaments during a ski holiday. Dr Harnett clearly advised me on the options: 1. rehab and strengthen the muscles to stabilize the knee naturally or 2. reconstruct the ACL ligament with surgery. As I am a keen gym-goer who loves boxing and Pilates and have 2 young children to run after, we felt option 2 would work better for me. At no point did I feel pressurized into making this decision.
I was referred to a physiotherapist and had three months of pre-surgery rehab to ensure my knee was as strong and healthy as possible prior to having the operation.
Surgery went extremely well. Dr Harnett and the team explained all the steps and made me feel comfortable during the whole process. I saw Dr Harnett straight after waking up from surgery and first thing the morning after. Physiotherapy started immediately and key milestones were clearly explained.
A few months after surgery I was able to walk longer distances, was cycling in the gym and did a lot of strength exercises. By 7 months I was attending Pilates classes and comfortably running on the treadmill.
I didn't think I would ski again this year, but 10 months after surgery I was back on the slopes! It was an unbelievable feeling and I am so grateful. The body can do amazing things. But I couldn't have done it with the outstanding skills of Dr Harnett and his team.
I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Harnett to anyone needing knee surgery.
This past Sunday 26 May 2019, I was able to finish the Mount Saint-Michelle Marathon feeling very strong and without any pains and in a very satisfying personal best time. This would not have been possible had it not been for the incredible surgery Dr. Culpan performed on me when I broke my right femoral neck in 2017, nor without the great support and approachable attitude he always had with me over the last 18 months. I am forever in his debt.
Many many thanks!
When my enjoyment and ability to go on treks and scramble up mountains was being impacted by the pain I was experiencing in my hip, I sought the expert knowledge of Paul Harnett. Following a thorough investigation by him & his team, it was decided that the best option to improve my quality of life was a total right hip replacement.
I am delighted that after less than 8 months since my operation, just over a week ago I completed an Ultra Challenge consisting of a 100km continuous walk along the Jurassic coastline!
The hills, shingle beaches & endless stiles were brutal, but my new hip coped amazingly well! I have so much gratitude for Paul Harnett’s skill & expertise as a surgeon along with his fantastic uplifting & motivating personality. I would never hesitate in recommending him.
Also, huge thanks are due to his immediate team & all of the wonderful nursing team at Bupa Cromwell who took care of me.
Pain and more pain was what I suffered for several years due to avascular necrosis in my right hip as a result of Sickle Cell Anemia. The possibility of relief came when I met with my surgeon, Paul Harnett and we discussed the benefits of a total hip replacement surgery for my condition.
Mr. Harnett made me feel comfortable all the time and he explained what to expect following the surgery. I was walking short distances and climbing stairs with crutches just few days after my surgery.
It’s been 15 months since my surgery, and I am completely pain free and have regained utmost mobility. I no longer struggle with everyday grooming like I used to.
I can say the surgery was a complete success and I am super thrilled with the results.
I have a long history of hip problems and when my day to day pain became severe I wanted to see someone who would be open and pragmatic about the options available. From my first appointment with Mr Harnett I was reassured - he's got a very patient friendly manner. Ultimately we decided that a total hip replacement would be the right option for me. The treatment and care I received was excellent throughout the whole process and I couldn't have asked for more from Mr Harnett and Mr Culpan. I had some hydrotherapy a few days after the operation, which was really excellent and I knew very quickly that I had made the right decision. 20 weeks and lots of physio later I'm not only pain and limp free, but happily chasing my nephew and nieces around the garden and almost back to my favourite reformer Pilates classes. Thank you Mr Harnett.
Elite 100/200m Sprinter, Team GB
I’ve known Dr Parmar since 2013, he was the first Sports Doctor I saw. He’s very honest about my issues and give solutions that will benefit me in my practice. He’s helped diagnose numerous knee issues that I’ve have had and helped sort them out.
I have had both my knees under the knife, he’s helped with my recovery and suggested some rehab workout for my coaches. Back at the start of my career he helped me deal with my hamstring tears, pulls and strains.
He’s an amazing Doctor and I’ll continue to see him.
Leicester Tigers, England, British & Irish Lions
I’ve known Kal since he joined the club in 2009. As Club Doctor he has fitted in brilliantly within the culture of the club and at the same time has always put the personal health of myself and other players above the needs of the team.
I suffered a fairly major neck injury in 2014 which meant I could not play for 9 months. As the Team Doctor, Kal was there at every stage of the process from diagnosis, to surgery and throughout the rehab process. He was even one of the first people to visit me after my operation! Kal always gave information that was clear and honest and helped sort the best path of treatment for me.
Leicester Tigers and England
I’ve known Kal since going to Leicester academy in 2009
Been brilliant as club doctor and I’ve always thought very well looked after by him. Always very honest when I’ve had any issues.
Kals dealt with a couple of ankle injuries, osteitis pubis, and Achilles tendinitis since I’ve been at the club
Always very approachable and personal and felt very well looked after from a professional point of view
Director of Rugby, Leicester Tigers RFC
A former fullback at Leicester Tigers, Ireland and British & Irish Lions
I’ve known Kal for over 10 years since his Time as Club Doctor at Leicester tigers. He has always been knowledgeable and extremely professional in his dealing with my injuries which included: sportsman's hernias, dislocated shoulder, and fracture/dislocation of the cuboid bone in the foot.
Kal has a great personality that shines through even in dark moments I always felt in good hands.
Former Leicester Tigers and Argentinian National Team
I have known Kal from 2009 up to my retirement from the game in 2017. So we worked together for 8 years at Leicester Tigers. He has been a very professional doctor, positive for the environment, good colleague to work with and foremost dedicated to his job.
He dealt with all sorts of injuries on me, from a broken Collarbone in France where I needed surgery, to back problems, to nerve blockings, muscle tears, concussions, to finishing with my back disc problem which ended up my career. He has been very supportive emotional, professional, and caring in all his years with the players.
He loves his Argentinean chocolate biscuits and has a good sense of humour.