About Dr Thompson
Dr Crispin Thompson is a specialist spinal neurosurgeon. He studied in Durban, Cape Town and the United Kingdom and has accumulated experience in the management of complex spine pathology, including degenerative spinal conditions, trauma of the spinal column and spinal cord, infections of the spine and tumours of the spinal column and spinal cord.
His private practice is based at the Mediclinic Milnerton and he provides part-time neurosurgical support at Groote Schuur Hospital.
EXPERIENCED AND TALENTED
Expert Team Members
DR RUVÉ KOCK
Dr Ruvé Kock has been working regularly with Dr Crispin Thompson at Milnerton Mediclinic since mid-2015. She has a keen interest in neuro-anaesthesia and is able to provide a comprehensive spectrum of anaesthetic services depending on the individual patient’s needs and requirements.
DR ARKADY VERKHOVSKY
Dr Crispin Thompson is fortunate to be able to call upon the vastly experienced Dr Arkady Verkhovsky for intra-operative assistance during his operations. Many years in surgical and emergency medical spheres has bred a quiet calm and expertise that is greatly appreciated during the unavoidably stressful surgical procedures. Additional specialist surgical assistance is also readily available should the need arise.
Nafeesah Salaammadatt has been at the operational helm of the practice since joining the team in April 2018. She added her efficient, friendly approach to patient care that has been a trademark of her many years in the health-care environment. Her quiet determination is what keeps the practice wheels turning and allows patients to experience as few administrative disruptions as possible.
WELCOME TO OUR PRACTICE
We strive to provide an effective, comprehensive spinal neurosurgery service to the surrounding communities. The nature of neurosurgical practice encompasses scheduled, urgent and emergency management of neurological system.
Surgical pathology includes degenerative, trauma, tumour and infective diseases of the spine and spinal nerves.
This heterogeneity of diseases and injuries requires a dynamic approach to problem solving and draws strength from a multi-disciplinary team of support services.
Treatments & Procedures
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
This operation is usually performed for degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine, however, is also a very useful surgical management strategy for cervical spine trauma. The degenerative, or injured, intervertebral disc results in a combination of reduced structural integrity and neurological compromise.
Posterior Cervical Decompression
Advanced degenerative changes can result in a narrowing of the cervical spinal canal and compression of the spinal cord. This leads to progressive loss of function within the spinal cord. Approaching the spine from the back of the neck allows us to remove the vertebral arch and create additional space for the spinal cord through cervical decompression.
Degenerative changes within the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine can result in compression of an exiting lumbar nerve root. The problem can be addressed surgically by approaching the lumbar spine from behind and removing the offending disc material. The bulk of the intervertebral disc is left in position in order to preserve normal function.
Lumbar Decompression & Fusion
Advanced degenerative changes within the lumbar spine can result in a combination of structural and neurological compromise. Spinal stability is adversely affected and results in a significant degree of back pain. Nerve root compression and compromise results in a combination of pain, altered sensation and weakness in either or both legs.
A FEW OF OUR TRUSTED REVIEWS
“Dr Thompson was my medical support structure through my healing. We forged a bond that I learnt to rely on to retain my positive outlook. I think his transparency with regards to what and why this happened to me, his positive feedback and support played a major part in my recovery. I would never have been able to do this without his support and patience. Thank you Dr Thompson.”
“I am forever grateful to Dr Crispin Thompson for what he, with his medical knowledge, achieved with my back. I have never had any back pain since my accident.”
“Dr Thompson is very approachable and knowledgeable. He is prepared to spend time going into great detail explaining what the problem is, how to fix it and about the surgical procedure. Dr Thompson spent time explaining to my wife how the surgery had gone and putting her mind at rest. She told me later that she had felt greatly comforted.“
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