Ratings for Dr. Raoul Pope
Amazing result after nearly 6 years of sciatic pain. Travelled from interstate to see Dr Pope who offered a laminectomy on L4/5 and partial L3. This surgery was done at the Mater hospital, Sydney on 12th January 2018 . I was up walking a few hours after the surgery and spent 3 nights in hospital with excellent 24/7 care from the nursing staff. 2 days after discharge I travelled home. I was very nervous about my decision to have spinal surgery (who isn't) but Dr Pope gave me the confidence to go ahead. Best outcome I could have hoped for. A special thanks also to Dr Poon. If you are reading this, in pain and thinking of surgery please, contact Dr Pope for at least a consultation. I would not hesitate recommending Dr Pope and his Team. Thank you all.
I was very nervous before my spinal surgery but Dr Pope and all the staff at the Mater Hospital North Sydney made me feel very much at ease. I was operated on Thursday 12th October 2017, the surgery took 4 hours. Less than 48 hours after the surgery I was discharged from Hospital and went home, amazing considering the nature of the surgery. Thanks to Dr Pope and his team, all the staff at the Mater Hospital and in particular the nursing staff that looked after me. I was always in very safe hands Dave Ellis
Dr Pope performed a spinal decompression and fusion with rods screws and bone graft on me three months ago , I cannot thank him enough as i had suffered cronic pain for 10 years .I am now pain free and feel like i have got my life back.I was dependant on pain medication to live and now i can live a normal life.I felt very confident going into surgery knowing i was at the hands of an excellent surgeon.Prior to surgery i struggled even to lean over to clean my teeth ,now i can live a normal life.Thankyou Dr Pope and your wonderful team.
I had a ruptured disc at C7/T1 and was referred to Dr Pope for a surgical consult. He provided detailed information about the pros and cons of surgery including risks, offered options for second opinions and made me feel confident in his competence. I was quite sacred of spinal surgery but the presenting symptoms were very debilitating (despite them only being apparent for 6-7 weeks pre visit). I decided to have surgery and had a cervical decompression, cage graft fusion and internal fixation at The Mater, Nth Sydney. After waking up, the pre-op symptoms were gone. There was normal surgical site pain and reduced mobility but this was well managed with prescription medication and subsequent physiotherapy. I would highly recommend Dr Pope. He is an excellent surgeon, has a lovely patient rapport and is very informative. His surgical team were also very caring, including Dr Poon, the anaesthetist. His office staff are also very professional. I have been most impressed with the post op follow ups and look forward to full recovery and mobility as time passes. Thank you Dr Pope.
Dr Pope performed a spinal decompression with rods screws and bone graft on me nine months ago,I would like to thank him for giving me back my life,thanks to Dr Pope i am now pain free ,my life was consumed with pain before i really didnt know how i was going to cope with life any more ,my mobility was deacreasing it was unbearable,i am now pain free .Thankyou Dr Pope
Dr Raoul Pope has operated on me on two occasions. The result of the second (a much more extensive operation) is an ongoing event. I had an acute massive disc herniation with compression of my (R) 5th Lumbar nerve with compression of that nerve causing partial paralysis & complete foot drop in my (R) Leg. Dr Pope performed a partial laminectomy, discectomy, removal of an Arachnoid Cyst & decompression of the (R) L/5 nerve root exit canal. This operation was more difficult & more hazardous by virtue of scarring from my previous surgery in that area. Dr Pope came through with flying colours. I had rehab at Mt. Wilga (excellent). There has been gradual & significant improvement. I can now walk without a stick but still have a long way to go. I am more than happy with my progress & I am particularly grateful for Dr Pope's efforts & care. A/Prof COLIN CM MOORE. MB.BS,FRCS,FRACS,FACCS,FAMLC.
In Oct 2015 I was suffering with numbness in my ulna nerve and little finger plus part of my ring finger. The condition was a development of one I had for up to 15 years, but previously I was able to treat it with exercises & occasionally using anti-inflammatory medicine. I tried a cortisone under MRI near the spinal nerve in the region of C6/7 but it did not help. I became desperate once my hand & fingers began to lose strength. Dr Pope examined me and recommended an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) at both C6/7 and C7/T1 levels. I must admit I was a little shocked at the proposed surgery, not ever having anything like this before. Together with my partner we checked other people who had similar operations, both directly and via ratemds.com (which was a great resource!). I also organised a second opinion with another notable neuro surgeon in Randwick. The operation was at the Mater on 22 Feb16 & I was out by the very next day ! I felt better immediately,.. amazing. However I still had some aches and discomfort at times for over 6 months. Its been over 14 months now and I am a new person, being able to do all the activities I did before the operation, such as gym work, cycling, swimming, dinghy sailing, bush walking, skiing, etc. I feel a little stiff in the neck region occasionally and loosen it up with good posture and small number of daily exercises, but that a very small price to pay. I can't say enough about Dr Pope, Dr Poon (the anaesthetist) & his support staff. He gave me my active life back. He has been very attentive and always professional in all his dealings with me. Thank you Dr Pope!
I had lumbar discetomy with Dr pope 2 weeks ago and it's the best I've felt in months, I had L5/S1 herniated disc compressing sciatic nerve S1 , which prevented me doing anything but small walks and swim, as I was in so much pain and lost feeling and strength in my left calf and foot. After months of conservative treatment improvements didn't seem to be happening so I had a consultation with dr pope on a Wednesday and had surgery that Friday, immediately after surgery I had no pain at all and that night I could sleep on my side which I couldn't do pre surgery. Everything thing that I have experienced is exactly what was explained to me, cannot thanks dr pope enough. Slowly regaining feeling and strength in calf and foot , walking 4kms a day and had my first slow 500m swim , still along way till I'm back cycling competitively, but I can't see the light. Dr poon the anaesthetist is brilliant as well .
Dr. Raoul Pope's Credentials
Accepting New Patients
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Neurosurgeon, Dr Raoul Pope was New Zealand born and educated, and has earned a Neurosurgical Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a Fellow in advanced spinal surgery at the prestigious Foothills Medical Center in Alberta, Canada. Dr Pope operates in all areas of adult Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery with a Specialist expertise in Spinal disorders. He is an Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery at the School of Medicine Sydney Campus, University of Notre Dame Australia. He consults from his rooms in North Sydney and Burwood and Operates at The Mater Sydney Private Hospital and Concord Hospital. Dr Pope has been appointed Head of Department of Neurosurgery at the Mater Private Hospital as of June 2013 and spearheads a high calibre team of dedicated Neurosurgeons.
- Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences University of Otago (Grad. 1996)
- University of Otago (Grad. 1993)
- University of Calgary (Grad. 2009)
- University of Notre Dame Australia (Grad. 2011)
Areas of Expertise
- Spinal fusion
- Spinal stenosis
- Cervical spondylosis
- Spinal headaches
- Brain tumor
- Back pain
Awards & Recognitions
Publications & Research