Ratings for Dr. Raoul Pope
I visited Dr Pope with severe pain and loss of feeling in my right leg and was diagnosed [on the basis of x-rays and MRI] as having a disc pressing on my sciatic nerve. Dr Pope has a reputation of not recommending surgery lightly but in my case an ALIF [anterior lumbar interbody fusion] operation was recommended. He ensured that I understood the risks and likely benefits of the surgery. My experience could not have been better as I was able to have the operation at the Mater Hospital in a short time. I was able to walk the same day, and left hospital after two nights. After 2 months, I now have full feeling and no pain in my right leg. Dr Pope has been matter of fact in his advice and has addressed all the issues I have raised with him. I have every confidence in the skills of Dr Pope and his team.
Saw Dr Pope for advice on disc bulges. He was careful in taking a history and examined me thoroughly, then viewed my images he had arranged previously. I was glad to hear he did not push for an operation but over time I may need one. He sent me to some qualified colleagues rather than just leaving me without a plan and gave me info. He has made me think about my back pain differently and reassured me that my back is strong. I do have to lose a few kg but that seems fair. Good system he has and easy to make an appointment within a few days.
I had a herniated disc S1 /L5 extrusion. The extrusion was touching the nerve & was in constant pain unable to do anything. After trying doctors, physio, acupuncture, drugs & rest nothing seem to help. Friend recommend Dr Pope & have not regreted it, Dr Pope performed key whole surgery on my back & I walked out the Hospital without pain the next day. Two months down the track recovery is ahead of schedule & scar is tiny. I always felt very safe in Dr Pope's hands & staff.
The recovery from my recent double fusion spinal surgery has been truly amazing. I would not hesitate in highly recommending Dr. Raoul Pope. He is a truly skilled, caring and talented surgeon. Spinal surgery is not something you approach lightly. Raoul was confident and informative and made the whole experience almost pleasant. After a month no one even notices my scar.
Was referred to Dr Pope with brain scans and safe to say I have never received such a poor first referral in my life. He acted in a rude manner and had a very condescending tone when he spoke and often cut in between my questions or answers whenever I was prompted to speak. I cannot comment on his treatment or helpfulness because I did not go back.
I have been having back problems for the past 20 yrs. I was previously a Carpenter but could no longer maintain the physical endurance required. just before Christmas whilst lifting, I felt a disc go in my lower back & after getting an MRI it was discovered I had a disc bulge at L4 - L5 creating spinal stenosis. At first it was not so bad, but the pain got progressively worse day by day & 2 months later my left foot was becoming numb & the leg pain was intensifying. A specialist surgeon was recommended to me, but at first meeting I felt very uncomfortable with him. After an examination he found that the strength in my left foot was weakening and said I need a Laminectomy & Discectomy at 2 points. The explanation was very rushed & the questions I asked were not clearly answered. His personality was Non - existent. I searched Google for a less invasive procedure & came across Dr Pope's website with a video of the keyhole surgery. After my first visit I felt very comfortable with him. He performed the same examination and agreed with the other surgeons assessment. He said he did not recommend keyhole surgery as the position of the disc bulge would not easily accessed. He did not agree with removing 2 laminae though & thought this was unnecessary. His explanation was very thorough and answered all of my questions. He said if I do not have this procedure I will loose the use of my leg so I booked the surgery for the April 01, But my pain got so bad, I rang the Mater Hospital and asked if I could be admitted early for pain management. 5 mins, later Dr Pope rang back & said he will see if he could arrange it for me. The Mater the had me booked in 4 days before my procedure and the staff were excellent & friendly. I have never been in hospital before, let alone have surgery on my spine, but the whole experience was not at all daunting. My surgery was very successful & after 2 weeks I am pain free & am left with a 5 cm incision which will disappear over time. I have just returned from a 3 km walk and will return to work on the 20th. I still have numbness / weakness in my foot & leg, but he has linked me up with a trusted physio for ongoing rehabilitation. I would like to thank Dr Pope & his staff for giving my life back & would recommend anyone the see him.
For 4 years I have had neck pain and pain running down my arm with tingling numbness in my fingers. I have an office job and the pain became unbearable as it was nerve pain running down my arm. I was on endone Valium etc to control the pain. My go did an Mri showing nerve compression in two discs c5 to c7 causing the pain down my arm. I went to one specialist who put me on lyrica and explained the possibility of spinal fusion surgery requiring 6 weeks off work and the need to wear a neck brace. I felt that the precedure was not explained properly and decided to get a second opinion. I googled on the net and found dr pope that did minimally invasive surgery. I saw dr pope who after tests found I had weakness in the right arn and recomended I have spinal fusion surgery of c5 to c7. He explained everything thoroughly advising I would only be in hospital 1 to 2 nights and could be back at work in 1 to 2 weeks. He also explained that if I left severe nerve pain longer than 3 months there was a possibility of permanent damage. I had a lot of fear having surgery as a lot of people say leave spinal surgery as a last resort. I had my surgery on the 2nd April at the mater and was discharged on the 5th april. About 8 days after surgery I was off heavy pain killers and immediately after surgery felt no pain down My arm. After 2 and a half weeks I am going back to work. Dr pope and his staff are so caring and helpful. I have a 5 cm incision on the side of my neck that will disappear in time. Dr pope is a miracle worker and I would recommend him to anyone. I would never have any fear again about spinal surgery again and to be pain free is wonderfull.
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