Ratings for Dr. Neil Cleaver
Had a large disc fragment from a herniated lumbar disc removed that was pressing on nerve roots and thecal sac just before christmas. I had relief instantly . Dr Cleaver is very upfront and told me that in no way will this fix the problem long term and I may need a disc replacement or fusion in the future . I have no hesitation in recommending Dr Cleaver as this is my second surgery with him. The first was a cervical disc replacement 3 years ago and I have never looked back. He is the best Spinal surgeon without a doubt on the Coast.
I have been suspicious of spine surgery since my 2 failed micro-discs in 2011. I had 2 discs shaved back in 2011 and although it kind-of helped my nerve symptoms my back just got worse. Everyone as well as my GP begged me to have no more surgery. I eventually got to the stage where I could walk for about 100 meters before 12/10 pain and could go no more. Then the oxys and the targins stopped helping so I saw Cleaver after a friend who had very sucessful surgery with him convinced me to at least chat to him. I found him a little arrogant to be truthful but I was immediatelty put at ease when I sat in his large waiting room after having my EOS scan (no other surgeon has one) and spoke to some other patients of his who were all delighted with his surgery so i started to feel more comfortable. He was very matter-of-fact. I felt there were no embeleshaments or airs-and-graces with this guy. Bottom line...... 3 months after my fusion at L5-S1 I am no longer in pain. I feel justified in being suspicious but now I feel like I should have been treated with this type of anterior surgery from the beginning. I recommend anyone with a spine problem see Dr Neil Cleaver.
Dr Cleaver sorted out my spine 3 months ago. I have seen specialists before as well as spine specialists but Dr Cleaver was the only one who got an EOS scan and diagnosed me with 'flat back' syndrome as a result of fusion surgery done back in the UK 5 years ago. That surgery made me worse so I was very suspicious of further surgery as you can imagine. I found Dr Cleaver to be extremely patient with me throughout all my consultations. 'Flat Back' cannot be treated without surgery but he did tell me that some people cope well with it and some people can't live with it. Unfortunately I had to have surgery and I had a 5-1 fusion and a LPESP at L45. From day 1 I could tell my back was 'different'. By day 7 i could walk unaided and everyone noticed how my posture had changed. Now 3 months later I can run, swim, play with my youngest child and I am back at work. I still have pain but 1/10 only. Before my surgery I could hardly walk 50 paces. I am so grateful to Dr Cleaver and he comes highly recommended from me.
I found Dr Cleaver a little intimidating to be honest. But I was really impressed with his knowledge and matter-of-fact approach to my condition. There was no push for surgery like some surgeons seem to be. In fact we tried just about everything before he recommended a 2 level disc replacement surgery. I had it 3 months ago and I'v been very impressed with the pain reduction. Took a few weeks before the pain from surgery went away then needed a epidural to help with some bone graft side effects. It's only now 3 months later when the pain has gone and I have my life back that I realise how awful being in chronic pain can be. And its only when you are not on the oxycontin and the targin that you realise how bad those drugs are. I highly recommend Dr Cleaver based on my experience.
I had a L4/L5 disc replacement performed by Dr Cleaver. He was upfront and honest about likely outcome and risks involved with operation. Excellent knowledge and skill as a surgeon. I am 7 months post operation. I still have slight nerve pain from damaged nerve due to ruptured disc. Dr Cleaver explained this was likely due to the damaged disc pushing on the nerve But compared to the pain I had prior to the operation, it is like night and day. I have my life back and can swim, run, go to the gym doing all types of weights and excercise machines. I also just got back from a holiday in NZ wher I skied for 3 days. Make sure you follow your rehab program 100% and take no shortcuts. Follow all of Dr Cleavers advice and you should have no issues. No operation has a 100% guarantee, but with Dr Cleaver the odds are stacked in your favour. I recommend him 100%.
Great guy and skilled surgeon. Before Neil's two level disc arthroplasty I had such bad pain I could hardly get around. I live in Cairns and was recommended fly down to see him. Words can't express - almost pain free now after 3 months. Dr Neil Cleaver is a nice man and explained absolutely everything to me. All my questions were answered and when you sit in front of a doctor who treats you like a human being with respect and dignity you feel very comfortable. I'v sen a lot of doctors and surgeons before who sit on pedestals and quite intimidating. My experience with Neil is the exact opposite.
My name is Judy, 45 years old and 2 bad discs in my spine which were injured lifting a heavy box (over 40kg) many years ago. For years I thought I just had to live with it. So many specialists and thousands of dollars later I couldn't get any good remedy for the back pain. in 2016 things were so bad that I couldn't even walk properly and the embarasment of having to stop and rest every few hundred meters or so. Then the legs started to get sore and I saw DR Cleaver about 12 months ago. He replaced both discs (cage L5S1 ESP L45) and I spent a week in hospital. The first few weeks were bad but instantly I could tell that my back had changed. The pains in my legs instantly gone. By one month I could walk 3 kilometers. Now I'm a year post surgery and very happy. I think over 90% pain has gone. Actually I can hardly remember now how miserable life was on targin and morphine patches. DR Cleaver is a great surgeon and a gentleman. He is not punctual but I put that down to his popularity rather than a character defecit. The surgery cost me $5000 plus the anaethetist and worth every dollar. IN summary highly recommended surgeon.
10/10 for this Doc. I would recommend anyone with back pain see him. I'm glad this site is under police scrutiny - these negative reviews sound suss to me. I hope whoever is writing them finds some peace without having to destroy a world class surgeon. This is a review site, so here is my experience. Surgery was never forced on me. Neil was meticulous in making a diagnosis. He tried everything to avoid surgery. He told me about his best results and his worst ones. He was humble and considerate and explained everything perfectly. Me and my wife felt confident in committing to surgery with him and after 1 year we went to the consent clinic and next week we were booked in. He saw me every day on the ward after my disc replacement and even though the first few weeks were tough within 6 weeks I already could walk 5 km without pain. 2 months later I was back working in the office. Now almost 18 months since my first appointment and 6 months after surgery I can carry my kids, play sport, earn a living and if not for this I think I may not be alive. I like hundreds others have had a great result - all I can say is thanks thanks thanks. I can't say it enough. Roger Hillbrook
I would like to say I have had a perfct result from disc replacement surgery with Neil. Almost painfree which at 65 years old is darn good. Before my surgery I was on constant pain. I would highly recommend and hard to find fault with this surgeon, Thanks Neil and same to your staff at the spine center.
Very happy man - really happy. Would not hestate to recommend Cleaver to anyone with backpain from bad discs. OK - i agree he's not someone to pat you on the bum and do the "there-there-there". AFter my op he was a bit abrupt with some of my questions and issues but I CANNOT fault him on his accuracy and dedication to seeing through the tough postop weeks. I had a disc replacement L5-S1 6 months ago and before my op could hardly walk. Im 35 and have a tough job and although I still get a niggel once or twice a week ALL my bad pain is gone. Finally I can sleep without oxys. I owe him my life. Mick
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