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Has anyone used neurosurgeon Mr Leon Lai?


#1

Hi I’ve recently been diagnosed with a grade 1 AVM and 2 aneurysms. I’m seeing a doctor at the Monash Medical Centre (Melbourne, Australia) called Mr Leon Lai who has suggested the best course of action for my situation is surgery. Has anyone else used Leon?


#2

Hi MJB, Mr Leon Lai did a laminectomy at T10 to fix a DAVF in Oct 2015. Since the operation I can walk again. It was an operation with great risk, but I have no other option. I am glad that I gave my consent for Mr Leon Lai to go ahead with the treatment plan. Since the operation I have seen him for check-up in January 2016 and June 2016. What’s happening after the surgery and the healing process followed exactly as he explained to me before the surgery. After the surgery I was transferred from Monash hospital to the Victorian Rehabilitation centre on Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley as an in-patient for 3 weeks and as an outpatient for 6 months visiting 1 hour/week. Now I can walk ca. 3 Km without stopping. Before surgery I can barely walk.


#3

Great to hear from you Franz_K. That does sound like very serious and specialised surgery. How wonderful for you to be able to walk properly again…and 3km is just incredible.

I am nervous, like many AVM/aneurysm patients, about the thought of surgery and I really was keen to hear from someone who had surgery performed by Leon.
I get a really positive feeling from him. He seem very competent and has a great empathy for his patients …but this world of neurosurgery is completely new to myself and my family. I suppose I just want to do my research and make the right decisions. Take some control of the things I can.
Leon encouraged me to utilise these networks and I’m so glad I have. I can’t tell you what it means to get this.
So thanks Fran_K :smile:


#4

Hi Marian,

If you like to have a second opinion I suggest to have a consultation
with Mr John McMahon. His consultation room is at suite 23, Cabrini
Hospital. 183 Wattletree Rd., Malvern, Vic 3144. Phone: 03-9576 1360. I
had 3 brain surgeries performed by Mr Mc Mahon to remove a 30 mm benign
tumor. First surgery was in May 2010… than the tumor re-appeared
after 5 years. I had 2 surgeries performed in February 2015 to
completely clean-up the tumor and followed by one shot of radio therapy.
Latest MRI scan 6 months ago shows that the tumor has not re-appeared
at all :-). Mr McMahon is a very caring surgeon and look after his
patients very well. I just called his office to ask and he perform AVM
surgery too.


#5

Thanks for the tip.
Sounds like you have been through a lot.


#6

Marian,

Yes you are right … I am still happy enjoying my life, travel a
lot discovering our world and still work full time :slight_smile:
Life has to go on … even with a few health problems.
Cheers,
Franz


#7

Hi Marian,
Just wanted to say hello to you and hope you are OK now after recovering from surgery.
Cheers,
Franz


#8

Hello there has anyone had AVM operation done by Dr Leon Lai ? HD 2 different opinion from 2 different surgeons , quite stressed,