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Surgeons: At the Edge – BBC2

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life - S2 shows Navin Furtado
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Top surgeons attempt to transform the lives of two patients in tonight's Surgeons: At the Edge

Top surgeons attempt to transform the lives of two housebound patients in tonight's Surgeons: At the Edge

In tonight’s episode of this incredible series, former butcher Chris is having truly extraordinary surgery that involves breaking and realigning his back.

Consultant Anaesthetist Khalid Hasan prepares Chris for his operation

Consultant Anaesthetist Khalid Hasan prepares Chris for his operation

Years of heavy lifting have damaged his spine so badly that he can no longer stand up straight or walk, and he is in constant, agonising pain.

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life - S2

Consultant Spinal and Neurosurgeon Navin Furtado

His surgeon, Navin Furtado (pictured above), and a huge team of theatre staff, remove a chunk of his lower spine and then insert 23 screws.

The hope is that this drastic and dangerous op will allow Chris to stand and walk without pain.

The second operation is for Judy, whose life has been completely disrupted by a huge abdominal apron, or build-up of fluid, that once removed makes her an astonishing seven-and-a-half stone lighter.

TV Times rating: ****

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Mandy Cooper

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.