Since 2018, this BBC Two programme has been providing an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the work carried out by some of the UK’s most skilled surgeons. Viewers get a fascinating insight into the operating theatre as surgeons are seen carrying out life-saving operations with cutting edge technologies.
This particular episode, taking place at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, features Dr Kotter and colleagues carrying out intricate surgery on a single mum of four who has a severed spinal cord as a result of a serious car accident. To maximise her chances of rehabilitation and provide her some degree of independence, the team of doctors work to realign her dislocated spine and replace her heavily damaged disc by harvesting bone from her pelvis.
Warning: it’s not for the squeamish!
If you’d like to know more about what makes him tick, take a look at the below interview with Dr Kotter from 2019 to hear about his interest in founding a charity for DCM, his reasons for bringing spine professionals together to address unmet needs, and his ambitions for regenerative therapies .
Find all five series of Surgeons: At the Edge of Life on the BBC iPlayer.
The episode featuring Dr Kotter is titled Major Trauma – Back from the Brink.