Professor Amjad Shad is a Consultant Neurosurgeon with a well-established private practice at The BMI Meriden Hospital in Coventry and BMI The Three Shires in Northampton. He has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust since 2004 and in 2012 he established the Coventry Brain and Spine Service which provides general spinal care services to help patients suffering with back, leg and neck pain. It also offers healthcare providers and patients information on the modern approaches to treating brain or spine disorders and neck and back pain.
During his training in Edinburgh, Oxford and the USA he gained extensive experience in spinal conditions, including complex spinal problems and pain relief. Through his research Professor Shad has developed a new technique to treat cervical disc problems. This offers patients an alternative to the traditional method of harvesting graft from the hip bone, which can be painful. This new technique has improved post-operative recovery rates in most patients.
Where possible Professor Shad performs disc replacement surgery rather than disc fusion, a procedure used to alleviate the symptoms caused by damaged discs. This surgical procedure uses a medical device to surgically remove the damaged or diseased disc and replace it with an artificial disc prosthesis which features a ball and socket design to preserve motion.
Throughout his career Professor Shad has embraced new techniques within the neurosurgery field and has been involved in some ground-breaking surgeries. This includes the removal of a golf-ball size brain tumour through a patient’s nose. The tumour, a meningioma, was squashing the brainstem in the cerebellopontine angle tucked behind the main arteries supplying blood to the brain. It also had vital nerves that were exiting the brain stretched around its periphery making the surgery challenging. He has also used pin-hole surgery to treat a Tarlov cyst, which had been causing lower back and leg pain to the patient for over 18 years.