Mr Michael Anthony Foy

Personal profile

Michael Foy qualified in 1977 Southampton University and went on to do Orthopaedic training with the Royal Air Force in Nottingham. He has been a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon since 1989 initially at PA(H) RAF Wroughton and since August 1993 at Princess Margaret now Great Western Hospital Swindon. Michael now has private practice base at Ridgeway Hospital, Wroughton and at 10 Harley Street, London.

Mr Foy is a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) and the British Cervical Spine Society (BCSS). He is actively involved with the assessment and surgical management of nerve compression in the neck and back with cervical and lumbar decompression and fusion procedures.

Mr Foy is familiar with instrumented procedures in the cervical and lumbar spine using systems such as Xia, Dynesys, Solis, X-stop, Coflex etc. He has good liaison both in NHS and private sector with spinal physiotherapists and is aware of the important place of the non-surgical management of spinal problems.

His main area of specialisation is in spinal surgery but he is still actively involved in general orthopaedics and lower limb joint replacement and arthroscopic/soft tissue knee surgery in particular. Using Exeter total hip system, PFC, Oxford and Avon knee systems. He has gained extensive experience of arthroscopic and soft tissue knee surgery from Royal Air Force practice.

Michael is the author of various papers and presentations on back pain and trauma. Extensive medico-legal practice (negligence and personal injury). Author/Co-Editor of standard text in medicolegal practice “Medicolegal Reporting in Orthopaedic Trauma” now in its third edition.

Personal profile

His interests outside orthopaedics include sport, travel and theatre. Michael is also a keen golfer. From an early age he has had an interest in horse racing/breeding. As a consequence of this, many of the racing fraternity (jockeys, trainers etc) are patients.

Professional Membership



  • BMA

  • BOA

  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS)

  • British Cervical Spine Society (BCSS)

Clinical Interests



  • Lumbar and cervical spine

  • Low Back Pain

  • Sciatica (Disc Prolapse)

  • Neck Pain / Brachial Neuralgia (Arm pain)

  • Spinal Stenosis

  • Cauda Equina Syndrome

  • Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty

  • Hip replacement

  • Knee replacement (total / unicompartmental)

  • Arthroscopic surgery

  • Ligament reconstruction

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