Mr Rajiv Bajekal

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MCh (Orth), FRCS (Orth)

Personal profile

Born in Rourkela, India Mr Rajiv Bajekal's father worked in the steel industry, therefore he and his family moved around various parts of India. Mr Bajekal had a cosmopolitan upbringing and was educated in Rishi Valley School. This was a boarding school run by the Krishnamurthi foundation, founded by the philosopher himself. It is also the reason why Mr Bajekal tends to be quite phlegmatic and relaxed.

He completed his medical schooling in JIPMER, Pondicherry and his MS in Orthopaedics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

He came to the UK in 1992 and worked in Norwich as a basic surgical trainee for the Royal Free/ RNOH Registrar/Senior Registrar rotation and completed his MCh from Liverpool as an external candidate. He obtained a Consultant post with Doncaster/Bassetlaw NHS trust in 1998 but left to pursue his current post at Barnet, where his wife Nitu also practises.

Mr Bajekal has an interest in sciatica and back pain. He has developed a pragmatic approach to managing back pain and sciatica with non-surgical techniques, injections and minimally invasive techniques. He regularly performs discectomy, decompressions and spinal fusions by minimally invasive techniques.

He maintains his skills in General Orthopaedics and trauma and leads a hip and knee practice.

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Croydon University Hospital NHS Trust
  • St John’s Institute of Dermatology
  • Guys & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Trust

Clinical Interests

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Injections for back problems
  • Lumbar disc problems
  • Spinal surgery
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Decompression of the spine
  • Fractures of spine
  • Balloon kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Hip/Knee arthritis
  • Meniscal tears

Professional Memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Association for Spinal Surgeons
  • Royal Society of Medicine

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