Professor Stefan C. Zygmunt M.D., Ph.D. is a nationally and internationally well recognised Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon with a broad clinical experience, in particular with regard to spinal and neuro-vascular conditions. He is a full time NHS Consultant Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon at the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon since 1990. In 1995 he was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and Honorary Lecturer to the University of Birmingham.
He has a unique background in both orthopaedics and neurosurgery holding specialist qualifications in both specialities. He underwent specialist training in Sweden and the U.K. In Sweden he trained at the prestigious University Hospital in Lund and in the U.K. at the well-known Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton. His specialist training was completed in 1986. After this he completed his higher postgraduate medical degree at the University of Lund in Sweden, one of Europe’s most renowned universities where granted by HRH King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden he was appointed Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 1992.
As a result of his research, presentation of numerous peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters he has been invited to give both national and international lectures. He has also chaired international meetings on spinal and neurovascular topics. Professor Zygmunt's work continues to be referred to in major textbooks and scientific articles. In recognition of his successful research he was appointed associate Professor of Neurosurgery 1995.
Professor Zygmunt is a keen developer, teacher and advisor although his main interest is the well being of his patients. He will always hold a detailed discussion of the various possible surgical and/or non-surgical treatments before the most suitable treatment tailored to your specific needs is arranged. Some 50% of the patients will after interview, examination and investigations be advised a variety of non-operative treatments. When surgery is necessary the anaesthetic service is almost exclusively provided by special neuro-anaesthetists with experience in neuro-intensive care. Professor Zygmunt works in team with specialists in pain management, neurology as well as physiotherapy offering a wide range of alternative non-surgical treatments. This includes medical management, injection therapies such as epidurals, root blocks, facet blocks, rhizotomies and also physiotherapy.
His expertise in dealing with patients suffering with neck pain, radicular arm pain, mechanical back pain, low back pain, leg pain (sciatica), degenerative spinal conditions with & without deformity, disc herniations or slipped discs is well known. His particular interest is in microsurgery (surgery using a microscope), disc replacement using motion preserving devices, stabilisation procedures or spinal fusion procedures using minimally invasive techniques such as percutaneous procedures reducing both tissue injury and blood loss.
In his neuro-vascular work he co-operates with some of U.K.'s most experienced specialist interventional neuro-radiologists offering a wide range of advanced interventional neuro-radiological procedures, open surgery is usually left to situations when other treatments are not possible or less suitable.