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Neuro Spinal Surgery

Private Neuro Spinal Surgery at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, the neuro spinal surgery team specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of diseases of the brain and spine, most commonly back and neck pain, sciatica, and other common conditions affecting the spine.

Patients benefit from a leading team of specialists that includes neurosurgeons, radiographers, physiotherapists, pain management specialists and specialist nurses to ensure we can consistently provide the most appropriate care possible.

We are proud to work with highly qualified and well-established consultants who have extensive experience in advanced surgical techniques for neurosurgical and spinal conditions.

Book an initial appointment at BMI Ross Hall Hospital’s comprehensive neuro spinal surgery facility today.

Neuro spinal surgery is the area of medicine that focuses on surgical procedures on the central nervous system that includes the brain and the spine. Diseases affecting the brain and spine can result in neurological dysfunction and pain. In the majority of cases neurosurgeons can help manage neurological and spinal conditions with medication, physical therapy, and other lifestyle modifications. However, often surgery may be  necessary to treat  certain conditions. The neuro spinal surgeons at BMI Ross Hall Hospital offer various surgical procedures for spinal conditions, but surgery for brain conditions is currently not offered. However, they are able to assess, diagnose and offer non-surgical treatment, and if required can make necessary arrangements to have the patients transferred to the appropriate NHS facility for surgical treatment for complex brain conditions.

In addition to conservative treatment of various spinal conditions the vastly experienced neurosurgeons at BMI Ross Hall Hospital can perform many surgeries to relieve uncomfortable symptoms arising from the spine. They are typically procedures to relieve pressure on the nerves and spinal cord caused by damaged discs, bony spurs, overgrown ligament and other degenerative changes in the spine. Occasionally surgery may be necessary to remove growths and correct malalignment or repair instability.

When you visit a consultant with a neurological or spinal problem including persistent back pain, sciatica or related neurological symptoms, they will be able to make rapid clinical assessment and arrange the appropriate investigations for a fast and accurate diagnosis. The most common test undertaken for investigating brain and spine conditions is an MRI scan, but sometimes CT scan, X-rays and Neurophysiological studies may also be required, which are all readily available at BMI Ross Hall Hospital. Following an accurate diagnosis, the consultant will discuss a management plan tailored to your condition.

Some of the common spinal surgeries performed at BMI Ross Hall Hospital include:

  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Anterior cervical decompression and fusion
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Posterior cervical foraminotomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Facet joint injections
  • Transforaminal epidural injections

During an admission for surgery the professional neuro spinal surgery consultants will ensure you are fully supported throughout the journey along with the experienced multidisciplinary team at BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

At your initial consultation, the consultant neurosurgeon will first discuss and assess your symptoms, any previous treatments and medical history to get a clear picture of the situation.

They will then perform a comprehensive clinical examination of the relevant area that includes the cranial nerves, motor function, sensory function, reflexes, sensation, mobility, the functional assessment of your limbs etc.

Based on the history and examination, the consultant will often request further investigations which include:

  • MRI scan - This uses a magnetic field to create images of your internal structures such as the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves, discs and other soft tissues. They are invaluable for neurosurgeons to plan the most optimal treatment.

  • CT scan - Sometimes referred to as CAT Scans, this utilises x-rays to produce detailed images of your internal structures. They give better visualisation of bones and can complement an MRI scan, or sometimes used as an alternative when an MRI scan cannot be undertaken.

  • EMG and nerve conduction study - This test examines the speed and strength of your nerve signals and muscles by passing tiny electric currents.

Once these tests have been completed, you will have a follow-up consultation to discuss the results and the best course of action going forward.

If surgery is needed, your consultant will discuss the recommended treatment with you. They will go through any risks and complications and answer any questions you have about the procedure. You’ll then agree on a suitable date for your surgery with your consultant, and the BMI Ross Hall Hospital Team will arrange all of the details for your stay.

The majority of patients admitted to BMI Ross Hall Hospital for neuro spinal surgical procedures are short stay, meaning they are discharged within 24 hours, often requiring an overnight stay. For more complex cases, an extra night or two may be required.

All patients recover in a private room and can enjoy the welcoming, clean, modern and friendly environment as they begin their recovery journey. 

All patients following surgery will be able to go through a tailored physiotherapy programme put together by the BMI Ross Hall Hospital physiotherapists following their surgery.

Usually, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with your consultant around 6-8 weeks after the surgery. Your consultant will review your recovery and help create an on-going rehabilitation plan for you to return to regular activities like work or sport. Most patients can be discharged after the first follow-up, but some may need one or two further appointments. 

At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, we understand the disruption neurological and spinal conditions, including back pain and sciatica can cause to your life and the importance of having fast access to leading neuro spinal surgeons to get you back to living life pain-free.

Alongside expert neuro spinal surgeons, you can rest assured that you will have a world-class multidisciplinary team by your side from initial consultation to diagnosis, to surgery and throughout your recovery.

The team is supported by a wide range of advanced facilities, modern technology, and the highest standard of comfort and cleanliness available with fast access and appointment times to suit you.

At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, we are very proud of the neuro spinal surgery services we are able to offer patients:

  • Rapid access to an experienced consultant of choice usually within 48-72 hours

  • A first-class approach to care provision from initial consultation through to treatment and aftercare

  • A coordinated multidisciplinary team with on-site access to a full range of diagnostic imaging facilities and chartered physiotherapists

  • Specialism in traditional and minimally invasive spinal surgery

  • Non-surgical treatment options including physiotherapy and pain management such as joint and epidural injections

  • Treatments are covered by most insurance companies but please do check with your provider before booking appointments

  • Fixed price packages for self-pay patients without any hidden costs

If you’re ready, give us a call or book online today.

Specialists Offering Neuro Spinal Surgery

Mr Likhith Alakandy

Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon

MBBS, MPhil, FRCS, FRCSEd, FRCS(Neurosurgery)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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