Mr James Langdon

BSc (Hons) MB BS MRCS (Eng) FRCS (Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon

The aims of spinal surgery

Spinal surgery should always be a treatment of last resort. When people do require surgery it is imperative that the operation be carried out with as little soft tissue damage as possible. By using minimally invasive techniques soft tissue damage is kept to a minimum. This means that there is less post-operative pain and a quicker recovery period. Minimising intra-operative muscle damage is important in maintaining a healthy spine for the long term.

Generally, there are two types of spinal operation. Those that aim to relieve arm or leg pain, and those that aim to relieve back or neck pain. Surgery for arm or leg pain works well. The results of surgery for neck or back pain are much less predictable.