Alastair Hadlow - Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgeon
Private Service, Orthopaedics, Spinal
Alastair’s special interest is adult spinal surgery. Operations include -
Microdiscectomy for disc prolapse (an intervertebral disc that bulges out from between the vertebrae):
These commonly occur in the lumbar spine and neck, causing spinal and limb pain. Surgery is indicated if you do not get better spontaneously over a 4- to 6-week period.
Decompression and fusion for spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal):
This surgery is necessary if narrowing of the spinal canal pinches the nerves causing leg pain when walking, relieved by sitting down. There are a number of different surgical options depending on the findings on the MRI scan.
Fusion for low back pain:
Some people develop low back pain which does not settle. A spinal fusion involves the insertion of bone graft and normally instrumentation in the form of screws, rods and plates. This surgery is successful in most patients with genuine conditions.
Disc replacements for low back pain:
Alastair offers this surgery as an option for younger patients, especially in the neck and sometimes in the lumbar spine.
Surgery for fractured vertebrae:
Sometimes following a fractured vertebra, a patient gets ongoing back or leg pain, which can be relieved by surgery. Likewise, the patient may have a deformity which can be corrected.
Patients with tumours in their spine sometimes benefit from surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or to stabilise a painful, weak spine resulting from the tumour destroying bone.