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Complex spinal surgery is the insertion of metalwork to stabilize and fuse parts of the spine. This may be necessary for spinal fractures, metastatic spinal tumours, spinal instability and sometimes for back pain. A relatively new development is minimally invasive spinal surgery, a type of ‘key-hole’ surgery. Our surgeons use the latest techniques in complex spinal surgery including minimally invasive procedures.

There are weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings attended by neurosurgeons, spinal orthopaedic surgeons, pain specialists and neuroradiologists to discuss complex spinal cases.

Matthew Crocker, James Laban, Pawan Minhas and Marios Papadopoulos sub-speciaise in complex spinal surgery.

Mortality data

Consultant outcome publication (COP) is an NHS England initiative to increase transparency within the NHS and to provide the public with information on surgical outcomes. The Neurosurgical National Audit Programme (NNAP) has been mandated by NHS England to publish activity and mortality data for all neurosurgery units and consultant neurosurgeons practising in England.

The newly published mortality data shows that the St George's Hospital neurosurgery unit has a lower than expected mortality rate.  You can read the NNAP report on St George's and compare our performance with other neurosurgery units on the Neurosurgical National Audit Programme website.

Consultant Outcome Publication 2014

Read the mortality data and outcome report for each of our consultant neurosurgeons: