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A large number of patients are referred to the department who require simple spinal procedures. Simple spinal surgery involves decompressing nerves to reduce pain or improve function. Examples of simple spinal surgery are lumbar microdiscectomy for sciatica, lumbar laminectomy for canal stenosis and cervical foraminotomy for pain down the arm.

All consultant neurosurgeons accept referrals for simple 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: