I have developed a large minimally invasive spinal practice. I also work as part of a team of experts, collaborating with physiotherapists, sports medicine physicians, neurologists, rheumatologists and pain specialists.
I aspire to achieve the highest standards, audit my practice and have published my surgical outcomes in peer-reviewed journals
Mr Rodney Laing
Special clinical interests:
Minimally invasive spinal surgery
Back pain and Lumbar disc problems
Neck pain and Cervical disc problems
Cervical and Lumbar discectomy
Complex spine surgery
Measuring outcome in spinal surgery
Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia
Current NHS and / or university posts:
Consultant Neurosurgeon Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust
Associate Lecturer Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine
Year of first medical qualification:
Mr Laing was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon, with an interest in spinal neurosurgery, at Addenbrookes Hospital in 1995. His practice includes both complex spinal neurosurgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery, which can often be performed as a day case. Mr Laing specialises in the treatment of degenerative disease, trauma, tumours and syringomyelia. In 2000 Mr Laing was appointed director of higher neurosurgical training for the Eastern Deanery. In this capacity he was directly involved in neurosurgical training both at local level and at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. In addition Mr Laing has been secretary of the British Cervical Spine Society and worked to establish the British Association of Spine Surgeons where he served on the Executive. In 2009 Mr Laing became Clinical Director of Neurosurgery at Addenbrookes where he has overseen many changes within the Neurosurgical centre and introduced key initiatives including day case spinal surgery. He has recently been elected to serve on the council of the Society of British Neurological surgeons and has been appointed to the Complex Spine Clinical Commissioning Group.
Mr Laing has active scientific research interests including working to establish robust criteria for measuring the effectiveness of surgical treatment of spinal disorders. He believes that a reliable and consistent measurement of patient experience and outcome is a critical factor in driving improvements. He has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed medical journals.
In Mr Laing’s opinion, the most important development in spinal surgery over the last few years has been the introduction of minimally invasive surgical techniques, which significantly shorten recovery time.
“I have developed a large minimally invasive spinal practice. I also work as part of a team of experts, collaborating with physiotherapists, sports medicine physicians, neurologists, rheumatologists and pain specialists. I aspire to achieve the highest standards, audit my practice and have published my surgical outcomes in peer-reviewed journals”.
For more information about Mr Laing's practice at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, or to make an appointment, telephone 01223 266990 or visit the website