Minimally invasive spine surgerySpinal tumoursBack pain and Lumbar disc problemsNeck pain and cervical disc problemsCervical and lumbar discectomySpinal stenosisComplex spine surgerySyringomyelia
Measuring outcome in spinal surgeryBack painChiari malformation and Syringomyelia
Consultant Neurosurgeon Addenbrookes HospitalAssociate Lecturer Cambridge University school of clinical medicine
Royal College of Surgeons of EnglandBritish association of Spine SurgeonsSociety of British Neurological SurgeonsRegional specialty advisor neurosurgeryBritish medical Association
Rod Laing was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon, with an interest in spinal neurosurgery, at Addenbrookes Hospital in 1995. Since then his practice has expanded to include both complex spinal neurosurgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery, which can often be performed as a day case. Rod specialises in the treatment of degenerative disease, trauma, tumours and syringomyelia. He has a patient centred focus.
In 2000 Rod 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 Rod 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 until recently. In 2009 Rod became Clinical Director of Neurosurgery; he has overseen many changes with in the Neurosurgical centre and introduced key initiatives including day case spinal surgery.
I offer a patient-centred service, allocating at least 30 minutes to new patients in clinic. I help each patient understand how their symptoms are caused and what role surgical intervention might have in improving their quality of life so that we can share decision-making. In addition I offer a rapid access one-stop clinic, with MRI scanning on the same day as the clinic appointment when appropriate. 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.
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