Consultant Profile

Mr Stuart James

Mr Stuart James BM, MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Orth)
Practicing at:
Spire Cardiff Hospital
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Lumbar spine disorders
    • Spinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Neck pain
Arm pain
Back and leg pain
Spinal Injection Therapies- Facet joint blocks, Coablation, Nerve root blocks, Caudal epidurals, and Percutaneous nucloplasty
Minimally Invasive Surgery- including Decompressions, TLIF and XLIF
Scoliosis/Deformity- Paediatric and Adult deformity
Trauma and Tumour surgery of the spine
Spine Arthroplasty- Cervical and Lumbar Disc replacement

Research interests:

Research interest, are in the role of minimally invasive surgery and its relationship to improved clinical outcomes with particular emphasis on degenerative spine disease including deformity.
Basic science interests are in the role of biomarkers as a localisation tool for symptomatic spinal pathology.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Spine Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Vale NHS trust
Honorary Lecturer, Cardiff University

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Surgeons England
British Association of Spine Surgeons  (BASS)
British Scoliosis Society (BSS)
British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)

Contact Details 
Private secretary telephone number:
029 2083 6714
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Stuart undertook his medical training at the University of Southampton qualifying in 1998. Following completion of his degree, Mr James returned home to Wales, where he undertook his basic surgical training and also specialist training in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery in the All Wales Orthopaedic Training Scheme. Whilst on the All Wales Training scheme he experienced extensive spinal training before undergoing further sub-specialist training in Spine Surgery. Stuart then completed a recognised spine fellowship in Bristol, where he has gained extensive exposure and experience in all aspects of spinal disease, from trauma and tumour work through to adult and paediatric complex deformity. Further exposure and training in cutting edge contemporary spinal techniques has been gained in both Europe and the USA. Stuart is GMC registered and on the Specialist Register.

Mr James’s practice is solely in the field of spine surgery. He partakes in a spinal on-call rota for South Wales.

Stuart James has an active role in teaching, being an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Wales. He is also an AO spine faculty member and teaches trainees in Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics, in all aspects of spinal surgery. Within the Royal College of Surgeons, he is regularly a faculty member on the Basic Surgical Skills and Orthopaedics courses.

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