Spire Shawfair Park Hospital has launched a new cervical endoscopic spinal surgery system (CESSYS®) for treatment of a ‘slipped’ disc in the neck - the first of its kind in the UK. Using state-of-the-art high definition video technology, the surgeon is able to perform ‘keyhole’ surgery. In partnership with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the first successful surgeries have now been performed avoiding the need for open spinal fusion surgery or disc replacement. This is an exciting development that follows the successful launch in 2011, by Mr Alastair Gibson (Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Spire Shawfair Park Hospital) of Lumbar ‘keyhole’ disc surgery. Patients attend for both procedures to the day surgery unit which means they can reasonably expect to return home without an overnight stay and are more likely to have a faster recovery and reduced scarring than can be achieved with conventional surgery. Cervical endoscopic surgery is performed through a short incision in the neck through which a 3.5mm video telescope camera is inserted to directly view the disc, spinal cord and other structures. “There is no doubt that we are entering a new phase of spinal surgery,” states Mr Gibson, “with advancements in techniques that will make long stays in hospital a thing of the past allowing patients to rapidly return to full activity and sport”. To make a referral to this service, ask your GP for a private referral to be sent to Mr A Gibson at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals or call customer services on 0131 316 2507 for more information.