Mr Am Rai

Mr Am Rai

Consultant Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Orthopaedics
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal deformities

Also available for:

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One of the leading Spinal Surgeons in the UK with over 30 years' experience in treating patients for a wide range of back and neck problems. My practice philosophy is to treat everyone as an individual, doing what is right, as if they were members of my own family. I personally appreciate the disability from spinal disease as I myself have undergone spinal surgery in recent years.

Throughout my extensive career, I have performed in excess of 10,000 operations and demonstrated expertise on a wide range of spinal conditions with emphasis on spinal stenosis, ageing spine cervical fusion / disc replacement and minimal access keyhole surgery. However, the majority of patients seen in my clinic are treated conservatively, without the need for an operation. Be assured if surgical intervention is required you are in safe hands and expertise as evidenced by holding the largest patient database looking at spinal outcomes, which are recorded on the British Spinal Register, resulting in a 5 star rating.

Prior to any procedure taking place, I allow dedicated time to discuss all the options available with the patient and their family to ensure all alternatives have been explored to give patients a balanced opinion.

In addition to my clinical attributes, I was elected President of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) by my surgical peers, where I was on the BASS Executive Committee for six years (2017 – 2023).

I am also the Director of a spinal charity Spine Aid, which arranges regular trips abroad for a team of spinal surgeons, medical students, neurophysiology technicians and anaesthetists to help treat under privileged children with spinal deformities.

I am proud to share my knowledge and experience with colleagues across the world having trained over 25 Consultant Spinal Surgeons worldwide. I helped develop core curriculum for spinal training and am the Foundation Programme Director for junior doctors. I am a regular reviewer of unit level surgical practice in the UK via BASS and Royal College of Surgeons.


General Medical Council Number: C3454585

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Am Rai at Spire include:



Other treatments

  • Cervical reconstruction - disc replacement and motion preservation
  • Disc herniations
  • Minimal access spinal surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma
  • Tumours

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Additional information

Back pain
Degenerative spine
Lumbar spine disorders
Minimal access surgery
Neck pain
Orthopaedic medicine
Orthopaedic surgery
Pain management
Paediatric orthopaedics
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury
Sports medicine
Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests: Super expert in minimal keyhole surgery. Largest experience treating spinal stenosis in ageing spine. Special clinical interests include: Adult deformity surgery, Anterolateral foraminotomy, Balloon Kyphoplasty, Brachalgia (arm pain), Cervical (neck) surgery,Cervical decompression & fusion, Cervical disc replacement, Cervical myelopathy (crowding of the spinal cord causing loss of balance and weakness), Cervical spinal surgery, Coccydynia (tailbone pain), Complex spinal reconstruction, Complex spinal surgery,Disc herniation (slipped disc), Discectomy, Facet joint replacement, Fractures of the spine, Keyhole spinal surgery, Laser manipulation, Low back pain, Lumbar decompression, Lumbar discectomy, Lumbar disc prolapse, Lumbar fusion, Lumbar laminectomy, Lumbar microdiscectomy, Lumbar spinal decompression, Lumbar spinal surgery, Minimal access 'keyhole' spinal surgery, Neck pain, Non fusion spinal surgery, Pain management, Sacroiliac fusion, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (low back pain), Sciatica (pinched nerve), Scoliosis, Spinal conditions in athletes and sportspersons, Spinal problems in the elderly, Spinal stenosis (crowding of the spinal cord causing hunching over and reduction in walking distance), Spinal surgery, Spinal trauma surgery, Spinal tumours, Spondylolisthesis (misalignment of the vertebrae), Sports spinal injuries, Thoracic spinal surgery, Trauma surgery, Vertebroplasty & kyphoplasty.

Professional memberships

British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS)

British Scoliosis Society

Member of European Spine Society

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons

Member of British Orthopaedic Association

Royal College of Surgeons Appointments Committee Assessor

Professional leadership

Director of Spine Aid
President British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) (2014 - 2017)

  • Morphology of disc degeneration and cervical disc replacement
  • Minimal access spinal surgery
  • Degenerative adult scoliosis


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Consultant Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Cromer Hospital.

Honorary Contracts:

Addenbrooke's Teaching Hospital, Cambridge.

Ipswich Hospital, Suffolk.

Cure International Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, Africa

I am married with two children. I enjoy cooking, wine, cycling, golf and chess.

Mr Am Rai performed educational sessions with clinical teams at the Spire Norwich in 2020 for which he was paid £6,000
Telephone 01603 255 614
Private secretary Zoe Rumbelow
Private secretary telephone 01603 505 063
Private secretary email