Mr Rabi Khazim

Mr Rabi Khazim

Consultant Spinal Surgeon


"Spire Wellesley Hospital has all the systems and resources for spinal surgery and I enjoy the support of all the staff who are committed to the best care and safety of patients."

Specialises in

  • Back surgery
  • Balloon kyphoplasty
  • Epidural injections
  • Vertebroplasty

Also available for:

Virtual consultations:

I have 20 years’ experience as a consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon. My practice is focused solely on the comprehensive management of most spinal conditions.

I specialise in the elective diagnosis and management of lower back, neck, arms and legs symptoms as a result of degenerative spinal conditions, as well as the urgent or emergency treatments for spinal fractures, infections and tumours.

During my orthopaedic and spinal training I was involved in 728 major spinal procedures including deformities, infections, tumours and degenerative spinal surgery.

Independently as a consultant spinal surgeon, over a 20 year period in both my NHS and private practice, I have performed a few thousand major spinal procedures and several thousand spinal injections or minor procedures.

I welcome appropriate patients wishing to refer and pay for treatment themselves without the need for a GP letter of referral.

Feedback from my patients at Spire Wellesley Hospital:

'Talking to Mr Khazim was a good experience which left me feeling confident that I would emerge at the other end feeling more my old self, even after explaining that rarely there are complications.'

'Mr Khazim was friendly and attentive to my needs and issues! He explained a range of choices to me regarding treatment, and let me consider to decide.'

'Mr Khazim was very understanding and explained the procedure in full.'

Nov 2021: 'Mr Khazim was understanding to my needs and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him'. 

November 2021: 'The meeting with my consultant prior to the treatment was informative and explained very well. I felt privileged to be able to have my treatment at Spire Wellesley. Very professional team and the parking is so much easier than the local hospital. I would highly recommend them'.

December 2021: Mr Khazim was very approachable and extremely experienced. He listened to my needs and was the best consultant I have ever met. My appointment was quickly arranged, then an MRI and my injection.

December 2021: As a patient, consenting to a procedure is never an easy decision. However, my worsening condition was causing me to struggle as never before, and Mr Khazim offered me a fair chance of some relief from my problems, so, because of what he had explained to me, and after some thought, I became prepared to take that chance. He explained all of the possible risks involved with such a procedure, and I'm pleased that it went well, and to plan.


General Medical Council Number: C4354291

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Rabi Khazim at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Coccygectomy
  • Epidural injections
  • Instrumented lumbar fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Referral for MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging scan) 
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal injections

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Additional information

Lumbar spine disorders
Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests: Back pain, neck pain and cervical spine pain.

MD / American University of Beirut / 1989
Medical Doctor
Following the degrees of Medical doctor (1989), Master of Public health (1983) and Bachelor of Science (1981) from the American University of Beirut, I completed my training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Toronto, Canada in November 1994.

MPH / American University of Beirut / 1989
Master of Public Health

FRCSC / American University of Beirut / 1989
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
I had 2.5 years of specialist training in all aspects of spinal surgery in the Toronto Western Hospital, Canada and Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. I have been a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) since 1995.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada



British Medical Association

Professional leadership

I was a clinical lead spinal surgeon at Southend University Hospital for a few years before resigning to be an independent consultant spinal surgeon treating private and Choose and Book NHS patients.


Incidence and treatment of delayed symptoms of CSK leak following lumbar spinal surgery. Eur Spine J. 2015 Sep;24(9):2069-76

Orgasmic dural tear: an unusual delayed presentation of postural headache following lumbar discectomy. BMJ case reports ;2014. pii: bcr2014208071. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-208071.

Horner's syndrome secondary to intervertebral disc herniation at the level of T1-2. BMJ case reports; pii: bcr2014204820. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-204820.

Spinal cord injuries due to close combat weapons. Neurosciences 2013; Vol. 18 (4):7-9
January 2013

Pain and Neurological Sequalae of Cluster Munitions on Children and Adolescents in South Lebanon. “Neurological Sciences Springer” Neurol Sci DOI 10.1007/s10072-013-1427-4

SPECT scan positive facet joints and other spinal structures in a hospital-wide population with spinal pain. Spine J. [Epub ahead of print] 2010 Jan;10(1):58-62.

Combined Rotatory and Lateral Atlantoaxial Subluxation in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Diagnostic and clinical features: A case report. Joint Bone Spine 76 (2009), pp. 112-113.

Vertebral scalloping in Neurofibromatosis-1. Neurosciences 2007; 12: 68-70.

Spinal Hydatid Disease (editorial). South Med J 2006; 99:114.

Candida albicans osteomyelitis of the spine: progressive clinical and radiological features and surgical management in three cases. Eur Spine J 2006; 15: 1404-1410.

Chemonucleolysis versus discectomy for lumbar disc herniation. Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery 2005; 9: 51-55.

Scoliosis in association with infantile Hypophosphatasia – A case study in two siblings. Spine 2005; 30: E471-476.

Dosage of intrathecal Baclofen maintenance therapy in the spastic syndromes. Lebanese Medical Journal 2004; 52: 13–18.

Long fusion for de Novo Adult degenerative lumbar scoliosis. Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery 2004; 8: 35-41.

Spinal hydatid disease and its neurological complications. Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 2003; 36: 394-396.

Posterior decompression of spinal hydatidosis: Long term results. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 2003; 105: 209-214.

Flexion Osteotomy of the Cervical Spine. A new technique of correction of iatrogenic extension deformity in Ankylosing Spondylitis. Spine 2001; 26: 1068-72.

Non operative management of Atlanto-Axial Rotatory Fixation of more than 4 weeks. Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery 2000; 4 : 50-54.

Medial Longitudinal Corpectomy in the cervical spodylotic myelopathy. Pan Arab Journal of Neurosurgery 1999; 3

Sledging - related spinal injuries and fracture patterns: A report of 5 cases. British Journal of Sports Medicine 1999; 33 : 357-9.

Occipital condyle fracture with peripheral neurological deficit. British Journal of Neurosurgery 1999; 13 : 611-3.

Progressive thrombotic occlusion of the left common iliac artery after anterior lumber spine fusion. European Spine Journal 1998; 7 : 239-41

Anterior vertebral body screws pull-out testing: A comparison of Zielke, Kaneda, Universal Spinal System and USS with pull-out resistant nut. Spine 1998; 23 : 908-10.

Atlanto-axial dislocation without fracture: An Ejection Injury in a Royal Air Force Pilot. J Bone Joint Surg (Br). 1997; 79 : 204-5.

The short form -36 Health Survey questionnaire. A valid outcome measure in spinal surgery. J Bone Joint Surg (Br) 1997; 79 : 48-52.

Instrumented lumbosacral fusion in degenerative spine using the Universal Spinal System. State of the Art, Questions and Controversies. Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, 1996:105-119.

Instrumented fusion of the degenerative lumbar spine. State of the Art, Questions and Controversies. Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, 1996:105-119.

Tendon and ligament injuries in adults with osteogenesis imperfecta. J Bone Joint Surg (Br) 1995; 77 : 155 - 6.

Talar neck fracture with talar head dislocation and intact ankle and subtalar joints. A case report. Foot Ankle 1995; 16 : 44 - 8.

I enjoy spending any available time with my wife, son and two daughters. I try to keep fit, attending a gym three to four times a week and enjoy watching professional and international football.