Mr Raghu Vindlacheruvu
MB BChir, MA, FRCS
I am a consultant neurosurgeon at Spire Hartswood private hospital in Brentwood offering private spinal surgery and neurosurgery in their clean and comfortable hospital.
Back pain and neck pain are extremely common and can be so severe as to wreak havoc with many aspects of both personal and professional life. Careful assessment can identify the treatment that will be of most benefit to each patient. I have expertise in a range of back and neck operations, including cervical disc replacement and minimally invasive techniques (keyhole surgery) for the decompression of spinal cord and nerve roots in degenerative disease of the spine (spondylosis) and treatment of benign and malignant tumours. I always take an evidence-based approach.
I also undertake many cranial surgery procedures for brain injury, hydrocephalus and brain tumours. The driving force for my brain tumour work is to cure benign tumours and to give quality of life to patients with malignant tumours.
As lead surgeon for the neurovascular service at Queen's Hospital, I have helped develop the unit into one of the busiest in England. My evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach is underpinned by a rigorous audit process for cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation, cavernoma, and atherosclerotic carotid artery disease.
As an NHS consultant, I am Head of Department for a team of eleven neurosurgeons, serving the adult population of Essex and North-East London affected by disorders of the brain or spine.
When seeing me at Spire Hartswood, patients can expect to receive a careful assessment and discussion of all treatment options in lay terms. They will be guided to the optimum management plan catering to their specific individual needs. I qualified as a doctor from Cambridge University in 1993. Following basic surgical training in London I spent eight years in Newcastle as a specialist registrar in neurosurgery. In this period I gained experience across the full range of neurosurgical procedures and also undertook research. In 2006 I became a consultant neurosurgeon at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, Essex, moving to Queen's Hospital, Romford later that year.
Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Neurovascular Group
British Association of Spinal Surgeons
Consultant neurosurgeon, Queen's Hospital, Romford (Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust)
My personal interest in fitness (participating in triathlons, marathons, and a keen tennis player) gives valuable insight into many of the exercises useful for patients suffering with back pain. I am also an enthusiastic violinist, playing for Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra. I have raised money through running and triathlon for Breast Cancer Now and a number of other charities. Prevention is clearly better than cure, and I endorse the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, while being committed to supporting research to identify new technologies to help those people in need.