Mr Ben Okafor FRCS (Orth.)

Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon

If you need to have surgery for a spine condition, there are bound to be many questions you'd like to ask and things you'd like to find out.

On this page, you'll find details of the treatments, procedures and operations that Mr Okafor can perform to help treat conditions of the spine. As well as explaining more about the surgical procedure itself, Mr Okafor provides details of what you can expect to happen before and after the operation.   

Anterior cervical decompression

This is peformed to allieviate nerves that are 'pinching' in the back - read more about anterior cervical decompression (fusion surgery) and how it can end the misery for sufferers.  

Balloon kyphoplasty

This operation is designed for patients with vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, multiple myeloma and bone metastasis. Read more about balloon kyphoplasty.

DIAM spine stabilization system

The DIAM procedure is used to treat low back pain and radiating leg pain, which are the result of degenerative disc disease. Read more about the DIAM device here.   


This procedure to remove a prolpased disc is performed for patients who experience severe leg pain for more than 6 weeks, and for whom conventional pain-killing methods haven't worked. Find out more about discectomy.


Lumbar discography is an injection technique used to help a surgeon evaluate patients with disabling low back pain, groin pain, hip pain, and/or leg pain that hasn't responded to conservative treatment. The injection is designed to determine if a specific invertebral disc is generating the pain felt, and what the next steps should be (usually a lumbar fusion).  Read more about the discogram  injection here.


An epidural is an injection that delivers steroids directly to the site of inflammation and reduces pain, partiularly in the back or leg. Read more about epidural, a simple and effective procedure routinely performed by Mr Okafor. 

Lumbar (lower back) decompression 

When a patient experiences leg and buttock pain, weakness, numbness, pins and needles, they may be offered this procedure, which involves the removal of the bone and ligaments that are causing compression of the spinal nerves in the lower back. Read more about lumbar decompression.

Lumbar dynamic stabilisation

When a patient is suffering from spine degeneration, a dynamic stabilisation is benficial in the early stages. Read more about how Mr Okafor uses lumbar dynamic stabilisation to treat patients.

Lumbar fusion

This procedure is carried out for patients with back pain, when other treatments haven't worked. Read more about lumbar fusion


Nucleoplasty is a procedure for treating back and leg pain symptoms, where the patient has a contained herniated disc. Read more about nucleoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure freuqently performed by Mr Okafor.

Wallis stabilisation  

When a patient has back pain that's associated with disc degeneration, this procedure may be able to help. Read more about why Mr Okafor carries out Wallis stabilisation. 

The X-STOP procedure

This is a procedure that's suitable for patients aged 50 or older who have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, and who often have to bend forward to relieve their pain. Read more about how the X-STOP procedure can help sufferers of this type of back pain.


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