Professor Sashin Ahuja
Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon
MBBS, MS (Orth), FRCS, FRCS (Orth)
Having completed my orthopaedic training in Wales, I gained training in spinal surgery in Cardiff and Nottingham. I was appointed as a consultant in 2003. My practice involves treating all aspects of spinal pathology, ie low back pain, neck pain, spinal injuries, spinal tumours and scoliosis surgery, together with associated conditions related to spinal problems, such as sacroiliac joint and coccygeal pain.
The various spinal procedures include spinal injections (facet blocks, lumbar nerve blocks, sacroiliac joint injections, radiofrequency ablation of facet joints, coccyx injection etc), micro discectomy, spinal decompressions, spinal stabilisation, such as for cervical, thoracic, lumbar and spino-pelvic stabilisations, and correction for paediatric and adult spinal deformities, like scoliosis and kyphosis.
I have experience in newer techniques such as minimally invasive procedures for back pain. We have pioneered minimally invasive surgery for sacroiliac joint stabilisation.
A detailed account of my specialist areas include: Back pain, leg pain, lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, spinal Injections, sacroiliac joint pain and stabilisation, Cauda Equina Syndrome, spinal surgery, chronic pain, lumbar spine (diseases and disorders of), cervical spine (diseases and disorders of), coccygeal pain, minimal access / invasive surgery, paediatric orthopaedics, scoliosis, sports injuries, osteoporosis, spinal disease and trauma, disc replacement, revision surgery (spinal), ankylosing spondylitis, hyperextension / hyperflexion of spine ('whiplash'), degenerative spine disorders and spine management.
My practice (NHS and privately) and the procedures are as outlined above. On average I usually perform about 10 spinal injections a week, 10 spinal decompressions (including micro discectomies) a month, five spinal stabilisations a month, four paediatric deformity corrections a month.
I'm the back pain pathway lead for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and also act as Speciality Advisor for Spinal Interventions for NICE.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Sashin Ahuja at Spire include:
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MBBS / Mumbai University, India / 1992
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Diploma in Orthopaedics / College of Physicians & Surgeons, Mumbai, India / 1993
Medical Diploma in Orthopaedics
MS Orthopaedics / Mumbai University / 1994
Post-graduate medical degree
DNB Orthopaedics / National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India / 1995
Diplomate of National Board
Member of National Academy of Sciences / National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India / 1998
MSc Orthopaedic Engineering / Cardiff University / 1999
FRCS Orth / Inter Collegiate Board, Edinburgh / 1999
Awarded on passing the Intercollegiate Fellowship Exam
FRCS / Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow / 2001
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow
British Association of Spinal Surgeons
AO Spine UK Executive Council Member for Reference Centres & Fellowships (2014 - 2017)
Back Pain Pathway Lead for Cardiff & Vale University health Board since 2008
Spinal MSCC lead for Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (2009-2013)
Research Chair - British Scoliosis Society Executive Committee (2013 - 2016)
Research Chair - British Association of Spinal Surgeons Executive Committee (2012 - 2014)
Policy & Guidelines Chair - British Association of Spinal Surgeons Executive Committee (2016 - 2018)
AO Spine International Reference Centre - Programme Director for Welsh Centre for Spinal Trauma & Surgery since 2007
I have contributed to many research articles in my field of expertise and I am a guest editor of the Spine Journal Supplement for the Spinal Societies of Britian.
Do magnetic growing rods have lower complication rates compared to conventional growing rods?
Assessment of stress patterns on a spinal motion segment in healthy versus osteoporotic bony model with or without disc degeneration-a finite element model
British Association of Spine Surgeons standards of care for cauda equina syndrome
I spend most of my time with my family and my young ones keep me active outside work. I am interested in sports and play racquet sports and cricket. I enjoy listening to music in my spare time.
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