Mr J N Alastair Gibson

Mr J N Alastair Gibson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MD, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Orth)

Practising at

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr J N Alastair Gibson at Spire include:


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Professional profile

I have accepted patients referred to the Spire Murrayfield Hospitals since 1997 with orthopaedic spinal problems. This reflects my clinical practice at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh and St John's Hospital Livingston. I previously held appointments as Spinal Fellow at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney and Visiting Scholar to the University of Sydney, Australia. I have specialist expertise in endoscopic spine surgery, pioneering transforaminal discectomy in the UK in collaboration with joimax GmbH, a leading equipment manufacturer.

My recent research has included publication of International Cochrane Literature Reviews of Surgery, development of a patented cervical disc arthroplasty and studies of a novel device harnessing growth to modify scoliosis.

Clinical Interests

Orthopaedic surgery
Spinal surgery
Lumbar spine disorders

Special Clinical Interests: Degenerative lumbar and cervical spinal disease, Microdiscectomy and Endoscopic (Video) Spinal Surgery (TESSYS and CESSYS), Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease, Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Adult spinal deformity.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Council)
British Association of Spine Surgeons. New York Academy of Sciences
British Orthopaedic Association

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St John's Hospital, Livingston.

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.

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Research and Publication

  • Reviews of spine surgery
  • Studies of Endoscopic discectomy
  • Treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (MRC funded)
  • Development of cervical and lumbar implants and surgical devices


Recent publications

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Personal Profile

I am a member of the Thistle Lawn Tennis Club (past President), Mortonhall Golf Club, David Lloyd Club and the Arran Yacht Club.

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Financial Interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc

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Private contact details

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary fax 0131 334 7338
Private secretary email