Mr James Langdon

Mr James Langdon

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MB BS, MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Orth)

Specialises in

  • Back surgery and investigation
  • Balloon kyphoplasty
  • Pain management
  • Facet joint injections
  • Vertebroplasty

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I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the management of spinal conditions. My main surgical interest is in the use of minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques for the treatment of sciatica and stenosis. I believe that the use of minimally invasive techniques improves patient outcomes and reduces the length of hospital stay.

I offer a full range of surgical treatments for degenerative spinal conditions including lumbar microdiscectomy, spinal decompression, minimally invasive spinal fusions, anterior cervical decompression and fusion/disc replacement, and balloon kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures, as well as spinal injections. I ensure that I take the time to explain things clearly in easy-to-understand terms, enabling patients to make informed decisions about their treatment.

I am a senior spinal orthopaedic surgeon at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where I am the clinical lead for spinal surgery and have also been clinical director of the orthopaedic unit. I trained at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and have been a consultant spinal surgeon since 2011. I undertake between 150-200 spinal operations per year. I have excellent compliance with data entry into the British Spine Registry with good outcome data.

As well as working at Spire Harpenden Hospital, I also undertake my more complex work as part of the First Class Spine team at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. I am on the GMC specialist register for orthopaedic surgery. I am a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) and the Spine Society of Europe.


General Medical Council Number: 4720535

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James Langdon at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Anterior cervical decompression and fusion / disc replacement
  • Decompression surgery for spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar fusion surgery
  • Micro-discectomy
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery

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Additional information

Spinal surgery
Lumbar spine disorders

Special clinical interests: Degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, sciatica / disc problems, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, minimally invasive spinal surgery, micro-discectomy, decompression surgery, spinal fusions, vertebroplasty / kyphoplasty, back and neck pain, and spinal injections.

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (Hemel Hempstead Hospital, St. Albans City Hospital, and Watford General Hospital). 

I enjoy time spent relaxing with my young family and our dog, as well as cycling and cooking.

Despite no longer playing I remain a keen rugby supporter.

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