Dr Thanthullu Vasu

Dr Thanthullu Vasu

Consultant Anaesthetist - Pain management
MBBS, MD, DNB(Anaesthesia), FRCA, DIp Pain Mgt, FIPP, FFPMRCA

Practising at

Spire Leicester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Thanthullu Vasu at Spire include:

Pain management

Other treatments

I also perform:

  • Acupuncture
  • Injections of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Intravenous lignocaine infusions for widespread pain
  • Radiofrequency and Pulsed radiofrequency
  • Spinal injections
  • Trigger injections

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Professional profile

I have been a consultant in pain medicine since 2006 and I specialise in a variety of chronic pain conditions, treating spinal pain (back/neck), widespread pain including fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome, neuropathic pain, abdominal/visceral pain and chronic headaches in adults.

I am the only consultant leading a multidisciplinary chronic pain service for children in the whole of the Midlands. I see more than 100 children every year at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. I have won a national award for innovations in paediatric pain which is quoted as an example of excellence on the Royal College of Anaesthetists website.

I undertake a variety of interventions and injections for pain conditions. My particular interest is in radiofrequency denervation injections for back and neck pain. I have over 12 years' experience in a variety of pain injections and run a weekly NHS theatre based list for injections, as well as a non X-ray injection list every week.

I am invited to lecture in various specialities of chronic pain both nationally and internationally. I have lectured in many patient forums and groups including the Marvellous Medicine lecture in Leicester (2016), Bangor Science Cafe (2010) and Yns Mon Fibromyalgia group (2011).

In the past I led the Association of Anaesthetists' pain workshop in their Winter Scientific Meeting and chaired the National Pain Exchange Meeting. I have been a Judge for the National Grunenthal Pain Awards for innovation and excellence and have previously organised the Annual Midlands pain forum. I was the founder organiser of the North Wales Pain forum. I have published many scientific articles in esteemed journals in pain and have authored many chapters in various textbooks on pain. I have authored the Pain chapter in the Royal College of Surgeons CCrISP manual.

I am the audit lead for the chronic pain service in Leicester.

I was the Lead for pain medicine in University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust between 2016-2018 and in North Wales between 2009-2010. I was the elected Council Member of the British Pain Society between 2009-2014 and for the Welsh Pain Society between 2009-2012. I held the position of Chief Editor of Pain News, the official publication of the British Pain Society between 2011-2014. I have also been a member of the Communications Committee and the Science/Research Committee of the Pain Society and was a member of the Research Ethics Committee of North West Wales.

Clinical Interests

Pain management

Special clinical interests: Back pain and neck pain, fibromyalgia and widespread pain, neuropathic pain, abdominal pain, headaches and chronic pain in children.

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBBS / The Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University / 1993
Bachelor of Medicine, bachelor of Surgery

MD (Anaesthesia) / Thanjavur Medical College, India / 1999
Doctor of Medicine

Dip NB (Anaesthesia) / National Board, India / 1999
Specialism post graduate studies

FRCA / Royal College of Anaesthetists / 2002
Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

Dip Pain Mgt / Cardiff University / 2006
Diploma in Pain Management

FIPP / World Institute of Pain / 2007
Fellow of International Pain Practice

FFPMRCA / Faculty of Pain Medicine, London / 2008
Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Anaesthetists, London
Faculty of Pain Medicine, RCOA, London

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Current NHS posts

Consultant in Pain Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester.

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Research and Publication


Spinal Interventions in Pain Management (Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Pain Medicine) Chapter: Drugs, equipment, and basic principles of spinal interventions
March 2012

Spinal Interventions in Pain Management (Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Pain Medicine) Chapter: Thoracic spine interventions
March 2012

Pain News: A rare case of facioscapulohumeral syndrome with widespread chronic pain:-Page 114
September 2017

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Private contact details

Telephone 0116 265 3685
Private secretary Spire Leicester Medical Secretaries
Private secretary telephone 0116 265 3014
Private secretary email lcmedsec@spirehealthcare.com