Mr Radu Popa

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (Spinal)

Eq FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Specialises in

  • Lower back pain, chronic and acute
  • Sciatica, arm and leg pain
  • Spinal canal stenosis
  • Minimally invasive decompression and fusion surgery
  • Acute back and leg pain

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My medical school was the University of Medicine in Bucharest, and my postgraduate training was in Bucharest at Trauma and Orthopaedic Hospital of “Foisor”. I then completed three of the most prestigious Spinal Surgery Fellowships in the UK at Oxford University Hospital, Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. I have covered all the aspects of spinal pathology and their treatment.

I have a research interest in minimally invasive spine surgery. My NHS practice is for primary and complex spinal disorders, including revision surgery. I believe that each patient has to receive realistic feedback from their consultant with regards to potential outcome of surgery. We need to be realistic about the outcomes and occurring risks of spinal treatment pathways. I would not give false hope to my patients and will make sure we have tried all the options of conservative management prior to embarking on surgical treatment.

Over 80% of the posterior thoraco-lumbar spine operations that I perform are with minimal access as microdiscectomy, TLIF - transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, percutaneous stabilisation and kyphoplasties. I am also involved in the development of the 'next generation' of spinal implants working close with spinal implant companies like K2M.


General Medical Council Number: C7069093

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Radu Popa at Spire include:

Other treatments

Orthopaedics/spinal surgery

 Back conditions

  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Cauda equina syndrome (CES)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lower back pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Degenerative scoliosis/kyphosis
  • Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis
  • Coccydynia
  • Sacro-iliac joint dysfunction
  • Spinal osteoporotic fractures

Neck conditions 

  • Neck pain
  • Cervical radiculopathy (arm pain and numbness)
  • Cervical disc herniation
  • Cervical myelopathy 

Back – lumbar surgery 

Neck – cervical surgery 

Diagnostic injections 

  • Nerve root
  • Epidural
  • Facet joint
  • Sacro-iliac joint
  • Coccyx

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Additional information

Professional memberships

General Medical Council

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

European Association of Spinal Surgeons

British Scoliosis Society

Mr Radu Popa is a specialist consultant at Spire Liverpool Hospital and Murrayfield Wirral Hospital.