Mr Balaji Purushothaman

Mr Balaji Purushothaman

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Neck and back pain
  • Spinal conditions
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Medico-legal

Also available for:

Virtual consultations:

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon currently working at Sunderland Royal Hospital. I specialise in treating patients with neck and back problems. Treatment is tailored to each individual patient, and can range from non-surgical methods such as physiotherapy and injections to surgery, when appropriate. I perform microdiscectomy, decompression surgery, fusion surgery and vertebroplasty.

I underwent my orthopaedic training in the northern region, with a special interest in spinal surgery. I then pursued the reputed AO Spine Fellowship at the Princess Alexandra, Mater and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospitals in Brisbane. I am a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons and Eurospine.

I enjoy teaching and I am a faculty on various courses, and I also convene the FRCS course for trainees. I have published in both national and international journals.


General Medical Council Number: C6067246

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Balaji Purushothaman at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - spine

Other treatments

  • Degenerative lumbar and cervical spinal conditions and medico-legal consultations
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) / Disc replacement
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Decompression / +/- Fusion


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Additional information

Lumbar spine disorders
Spinal surgery

MB BS / The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University / 2002
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS (T&O) / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 2013
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Professional memberships

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

AO Spine UK

Professional leadership

Course convenor, The Northern FRCS (Orth) revision course

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Away from work, I love travelling and exploring new cultures and cuisines.

Telephone 0191 565 6256
Private secretary Samantha Grainger
Private secretary telephone 0191 448 7631 - Ext 2324
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