Mr Palaniappan (Pal) Lakshmanan

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orth), AFRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Specialises in

  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • SacroIliac joint problems

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I am a specialist spinal orthopaedic surgeon, regularly performing a wide variety of spinal surgical procedures at Spire Washington Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital. I started my medical career in India in Tamil Nadu, where I did my orthopaedic training for three years from 1998 - 2001. I did a thesis on surgical management of upper cervical spine instability for my MS (Orth) degree obtained from the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, India in 2001.

I undertook a fellowship in Spinal Surgery in Cardiff (University Hospital Wales and University Hospital Llandough) in 2004 when I published my hypothesis on Odontoid fractures in the elderly. Following this I did an orthopaedic rotation in the Northern Deanery. I underwent an advanced spinal training fellowship in the Spinal Centre in Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham in 2009. In 2010, before taking up my role as Spinal Consultant in Sunderland Royal Hospital, I did a Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery fellowship in Schon Klinik at Munich with Prof Mayer and co.


General Medical Council Number: C6038229

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Palaniappan (Pal) Lakshmanan at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - spine

Other treatments

  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Cervical spine
  • Ageing spine including osteoporosis
  • Degenerative scoliosis / kyphosis
  • Spinal tumours
  • Spinal trauma & infections
  • Coccygeal problems
  • Sacroiliac joint problems

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Additional information

Spinal surgery
Lumbar spine disorders

Special clinical interests: Minimally invasive spinal surgery, cervical spine, ageing spine including osteoporosis, degenerative scoliosis / kyphosis, spinal tumours, spinal trauma and infections, coccygeal problems, sacro Iliac joint problems.

MBBS / Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Med University / 1996
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

Resident Advisory Board Member in the American Journal of Orthopaedics (2011)

Member of Drugs and Therapeutics committee, City Hospitals Sunderland

AO UK faculty

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

North American Spine Society

AO Spine

Professional leadership

Spine Lecturer Miller UK FRCS Orth Course

Consultant Spinal Surgeon with Orthopaedic Trauma, Sunderland Royal Hospital

Telephone 0191 418 8636
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