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Mr Palaniappan (Pal) Lakshmanan

Mr Palaniappan (Pal) Lakshmanan

Consultant Spinal Surgeon
MBBS, MS (Orth), AFRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Practising at

Spire Washington Hospital

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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, sacro iliac joint problems

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Professional profile

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 & 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 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.

I am a specialist spinal orthopaedic surgeon.


Clinical Interests

Spinal surgery
Lumbar spine disorders
Medico-legal

Minimally invasive spinal surgery, cervical spine, ageing spine including osteoporosis, degenerative scoliosis / kyphosis, spinal tumours, spinal trauma & infections, coccygeal problems, sacro Iliac joint problems

Private contact details

Telephone 0191 418 8636
Private secretary Brenda Smith
Private secretary fax 0191 4176573
Private secretary email brenda.SMITH2@spirehealthcare.com
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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / 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

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Spinal Surgeon with Orthopaedic Trauma, Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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