Mr James Langdon

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery

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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020

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  • Spine

About me

My name is James Langdon. I have worked in Hertfordshire as a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon since 2011. My clinical practice is purely dedicated to treating patients with back problems including disc problems (disc prolapse / slipped disc), sciatica, arm pain, neck and back pain, fractures and spinal stenosis. I am an expert in managing disc problems and spinal stenosis.

When appropriate, I believe in minimal intervention to treat spinal conditions and I will exhaust the non-surgical treatment options (including spinal injections) before recommending surgery. I work closely with physical therapists, radiologists, pain specialists and other health professionals to optimise patients’ treatment prior to undertaking any surgical procedures. I ensure that I take the time to explain things clearly in easy to understand terms, enabling patients to make informed decisions about their treatment options.

My main surgical interest is in the use of minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques. I believe that the use of these techniques reduces post-operative pain, reduces length of hospital stay, and improves patient outcomes. I offer a full range of surgical treatments for degenerative spinal conditions including lumbar microdiscectomy, spinal decompression, minimally invasive spinal fusions, anterior cervical decompression and fusion / disc replacement, balloon kyphoplasty, as well as spinal injections.

I qualified from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College School of Medicine) in 2000. I undertook my specialist orthopaedic and spinal training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and I also underwent a one-year UK advanced training fellowship in spinal surgery as part of my training. I have lived in Hertfordshire since 2008 and was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon to West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Watford) in 2011, where I am currently the Clinical Director for Trauma, Orthopaedics and Spinal surgery. I have seen patients privately at Spire Harpenden Hospital since 2012.

I am on the GMC specialist register for Orthopaedic surgery. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. I am a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, the Spine Society of Europe, and the British Orthopaedic Association. I have published several research papers on trauma and orthopaedic surgery. I have presented this work at both national and international meetings.

I currently live in Berkhamsted. I enjoy time spending relaxing with my young family and 2 dogs, as well as trying to keep fit and cooking. Despite no longer playing, I remain a keen rugby supporter.

Areas of interest

Sciatica; Slipped disc; Spinal stenosis; Disc disease; Spondylolisthesis; Vertebral compression fractures; Lumbar spine (diseases and disorders of); Degenerative spine disorders; Back pain; Spine; Spinal disease; Cervical spine (diseases and disorders of); Neck pain; Spinal surgery; Microdiscectomy; Minimal access / invasive spinal surgery; Spinal injections; Vertebroplasty; Kyphoplasty

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Anaesthetists worked with

  • Mr James Langdon has worked with Dr Devaraja Acharya at the following hospitals:

    • Spire Harpenden Hospital (5-50)
  • Mr James Langdon has worked with Dr Saravanan Rathinam at the following hospitals:

    • Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)
  • Mr James Langdon has worked with Dr Kannan Sivagnanam at the following hospitals:

    • Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)
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Procedures completed

  • A5293

    Transforaminal epidural (lumbar) - (5-50)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (5-50)

  • A5762

    Medial Branch Block (under x-ray control) - 3 to 4 levels - (5-50)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (5-50)

  • V2540

    Posterior excision of disc prolapse (including microdiscectomy +/- decompression) - lumbar region (1 or 2 levels) - (5-50)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (5-50)

  • A5790

    Sacroiliac joint injection under image guidance (and bilateral) - (5-50)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (5-50)

  • A5752

    Medial Branch Block (under x-ray control) 1 to 2 levels - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • V2560

    Decompression for central spinal stenosis (1 or 2 levels) - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • V3362

    Primary posterior fusion with instrumentation +/- decompression +/- discectomy (including Graft stabilisation and all fusion approaches) (lumbar region) - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • W9030

    Injection(s) +/- aspiration, into joint, cyst, bursa with image guidance - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • V4140

    Removal of posterior spinal implant - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • V5230

    Discogram/diagnostic intervertebral disc injection under x-ray control - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • V2562

    Decompression for central spinal stenosis (3 or more levels) - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • V2950

    Anterior discectomy, decompression and fusion (including bone grafting) - cervical region (1 or 2 levels) - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

  • V2543

    Revision of posterior excision of disc prolapse with undercutting facetectomy +/- decompression (lumbar region) - (1-5)

    Spire Harpenden Hospital (1-5)

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