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- Spinal tumours
Mr Laing was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon, with an interest in spinal neurosurgery, at Addenbrookes Hospital in 1995. His practice includes both complex spinal neurosurgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery, which can often be performed as a day case. Mr Laing specialises in the treatment of degenerative disease, trauma, tumours and syringomyelia. In 2000 Mr Laing was appointed director of higher neurosurgical training for the Eastern Deanery. In this capacity he was directly involved in neurosurgical training both at local level and at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. In addition Mr Laing has been secretary of the British Cervical Spine Society and worked to establish the British Association of Spine Surgeons where he served on the Executive. In 2009 Mr Laing became Clinical Director of Neurosurgery at Addenbrookes where he has overseen many changes within the Neurosurgical centre and introduced key initiatives including day case spinal surgery. He is now clinical director of Neuroscience. He has recently been elected to serve on the council of the Society of British Neurological surgeons and has been appointed to the Neuroscience clinical commissioning group.
I believe that the most important development in spinal surgery over the last few years has been the introduction of minimally invasive surgical techniques, which significantly shorten recovery time. “I have developed a large minimally invasive spinal practice. I also work as part of a team of experts, collaborating with physiotherapists, sports medicine physicians, neurologists, rheumatologists and pain specialists. I aspire to achieve the highest standards, audit my practice and have published my surgical outcomes in peer-reviewed journals”.
Areas of interest
Spine; Spinal surgery; Lumbar disc prolapse; Cervical disc prolapse; Spinal trauma; Spinal tumours; Syringomyelia; Chiari malformation; Low back pain; Neck pain; Lumbar stenosis; Cervical myelopathy; Cervical radiculopathy
- Annie Bannister
- Dept. of Neurosurgery, Box 166 Addenbrooke's Hospital Hills Road CAMBRIDGE CB2 0QQ
- 01223 416393
- 01223 411223
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Neurosurgeon Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Associate Lecturer Cambridge University Faculty of Medicine
Mr Laing has active scientific research interests including working to establish robust criteria for measuring the effectiveness of surgical treatment of spinal disorders. He believes that a reliable and consistent measurement of patient experience and outcome is a critical factor in driving improvements. He has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed medical journals.
I have 5 children who keep me busy. I play golf and tennis when time allows.
Maratos E, Trivedi R, Richards H, Seeley H,& Laing RJ. Psychological distress does not compromise outcome in spinal surgery. Br J Neurosurg 2012, 26 466-471
Vakharia V Guilfoyle M Laing RJ Prospective study of outcome of foramen magnum decompressions in patients with syrinx and non-syrinx associated Chiari malformations. Br J Neurosurg 2012 26: 7-11
Marcus H, Aldam P, Lennox G, Laing R. Medically unexplained neurological symptoms. J R Soc Med Sh Rep 2010 25; 1-3
Kim M, Guilfoyle MR, Seeley HM, Laing RJ. A modified Roland-Morris disability scale for the assessment of sciatica. Acta Neurochir 2010;152(9):1549-53
Joachim Scholz*, Richard J. Mannion, Daniela E. Hord, Robert S. Griffin, Bhupendra Rawal, Hui Zheng, Daniel Scoffings, Amanda Phillips, Jianli Guo1, Rodney J. C. Laing, Salahadin Abdi, Isabelle Decosterd, Clifford J. Woolf A Novel Tool for the Assessment of Pain: Validation in Low Back Pain. PLoS Med 2009 6(4):1000047.
Guilfoyle M, Seeley H, Laing RJ. The Short Form 36 health survey in spine disease – validation against condition specific measures. Br J of Neurosurg 2009 23;401-405.
Mannion R, Wilby M, Godward S, Lyratsopoulos G, Laing RJ. The Surgical Management of Metastatic Spinal Disease Prospective Assessment and Long Term Follow-Up. Br J Neurosurg 2007 21:593-598
Guilfoyle M, Ganesan D, Seeley HM, Laing RJ. Prospective Study of Outcomes in Lumbar Discectomy. Br J Neurosurg 2007; 21(4):1-7
Foweraker K Burton K, Maynard S, Jena R, Jefferies S, Laing RJ, Burnett N. High dose radiotherapy in the Management of Chordoma of the Skull Base and Cervical Spine. Clinical Oncology 2007 19; 509-516.
Wilby MJ, Seeley HM, Laing RJ. Laminectomy for lumbar canal stenosis; a safe and effective treatment. Br J Neurosurg 2006; 20(6)391-395
Sudhaker N, Laing RJ, Redfern RM. Assessment of fusion after anterior cervical discectomy. Br J Neurosurg 2003; 17(1):54-59
Latimer M, Haden N, Seeley HM, Laing RJ. Measure of outcome in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy treated surgically. Br J Neurosurg 2002; 16(6):545-549
Hollingworth W, Laing RJ, Todd C, Bell M, Antoun N, Arafat Q et al. Self reported health status and magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with low back pain. Eur Spine J 1998; 7(5):369-375.
Hutchinson PJ, Laing RJ, Waran V, Barr E, Hollingworth W. Assessing outcome in lumbar disc surgery using patient completed measures. Br J Neurosurg 2000;14(3):195-199.
- MA MB BChir Cambridge University / London Hospital Medical School 1983
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons 1987
- FRCS (SN) Royal College of Surgeons 1995
- MD Cambridge University 1995
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Council Member Society British Neurological Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- Neurosurgery, 1996
- Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, CB24 9EL
- 13:00 - 19:00
- 01223 266900
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Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Decompression for central spinal stenosis (1 or 2 levels) - (5-50)
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital (5-50)
Posterior excision of disc prolapse (including microdiscectomy +/- decompression) - lumbar region (1 or 2 levels) - (5-50)
Injection into subcutaneous tissue/painful trigger point under local anaesthetic - (1-5)
Revision of decompression for central spinal stenosis - (1-5)
Primary posterior fusion with instrumentation +/- decompression +/- discectomy (including Graft stabilisation and all fusion approaches) (lumbar region) - (1-5)
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