Mr Kanna Gnanalingham: Neurosurgery

Mr Kanna Gnanalingham



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Specialises in

  • Brain tumours
  • Spinal tumours
  • Spine

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Mr Kanna Gnanalingham is a Consultant Neurosurgeon based at the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT). He is also an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester and is available for private consultations at the BMI Alexandra Hospital.

Kanna completed his Neurosurgical training in London. This included specialist training in Complex spinal surgery, Pituitary and Skull base surgery, at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He learned minimally invasive techniques at several centres in the UK and US.

He runs a busy general brain and spinal neurosurgical practice treating conditions such as trauma, tumours and degenerative spinal disease. His sub-speciality interests include pituitary, anterior skull base and complex spine surgery, utilising minimally invasive techniques. He is the lead consultant for Pituitary surgery in Manchester and introduced the endoscopic approach to the region.

With respect to the spine, Mr Gnanalingham has particular interests in degenerative spinal disease, spinal trauma, tumours, spinal arthroplasty and other motion preserving technologies. He has a preference for minimally invasive spinal approaches that reduce post-operative pain and speed up recovery.

In recognition of his expertise, Kanna is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings and conduct workshops for spinal and pituitary disorders. SRFT is a national and international Visitation centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery, with regular visits from surgeons wishing to learn such ‘key hole’ surgical techniques. He offers an international fellowship in minimally invasive and pituitary surgery.

He has a strong interest in clinical and basic science research in Neuroscience, qualified to a doctorate level, with over 100 publications and international presentations.

Areas of interest

Disc prolapse; Back pain; Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar spine; Epidural injections; Spinal decompression, Discectomy; Spine trauma, Complex spinal surgery; Spinal instrumentation; Day case surgery; Disc replacement

Pituitary disorders; Anterior skull base surgery; Chordomas/Chondrosarcomas; Cerebrospinal fluid leak; Proton Beam therapy

Brain tumours; Gliomas; Meningiomas; Cancers; Image guidance; Radiosurgery

Endoscopy; Minimally invasive surgery; Key hole approaches; Hydrocephalus, Shunts; Third ventriculostomy; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Head injury

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Procedures completed

  • A5211

    Epidural injection (caudal) - (5-50)


  • A5210

    Epidural injection (lumbar) - (5-50)


  • A1240

    Creation of ventriculoperitoneal shunt - (5-50)


  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (1-5)


  • A5761

    Facet joint injection (under x-ray control) - 3 to 4 joints - (1-5)


  • AC100

    Local anaesthetic by main operator - (1-5)

  • A5750

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


  • V2950

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


  • 22022

    Recording and reporting on electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG); CTS (Bilateral upper limb only) or peripheral neuropathy - (1-5)


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