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John Sutcliffe, MD, MBChB FRCS(SN)

John Sutcliffe, MD, MBChB FRCS(SN)

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon, London

Mr. John Sutcliffe is a Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon and founder of the London Spine Clinic.

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He trained in Edinburgh, Sheffield and London in neurosurgery and focused on spinal surgery from the early 1990’s. Since then he has, as a Consultant, almost twenty years’ experience in managing patients with all types of spinal and related conditions, utilising the multi-disciplinary team approach, which he developed in London.

Particular interests are in the maintenance of function for patients, using the most appropriate up-to-date techniques of spinal arthroplasty. To this end he has performed many operations for disc replacement in the cervical and lumbar spine and more recently facet joint replacement in the lumbar spine. Careful on-going audit of his patients has demonstrated good clinical outcomes in the majority, with a high level of patient satisfaction.

Clinical and research interests in spinal surgery

  • Assessment of patients with low back pain or neck pain
  • Non-surgical and surgical treatment of degenerative spinal conditions
  • Surgical treatment of disc pathology with special emphasis on non-fusion techniques
  • Disc replacement surgery – cervical and lumbar spine
  • Motion preservation and posterior arthroplasty of the lumbar spine

Professional memberships

  • International Neuro-Modulation Society
  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society
  • North of England Neurological Association
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • Chelsea Clinical Society 

Professional activities, presentations and papers on spinal surgery

  • Is intraoperative ultrasound of any value in neurosurgery? - SBNS Salford 1989
  • Untoward effects after stereotactic radiosurgery for AVMs - SBNS Salford 1990
  • Variable Pressure shunts – are they of value? - SBNS Newcastle 1990
  • Cost effectiveness of variable pressure shunts - NENA Sheffield 1990
  • A series of 384 spinal injuries retrieved by HEMS, the value of early definite surgery - Association of Surgeons Meeting London 1996
  • Laparoscopic spinal fusion – video presentation - SBNS Cambridge 1997
  • Training differences between the UK and USA - South Carolina Spine Society - Charleston South Carolina 1998
  • Neurostimulation of functional disorders - HRH Princess Anne & The National, Occupational Therapy Society London 1993
  • A new vertebrectomy cage – preliminary experience - SBNS Sheffield 1997
  • Experiences with a new interbody fusion cage - SASS Durban 2001
  • Anterior column support in the lumbar spine - SASS Durban 2001
  • Anterior lumbar fusions - Austrian Spine Meeting 2003
  • Preliminary experience with Topaz - Weisbaden 2003
  • Multi-level disc replacement - BNRG Queen Square 2005
  • Anterior column support in Lumbar spine - Lindau 2004 & 2005
  • ‘Refuse to fuse I’ – The concept of total disc replacement - Ulm Spine Week 2004 – 2008
  • ‘Refuse to fuse II’ – The concept of posterior dynamic fixation - Ulm Spine Week 2004 – 2008
  • Cervical disc disease – surgical perspective - Hammersmith Spine Course 2006
  • Diagnostic techniques Lumbar spine - Hammersmith Spine Course 2007
  • Lumbar interspinous spacer – The Retain - Eurospine Berlin 2007
  • 3 level total disc replacement - SBNS 2009         
  • 3 level total disc replacement – 2 year follow up - SAS9 2009
  • Disc healing with posterior dynamic stabilization - SAS9  2009
  • Early UK results with total facet joint replacement - SAS 2012

Where can I get private surgery and spinal treatment?

The London Spine Clinic
116 Harley Street
Tel:  +44 207 616 7720
Fax:  +44 207 486 4601

Consultation Times:
Tues 09:30 – 13:00  (Harley Street)
Wed 09:30 – 17:00  (Harley Street)
Thurs:  08:30 – 17:00  (Chelmsford)
Fri: 08:30 – 17:00 (Chelmsford)

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