Miss Mary Murphy, Neurosurgeon

Miss Mary Murphy MB BCh BAO FRCS(SN) MD



Areas of expertise

  • Back pain and neck pain
  • Brachialgia
  • Peripheral nerve
  • Neurovascular problems
  • Brain tumours
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cyber knife and gamma knife treatments

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  • by Dr Nigel Kellow, Pain Medicine Specialist

    Mary has successfully operated on a number of my patients. She is an excellent neurosurgeon and I would not hesitate to recommend her to any close friend or family member,

  • by Dr Nigel Kellow, Pain Medicine Specialist

    Mary has successfully operated on a number of my patients. She is an excellent neurosurgeon and I would not hesitate to recommend her to any close friend or family member,

  • Address

  • Highgate Private Hospital, Client Services

    17-19 View Road, Highgate, London, GB, N6 4DJ

  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

    Queen Square, London, GB, WC1N 3BG

  • About Miss Mary Murphy

    GMC number: 4337898

    Year qualified: 1995

    Place of primary qualification: University of Dublin

    Miss Murphy is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Highgate Private Hospital, London. She offers a full range of neurosurgical procedures as well as gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery. She has expertise in general neurosurgery but also specialises in vascular neurosurgery and surgery for brain tumours, hydrocephalus and the degenerative spine. She has a particular interest in the treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, brachialgia, degenerative spine, peripheral nerve, neurovascular problems and cyber knife treatments.

    Miss Murphy qualified in medicine from Trinity College Medical School, Dublin in 1995. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons Council, and a member of the Medical Defence Union (MDU) and Neurosurgical Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons.

    Areas of expertise

    • Spinal conditions
    • Neurovascular problems
    • Brain tumours
    • Hydrocephalus
    • CyberKnife and gamma Knife treatments
    • Neurovascular intervention
    • Neurological oncology
    • Stereotactic procedures
    • Back pain and neck pain
    • Brachialgia
    • Cervical spine surgery
    • Epidural for pain relief
    • Lumbar discectomy / laminectomy
    • Lumbar microdiscectomy
    • Lumbar spinal decompression
    • Minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS)
    • Peripheral nerve
    • General neurosurgery
    • Vascular neurosurgery
    • Degenerate spine surgery
    • Cerebral revascularisation
    • Neurosurgery
    • Sciatica
    • Brain cancer
    • Imaging of brain tumours

    Frequently asked questions

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    The spine patients tend to present with back or neck pain, which sometimes is associated with pain radiating into the arm or the leg. It can be associated with numbness or weakness. That would be the most common spinal presentation.

    From the point of view of the cranial work that I do, the most common presentations would be a totally asymptomatic patient who has discovered that they have an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or an aneurysm as a result of screening or a scan that was done for some totally unrelated reason. It could be somebody who has presented with seizures or with weakness affecting one side of the body or an inability to use a particular part of the body or difficulty with speech. So, there are a variety of different focal signs and symptoms.

    The other common presentation for cranial problems would be headache or headache coupled with nausea and vomiting and sometimes blurred vision.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    I offer a range of injections and surgical procedures for degenerative conditions of the spine. These are mainly in the cervical and lumbar regions. In terms of cranial vascular conditions, I offer surgery. I have very close links with excellent interventional neuroradiologists who I work in tandem with. I can also offer stereotactic radiosurgery in the form of both Gamma Knife and CyberKnife. For brain tumours, I can offer surgery and links to excellent oncology teams. I also do some peripheral nerve surgeries. There, it's mainly surgery and physiotherapy.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    My most intricate area of subspecialist interest is vascular neurosurgery. This comprises a number of different abnormalities, like aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernomas, dural arteriovenous fistulae.

    Although the conditions are all different, they in a similar way. They can prevent with seizure or they can present with a bleed or they can present with problems with function of an arm or a leg.

    The surgery that I need to perform for those is more difficult technically than any of the other surgeries that I would do. I also offer a range of operations for degenerative spine conditions. Every operation is important and every operation can have a bad outcome. There's no such thing as a small operation or a trivial operation. They are all big and they are all important.

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