Mr Neil Dorward, Neurosurgeon

Mr Neil Dorward BSc MB BS FRCS FRCS(SN) MS

Neurosurgeon

BSc MB BS FRCS FRCS(SN) MS

Areas of expertise

  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Brain tumours

Recommendations for Mr Dorward

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Recommended by:

  • byDr Joanna Hseuh Pei Yong, GP

    Patient and approachable

  • byDr Hadi Manji, Neurologist

    I have known Mr Dorward for 20 years. He is an excellent and thoughtful Neurosurgical opinion especially with respect to pituitary and spinal problems. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

  • byDr Mark Vanderpump, Consultant Endocrinologist

    An excellent and thoughtful Neurosurgeon who is an excellent pituitary surgery opinion who is highly respected by colleagues and patients

  • byProf. Pierre-Marc Bouloux, General Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology

    Neil Dorward is an outstanding surgeon and colleague, with an exceptional judgement and humanity

  • byDr Michael Beckles, Consultant Respiratory & General Physician

    Mr Neil Dorward is a very safe pair of hands and good, sensible opinion.

  • byMr Nicholas Goddard, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Recommended Neurosurgeon

  • byMr Giles Stafford, Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

    Recommended Neurosurgeon

  • byProf. Paul O'Flynn, Consultant ENT Surgeon

    Recommended Neurosurgeon

  • byDr Joanna Hseuh Pei Yong, GP

    Patient and approachable

  • byDr Hadi Manji, Neurologist

    I have known Mr Dorward for 20 years. He is an excellent and thoughtful Neurosurgical opinion especially with respect to pituitary and spinal problems. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

  • byDr Mark Vanderpump, Consultant Endocrinologist

    An excellent and thoughtful Neurosurgeon who is an excellent pituitary surgery opinion who is highly respected by colleagues and patients

  • byProf. Pierre-Marc Bouloux, General Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology

    Neil Dorward is an outstanding surgeon and colleague, with an exceptional judgement and humanity

  • byDr Michael Beckles, Consultant Respiratory & General Physician

    Mr Neil Dorward is a very safe pair of hands and good, sensible opinion.

  • byMr Nicholas Goddard, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Recommended Neurosurgeon

  • byMr Giles Stafford, Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

    Recommended Neurosurgeon

  • byProf. Paul O'Flynn, Consultant ENT Surgeon

    Recommended Neurosurgeon

  • Address

    • The Wellington Hospital

      Wellington Hospital South Bldg, The, 8A Wellington Pl, London, NW8 9LE

    • The Wellington Hospital Elstree

      The Waterfront Business Park, Beaufort House, Elstree Road, Elstree, WD6 3BS

    • Telephone or video consultation

      Virtual

  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

    Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG

  • About Mr Neil Dorward

    GMC number: 3405581

    Year qualified: 1989

    Place of primary qualification: University of London

    Areas of expertise

    • Back pain
    • Brain surgery
    • Brain tumours
    • Cervical disc replacement
    • Cervical discectomy
    • Craniotomy for glioma
    • Endoscopic procedures
    • Endoscopic surgery
    • Endoscopic ventricular surgery
    • Fusion surgery
    • Image-guided neurosurgery
    • Lumbar microdiscectomy
    • Meningioma
    • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
    • Neck pain
    • Neuro spinal
    • Neurological oncology
    • Neurooncology
    • Percutaneous pedicle screw fixation
    • Pituitary region surgery
    • Pituitary surgery
    • Sciatica
    • Scioliosis
    • Spinal decompressions
    • Spinal fixation
    • Spinal surgery
    • Spinal tumours
    • Stereotactic biopsy
    • Ultrasound elastography
    • Ventriculostomy

    Frequently asked questions

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

    There are two different parts of my practice, and so they present with different features. The pituitary patients most often present with deteriorating vision, with a loss of field, a gradual progressive loss of the outer parts of their field of vision, coming in towards the centre and then maybe even losing sight in one of their eyes. This would be the commonest pituitary presentation.

    The other side of my practice is degenerative spinal surgery, and so the majority of those patients present with the symptoms of spinal nerve root compression such as sciatica or spinal cord compression where they have increasing loss of function in hand, fine finger function and unsteadiness of gait.

    Of all the patient groups, the biggest would be the patients presenting with either sciatica or arm pain from nerve compression.

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

    As a surgeon, my treatments are surgical. On the pituitary surgery side of my practice, I do fully endoscopic pituitary surgery. It's a minimal access operation up the nose to remove tumours around the pituitary region.

    In spinal surgery, I offer the full range of decompression operations to relieve pressure on the nerve, disc replacement (particularly cervical disc replacement gives very good results). I do a lot of disc replacement and I'm one of the biggest users of disc replacements by numbers. Then there are the complex spinal fixations that I do for patients with very deteriorated lumbar spine who needs screws and rods and fusion operations.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    My areas of interest are around the central skull based endoscopic surgery, going beyond the pituitary surgery to do more intracranial surgeries which is extended transsphenoidal operating, and complex spine surgery. Central skull base surgery is generally around removing tumours near the skull base that are going up into the third ventricle, pushing up into the brain. These are very difficult to get at with standard surgical techniques. Hence, the endoscopic route provides an excellent corridor to get to them.

  • Professional memberships

    Royal College of Surgeons of England
    General Medical Council

    Articles by Mr Neil Dorward

    Endocrine outcomes in endoscopic pituitary surgery

    Nasally located ectopic ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma (EAPA) causing Nelson's syndrome

    Congenital lumbosacral lipomas

    Extended anterior cervical discectomy without fusion

    Disintegration of cervical intervertebral BOP grafts with neurological sequelae

    A technique to reduce CSF leakage after acoustic neuroma surgery

    Postimaging brain distortion

    Neuronavigation--impact on operating time

    Accuracy of true frameless stereotaxy

    Pre-operative planning and intra-operative guidance in modern neurosurgery

    Precise cannulation of the foramen ovale in trigeminal neuralgia complicating osteogenesis imperfecta with basilar invagination

    Clinical validation of true frameless stereotactic biopsy

    The advantages of frameless stereotactic biopsy over frame-based biopsy

    The hitch stitch: an obsolete neurosurgical technique?

    Adult hydrocoele complicating a lumboperitoneal shunt

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