Mr Syed Aftab, Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Syed Aftab MA Cantab, MBChB, FRCS (T&O), MSc

Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon

MA Cantab, MBChB, FRCS (T&O), MSc
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Mr Aftab is a recommended Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Aftab is a recommended Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon

What are the alternatives to anterior access surgery?

What are the alternatives to anterior access surgery?

Do patients feel less pain with anterior access surgery?

Do patients feel less pain with anterior access surgery?

What are the pros and cons of anterior access surgery?

What are the pros and cons of anterior access surgery?

What is the procedure for anterior access surgery?

What is the procedure for anterior access surgery?

Spinal surgery aftercare: How important is it?

Spinal surgery aftercare: How important is it?

Spinal decompression surgery: What are the complications?

Spinal decompression surgery: What are the complications?

What is sciatica?

What is sciatica?

What is a slipped disc?

What is a slipped disc?

Decompression recovery: How long until I can get back to work following surgery?

Decompression recovery: How long until I can get back to work following surgery?

Is decompression surgery effective?

Is decompression surgery effective?

Areas of expertise

  • Intervertebral micro access surgery (iMAS)
  • Minimally invasive spinal instrumentation
  • Complex spine trauma management (including polytrauma)
  • Degenerative spine disorders
  • Spinal trauma
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Recommendations for Mr Aftab

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Recommended by:

  • byMr Sammy Hanna, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Syed is a highly skilled surgeon who has excellent expertise in managing the full spectrum of spinal disorders, both conservatively and surgically. He offers the most advanced and cutting-edge treatments. I know Syed very well having trained together at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and now working closely as consultant colleagues. I regularly refer him patients for a spinal opinion, and they always speak very highly of his bedside manner and decision making ability.

  • byMr Paul Culpan, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Syed is a highly respected and impressively capable spine surgeon and colleague. He combines the very best surgical skills with the ability to communicate with his patients and colleagues to deliver the best of care. I would highly recommended Syed for the full spectrum of spine care.

  • byDr Basil Almahdi, Pain Medicine Specialist

    Mr Syed Aftab is a very good colleague of mine who is an excellent spinal surgeon, and I would go to him if I need any spinal surgery myself.

  • byMr Sammy Hanna, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Syed is a highly skilled surgeon who has excellent expertise in managing the full spectrum of spinal disorders, both conservatively and surgically. He offers the most advanced and cutting-edge treatments. I know Syed very well having trained together at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and now working closely as consultant colleagues. I regularly refer him patients for a spinal opinion, and they always speak very highly of his bedside manner and decision making ability.

  • byMr Paul Culpan, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Syed is a highly respected and impressively capable spine surgeon and colleague. He combines the very best surgical skills with the ability to communicate with his patients and colleagues to deliver the best of care. I would highly recommended Syed for the full spectrum of spine care.

  • byDr Basil Almahdi, Pain Medicine Specialist

    Mr Syed Aftab is a very good colleague of mine who is an excellent spinal surgeon, and I would go to him if I need any spinal surgery myself.

  • Address

    • Telephone or video consultation

      Available for patients, please call to arrange, SW5 0TU

    • Bupa Cromwell Hospital

      164-178 Cromwell Road, London, SW5 0TU

    • BMI The London Independent Hospital

      1 Beaumont Square Stepney Green, London, E1 4NL

    • London Bridge Hospital

      27 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2PR

    • Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth

      60 Grove End Road, London, NW8 9NH

    About Mr Syed Aftab

    GMC number: 6120579

    Year qualified: 2002

    Place of primary qualification: Pembroke College, Cambridge University

    Mr Syed Aftab is a Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal London, Barts Health NHS Trust. His special interests are in minimally invasive surgery, disc pathology, spinal trauma, spinal deformity, spinal infections, spinal tumours, back pain, leg pain, neck pain and arm pain. He is an expert in Intervertebral Micro Access Surgery (iMAS), minimally invasive spinal instrumentation, complex spine trauma management (including polytrauma), and degenerative spine disorders.

    Having completed pre-clinical medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge University in 2002, Mr Aftab went on to Edinburgh University for clinical medicine, obtaining Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 2005. He then underwent higher surgical training in Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery on the prestigious London NE Thames rotation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He also gained a Master of Science from University College London in Trauma and Orthopaedics during his training. He completed his advanced fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Royal London Hospital. To this day, he continues to expand his experience with visitations to global centres of excellence for spinal surgery in Europe and the United States.

    Mr Syed is an active researcher in spinal surgery and has published extensively in a number of peer-reviewed medical journals. He has presented at many reputed national and international conferences in the areas of minimal access spinal surgery, back pain, degenerative spine disorders and minimal access spinal trauma surgery. He is a member of the British Medical Association, British Orthopaedic Association, British Association of Spinal Surgeons and North American Spine Society. As the Clinical Effectiveness Lead for Orthopaedics at the Royal London, he is actively involved in teaching other health professionals. He organizes the ‘Spine Term’ for the Royal London Hospital and Sir Percival Pott Orthopaedic Rotations.

    Areas of expertise

    • Arm pain
    • Adult / paediatric deformity
    • Back pain
    • Complex spine trauma management (including polytrauma)
    • Degenerative spinal surgery
    • Disc pathology
    • Intervertebral micro access surgery (iMAS)
    • Leg pain
    • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
    • Minimally invasive spinal instrumentation
    • Neck pain
    • Spinal trauma
    • Spinal deformity
    • Spinal tumour surgery
    • Spinal infection surgery

    Professional memberships

    British Medical Association (BMA)
    British Orthopaedic Association
    British Association of Spine Surgeons
    North American Spine Society
    General Medical Council

    Articles by Mr Syed Aftab

    Surgeon in focus – Syed Aftab

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  • Mr Sammy Hanna, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mr Hanna is a colleague I have known for a very long time. I have rarely met someone who combines such high amounts of surgical skill, bedside manner and integrity. No hesitation in recommending him.