Local clinician recognised for dramatically improving spinal surgery outcomes

Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal SurgeonSean Molloy, at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious 2010 Independent Healthcare Awards for dramatically improving outcomes for spinal patients.

Mr Molloy has been nominated for the Medical Practice Award, which is an award presented to clinicians who have embodied the medical profession through leadership, service, excellence and integrity to promote the advancement in healthcare services. Through his unique dual qualifications as a spinal surgeon and chiropractor, Mr Molloy has been able to make huge advances in two fields of spinal surgery, adolescent spinal deformities (scoliosis) and vertebral compression fractures. Mr Molloy’s treatment has, in many cases, reduced the length of time patients need to spend recovering in hospital and dramatically improved their quality of life.

“Being recognised at the Independent Healthcare Awards for improving medical practices in these fields is a fantastic honour,” said Mr Molloy. “These conditions affect both young and elderly patients alike and can lead to great pain, reduced mobility, social exclusion and in the worst cases paralysis. I feel very fortunate that, through my pioneering work with at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital, my team and I have in many cases been able to transform patient’s lives.”

In patients with vertebral compression fractures, which have resulted as a complication from spinal tumours, Mr Molloy has been able to safely remove tumours and repair and stabilise the spine. The procedure, most common among elderly patients, now only requires an overnight hospital stay, reduces pain, increases mobilisation and significantly improves a patients daily life.

Mr Molloy’s work has led to similar success for adolescent patients with spinal scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, which if left untreated can lead to increased and progressive deformity, early degeneration of joints and breathing difficulties. Perhaps even worse, for young sufferers, it also can result in isolation, bullying and social exclusion at a time when they should be enjoying life most.”

Mr Molloy has undertaken scoliosis operations on nineteen adolescents at The Clementine Churchill Hospital in the last two years at. The procedure restores confidence to these patients and dramatically improves their personal and social outcomes.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Mr Molloy is being honoured for his work with vertebral compression fractures and adolescent spinal deformities,” commented Executive Director of The Clementine Churchill Hospital Jan Hale. “It’s a huge tribute to Sean’s expertise in this area and acknowledges the pioneering work and excellent standards we uphold at the hospital.”

Mr Molloy will be honoured at The Independent Healthcare Awards Gala Dinner, held at The Park Lane Hilton on 14th September. Started in 2005, the awards are designed to celebrate and recognise the work, management and professional skills within the growing independent healthcare sector in the UK.

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