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Nitin Patel: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Bristol

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Bristol: Nitin Patel
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Bristol: Nitin Patel
A Bristol-based neurosurgeon with a specialist interest in spinal surgery providing expert surgical and non-surgical management of spinal conditions, including spinal disc herniation (slipped disc), spinal stenosis, cervical spondylopathy and spinal tumours.

Mr Nitin Patel is Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon at Frenchay Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust.  He provides private assessment and treatment of spinal problems at the Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital.

An experienced spinal neurosurgeon in Bristol

Following his specialist neurosurgical training at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, Mr Patel undertook a Fellowship year in neurosurgery in Melbourne Australia.  Appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon at Frenchay Hospital in 2000, he is the clinical lead for spinal surgery and Training Programme Director for the South West, an area covering both Bristol and Plymouth neurosurgical units.

A highly experienced and skilled spinal neurosurgeon, Mr Patel works closely with allied health professionals, including radiologists, pain management specialists and spinal physiotherapists, to offer expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of routine and complex spinal conditions. His emphasis is on conservative treatment, where possible, however where surgical treatment is indicated, Mr Patel is able to offer the all the latest techniques in spinal surgery, including minimally invasive cervical and lumbar disc surgery and cervical disc replacement.

Spinal conditions treated by Mr Nitin Patel

Mr Patel provides assessment and treatment for a wide of spinal conditions, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Brachialgia (pain in the arm and fingers)
  • Herniated disc in the neck or back
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical spondylopathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal tumours

Surgical treatment of sciatica in Bristol

Sciatica is a pain that radiates out from the lower back but is mainly felt in the buttocks and leg, on one or both sides.  The condition is caused when there is irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, usually as a result of a herniated lumbar disc, although less common causes include degenerative narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis), infection or tumour.

Most cases of sciatica respond to conservative treatments such as painkillers, physiotherapy, relaxation techniques and corticosteroid injections, however in cases that fail to respond to these interventions and where the ability to carry out everyday activities is adversely affected, surgical removal of the fragment of herniated disc (lumbar microdiscectomy) may be recommended.

Mr Patel offers lumbar microdiscectomy as a routine and minimally invasive procedure lasting approximately one hour and involving a 2cm incision in the lower back.  Most patients are able to return home within 12 to 24 hours of the operation, and the majority return to normal non-strenuous activities within 2-3 weeks.  Success rates for the procedure are in the region of 90%, and Mr Patel is happy to discuss a patient's suitability for surgery and any complications associated with the technique at consultation.

Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Mr. Nitin Patel is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including  Nuffield Health.

Nuffield admitting rights


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Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, Upper Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JU

Tel (Sheila Reynolds, Private Secretary) : 0117 905 9888

Tel (Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital) 0117 987 2727

Fax: (Sheila Reynolds, Private Secretary)  0117 905 9887

Email: sheila.reynolds@nuffieldhealth.com

Website: www.bristolspineclinic.co.uk


Areas of expertise

Qualifications and memberships


  •  MB, BCh in 1987
  •  FRCS in 1992 Royal College of Surgeons of England   
  •  MSc in 1999 (University of Bristol)
  •  FRCS (SN) in 1999 Royal College of Surgeons of England
  •  CCST in 1999 (Cert. Higher Training Neurosurgery)

Professional memberships

  • British Medical Association

  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) 

  • North American Spine Society

  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons


Places of work

Private practice

Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, Upper Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1JU