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Helen Fernandes: Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Cambridge

Helen Fernandes
Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Cambridge: Helen Fernandes

A Cambridge-based neurosurgeon offering expert treatment of spinal problems in adults and children, including sciatica, cervical disc prolapse, cervical myelopathy, spinal tumours and spina bifida.

Miss Helen Fernandes is Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge.  She provides private treatment for spinal conditions at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital and Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital.

Areas covered include: Cambridge, Huntingdon, Ely, Newmarket, Bishop's Stortford, Stevenage and Bedford

An experienced spinal surgeon in Cambridge

A highly trained and experienced neurosurgeon, Helen Fernandes took up her consultant post at Addenbrooke's Hospital in 2002, where she sees in excess of 800 outpatients and performs over 250 major operations a year.  With a special interest in adult and paediatric spinal neurosurgery, she is skilled in the treatment of congenital, degenerative, traumatic and neoplastic conditions affecting the spine and spinal cord, and was recognised by the Times Newspaper as one of the Top 50 Surgeons in the UK in 2011, and as one of the Top 100 Children's Doctors in the UK in 2012.  More recently, Helen has been awarded The Greg Wilkins-Barrick Chair visiting international surgeon award by the American Association of Neurosurgeons.

Spinal conditions treated by Miss Helen Fernandes

Helen Fernandes offers treatment and management for a range of spinal conditions, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Back and neck pain
  • Brachialgia
  • Lumbar disc prolapse
  • Cervical disc prolapse
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumours
  • Spina bifida and hydrocephalus
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal infections

Surgical treatment of cervical myelopathy

Over time the bones and tissues in the neck can wear, leading to symptoms such as stiffness, neck pain, headaches and radiating arm pain.  Known as cervical spondylosis, this condition can usually be managed with painkillers, muscle relaxants and other drugs.  In some cases, however, the cervical spondylosis may become so severe that the bony spinal canal becomes narrowed, compressing the spinal nerve, and causing problems such as lack of co-ordination, weakness in the arms and legs and problems with walking.  It is important that symptoms of this type are investigated as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage to the spinal cord.

Helen Fernandes is able to offer expert assessment and treatment for cervical myelopathy and persistent neck pain that has not responded to other treatments.  A number of surgical options are available according to the underlying cause of the nerve damage or pain, including anterior cervical discectomy to remove a piece of slipped disc or bone from an incision at the front of the neck, and cervical laminectomy where compressing pieces of bone are removed through an incision in the back of the neck.  

Expert treatment for spina bifida and hydrocephalus in Cambridge

Skilled in the latest surgical techniques, including neuroendoscopy, Helen Fernandes offers expert management and treatment for children and adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.  She is a medical advisor to the Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Helen Fernandes in the media

Helen Fernandes has appeared in numerous media articles from the BBC, The Times, The Daily Mail and The Guardian that highlight her success in her career as an established Neurosurgeon.

GMC Registration:       3329823         Check this doctor's GMC registration

Date of registration:   14 Aug 1990

Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Helen Fernandes is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Heath, Spire Heathcare

Nuffield admitting rights
Spire admitting rights



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Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QR

Tel: 01223 216 302

Fax: 01223 274 645

Email: helen.fernandes@addenbrookes.nhs.uk


Areas of expertise

Treatments offered

  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Cervical discectomy
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Interspinous spacers
  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • Spinal decompression surgery
  • Spinal tumour surgery
  • Spinal trauma surgery
  • Corrective spinal surgery
  • Surgical treatment of hydrocephalus, including neuroendoscopy

Qualifications and memberships



Professional memberships


Places of work

NHS bases

Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS, Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ

Secretary: Jackie Eden

Tel: 01223 216 302

Fax: 01223 274 645

Appts: 01223 266 990

Website: www.cuh.org.uk


The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust, Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 4ET

Secretary: Annie Bannister

Tel: 01223 416 393

Fax: 01223 411 223

Appts: 01223 416 393

Email: anniebannister@ntlworld.com

Website: www.nhs.uk



Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NHS)
Colney Lane
, Norwich
, NR4 7UY

Secretary: Annie Bannister

Tel: 01223 416 393

Fax: 01223 411 223

Appts: 01223 416 393

Email: anniebannister@ntlworld.com

Website: www.nnuh.nhs.uk


Private practice

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, 30 New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9EL

Secretary: Annie Bannister

Tel:  01223 416 393

Fax: 01223 411 223

Appts: 01223 416 393

Email:  anniebannister@ntlworld.com

Website: www.spirehealthcare.com


Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital
, 4 Trumpington Road
, Cambridge,

Secretary: Annie Bannister

Tel: 01223 416 393

Fax: 01223 411 223

Appts: 01223 416 393

Email: anniebannister@ntlworld.com

Website: www.nuffieldhealth.com