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:
- Back and neck pain
- Lumbar disc prolapse
- Cervical disc prolapse
- Cervical myelopathy
- Spinal trauma
- Spinal tumours
- Spina bifida and hydrocephalus
- 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
Helen Fernandes is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Heath, Spire Heathcare
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