Vale Healthcare launch new South Wales Spinal Centre

A specialist spinal centre has opened near Cardiff and will become home to some of the UK’s best spinal surgeons

The South Wales Spinal Centre will be offering the services of leading Spinal Surgeons: Mr Paul Rhys Davies, Mr Stuart James, Mr James Cordell Smith and Mr Michael McCarthy, four highly qualified and established Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons, as well as Mr Iqroop Chopra, the only spinal fellowship trained Spinal Neurosurgeon in south Wales.

All five spine specialists are fellowship trained and have advanced spinal surgery technique experience, including spinal cord and nerve decompression, spinal fusion, microsurgery and minimally invasive surgery of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine, as well as artificial disc replacement.

The centre offers people in South Wales a rapid access, one-stop clinic for a multi disciplinary approach to patients suffering from spinal disorders and back pain. The recent acquisition of two new Spinal Surgeons has enabled Vale Healthcare to launch the South Wales Spinal Centre

Speaking about the launch of the South Wales Spinal Centre, Tim Atter, business director at Vale Healthcare, commented: “The launch of the Spinal Centre marks an important step forward in the evolution of Vale Healthcare.

“It is our ambition to become one of the leading spinal units in the UK and with our combination of high profile spinal neurosurgeons and spinal orthopaedic surgeons we are already well on our way to meeting this target.”

Mr Paul Rhys Davies, who is considered to be one of the top ten spinal surgeons in the country, is excited about the possibilities ahead thanks to the newly formed spinal team at Vale Healthcare.

“The launch of the South Wales Spinal Centre offers the other surgeons and I the opportunity to really showcase our abilities and continue our pioneering work and research.

“South Wales already has a reputation as a centre of spinal excellence and it is my intention to fully develop this so we become truly established on the world stage.”

The Orthopaedic surgeons at the South Wales Spinal Centre have particular expertise in dealing with procedures for scoliosis, degenerative conditions and spinal deformities, covering a significant number of common back and neck pain conditions.

In addition to this, Neurosurgeon, Mr Iqroop Chopra performs surgery within the innermost lining of the spinal column. Meaning he can perform surgeries on spinal cord tumors, cysts, spinal cord arteriovenous malformation, tethered spinal cord, spina bifida, nerve root tumors, and other more complicated nerve related surgeries.

To complement the services of the surgeons Vale Healthcare also offers a spinally trained rehabilitation team of physiotherapists and osteopath who work closely with the surgeons in developing the best treatment programmes specific to their condition or symptoms.

The Osteopathy service at Vale Healthcare is led by Garry Trainer D.O. B.Ac, a highly experienced osteopath and acupuncturist who runs weekly clinics at the Vale Hospital.

Garry has 30 years of osteopathy experience specialising in back pain, neck, shoulder and joint pain, sports injuries, sciatica, stress and anxiety.

Clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul McCartney, Emma Thompson, Johnny Depp and he has just returned from New Zealand where he has been treating Coldplay on their world tour.

Garry's unique combination of Osteopathy, Massage and Acupuncture has become a signature treatment.

For more information on the Vale Healthcare South Wales Spinal Centre call 029 2083 6714 or visit


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