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Mr Arif Gul - Spinal Surgery

Mr Arif Gul is a Spinal surgeon in Hertfordshire, Rivers Hospital specialising in adult and paediatric spinal conditions including degenerative conditions, spinal deformity, trauma, infection and tumours of the spine

Based at: Rivers Hospital | Get directions | Go to hospital website

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Qualification: MBBS, FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

Trauma & Orthopaedics with a special interest in Spinal Surgery

Mr Gul has a specialist interest in adult and paediatric spinal conditions including degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal deformity, trauma, infection and tumours of the spine.

As a spinal surgeon, Mr Gul performs the following procedures: lumbar discectomy, spinal decompression, kyphoplasty, spinal injections, spinal fusion procedures, inter-spinous process spacers, cervical disc replacement and fusion, posterior cervical laminectomy, C1-C2 fusion, spinal fracture stabilisation, tumour surgery, coccygectomy, sacroiliac joint stabilisation, and minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Mr Gul will see patients from Newborn+

Academic background

Mr. Gul   did his higher surgical training in Trauma & Orthopaedics  on the All Wales Higher Training Programme. He developed his surgical skills as a spinal surgeon at registrar level  following which he completed his FRCS (Tr & Orth.) examination.

He then  undertook his first spinal fellowship  at the world renowned Oswestry Spinal unit . Following his CCT in July 2012 he undertook his second spinal fellowship at AO Spine reference centre at University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. The training in Cardiff was under orthopaedic spinal surgeons and neurosurgeons. He gained experience in all aspects of spinal surgery including deformity. This included  techniques of microdiscectomy and microdecompression in the lumbar spine, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and posterior neck surgery, anterior approaches to the thoracolumbar spine, scoliosis, lumbosacral injection techniques, minimally invasive spinal surgery like image guided pedicle screws and XLIF .

Mr Gul was then appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. He is actively involved in developing and expanding and hopes to make Princess Alexandra hospital a regional Spine centre. He is academically oriented and is coauthor of a book on orthopaedic classifications. In addition he has extensively published with more than 25 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. Outside his academic interests he is an outdoor enthusiast and  has also completed a Diploma in Mountain medicine.

Professional Memberships

Royal College of Surgeons 


BASS - British Association of Spinal Surgeons

NHS base

Princess Alexandra Hospital

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