Spinal Services

The Spinal Team at Princess Royal Hospital consists of Mr Bruce Summers, Spinal Consultant Surgeon, and two specialist Physiotherapists, with support from a full imaging service and an interventional Consultant Radiologist who performs nerve root blocks under CT scan image guidance.

Mr Summers sees and investigates nearly 900 new patients with spinal pain and sciatica each year, and performs spinal decompression operations for acute sciatica and spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine.

Mr Summers works in close liaison with the Spinal Unit at Oswestry for patients requiring surgery for cervical disc lesions, malignancy, infection, trauma and deformity. Most of our patients are treated at Princess Royal Hospital, as only a small percentage of patients with these conditions require or are suitable for surgery. We manage 98% of our patients with mechanical back pain conservatively in a multidisciplinary approach. Mr Summers also advises and refers to pain clinics in the hospital and community for facet joint injections, epidurals and nerve root blocks.

Meet the Team

Spinal Services – Consultants

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Spinal Surgeon 

GMC: 2296045

Telephone: 01952 641 222 Ext 4771

Other Roles: Senior Tutor and Lecturer at the University of Keel Medical School; Outreach spinal clinics in Bridgnorth and Ludlow

Professional Background

Mr Summers qualified from the Middlesex Hospital, London and obtained his FRCS and Orthopaedic Training in London. As the Spinal Surgeon for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals, Mr Summers works in close liaison with the Spinal Unit at Oswestry. Mr Summers is dedicated to further learning and remains active in undergraduate teaching with main interests in communication skills and teaching through the visual arts. He has achieved BA (Hons) in the Humanities, completed a Diploma in Medical Education and has been awarded the Learning and Teaching Excellence Awards from Keele University. He is also a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons.

Clinical Interest/Treatment

All aspects of acute and chronic spinal disorders.
Lumbar Discectomies and Lumbar decompression for acute and chronic sciatica and acute cauda equina.