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The Spinal Sessions; Cauda Equina Syndrome – Talk 1: Diagnosis, surgical timing and causation

Outer Temple Chambers hosted a conference on spinal injury, focusing on Cauda Equina Syndrome in June 2022. The first in a series of five talks was by Consultant Neurosurgeon, John Leach, where he covered diagnosis, surgical timing and causation.

Outer Temple Chambers hosted a series of talks and discussions, chaired by Eliot Woolf QC, on spinal injury related topics; The Spinal Sessions, Cauda Equina Syndrome. The webinar was held on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

The first talk of the day was by Consultant Neurosurgeon, John Leach, who covered diagnosis, surgical timing and causation.

John Leach is a Consultant Neurosurgeon with sub-specialty interests in spinal surgery, including tumours. He has a particular expertise in neck conditions including neck and arm pain, disc prolapse, cervical fusion and cervical disc replacement. He commonly performs operations for lumbar disc prolapse and spinal stenosis.

John believes in a multidisciplinary approach to spinal problems. Surgery can often be avoided and, where it is necessary, should be done in the safest and least invasive way possible. The development of navigated spinal surgery and use of intraoperative spinal cord monitoring for spinal decompression surgery are two of the patient safety advances that he has been developing recently in Manchester.

John is committed to surgical education through training fellowships and surgeon instructional courses and to clinical research into spinal disorders. He is the sub-specialty lead of the busiest spinal neurosurgery unit in the UK and Clinical Chair of the North West Regional Spinal Network.

Cauda Equina Syndrome – Diagnosis, surgical timing and causation

Watch the full video of Talk 1 below:

Other speakers included Dr Naveen Kumar (Consultant in Neurorehabilitation), Maggie Sargent and Gill Creighton (Care and Case Management Specialists) of Maggie Sargent & Associates. Outer Temple Chambers’ speakers were Jonathan Hand QC, Daniel Clarke and Tom Gibson.

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Eliot Woolf QC chaired this event. He specialises exclusively in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury (domestic and international). His Clinical Negligence practice is wide ranging, representing both claimants and defendants. His Personal Injury work has a focus on catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, military claims and foreign accident / group illness claims.

He is regularly ranked as a Leading Individual in each of his practice areas in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

To find out more, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)20 7427 4907 or Chris Rowe on +44 (0)20 7427 4911 for a confidential discussion.

Webinars & Recordings 4 Jul, 2022


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