Mr Khai Lam

Mr Khai Lam

B Med Sci, BM BS FRCS(Edin) FRCS(Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

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1 specialist

29 years of experience
18 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall

4.93

Bedside Manner

4.92

Explanation

4.92

Top feedback

“Mr Lam performed a lumbar disc discectomy on my lower spine approx. 6 months ago. This was following months of suffering from a painful slipped disc. The results of the surgery have been nothing short of miraculous, I recovered quickly with minimal scarring and no lasting muscle or structural damage due to the minimally invasive keyhole operation. I am looking forward to enjoying a pain free back and resuming activities I thought might not have been possible again a few months ago. My physiotherapists following his treatment have been equally impressed at the results of the surgery and the progress I have made since. He is clearly one of the best in his field. Mr Lam has been absolutely wonderful to deal with throughout. Incredibly consultative, fully presenting every angle of advice (particularly in terms of reasons for and against having surgery) and fully empowering me to make decisions on my treatment whilst taking time to address any questions/concerns in the most factual, non-assumptive way. He also has a very caring and empathetic nature and has been on hand at every stage, swiftly responding to any queries at any point and being available to catch up within any given 24 hour period. His office staff and wider team have also been extremely efficient, knowledgeable and professional throughout. I cannot recommend Mr Lam highly enough, his treatment made a massive difference to my quality of life which had been significantly impacted from this painful condition, and I feel very lucky and fortunate to have been a patient under his care.“
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Subspecialties

  • Paediatric (Pediatric) Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
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Consultation fees

New appointment: £350

Follow-up appointment: £300

Practices worked at

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
1456 reviews

The Portland Hospital

234 Great Portland Street, London, United Kingdom, W1W 5QT
1117 reviews

About

Mr Lam is a senior Consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon with over 25 years experience in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. He helped establish the internationally renowned Spinal Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital London. He is now working full time at the London Bridge Hospital (accredited as a world-class AOSpine Unit in June 2016). He has published and lectured extensively, and is regarded as a pioneer in innovative spinal surgery procedures, especially minimal invasive spine surgery. He continues in both clinical and laboratory research into spinal disorders, and is a reviewer for Spine, European Spine Journals and International Journal of Spine Surgery.

In Nov 2019, Mr Lam performed the first robotic spine surgery in the UK followed by the first robotic scoliosis spine surgery in Europe. He offers his patients a full comprehensive program of conservative treatment, physiotherapy and spinal injections to help treat their spinal disorders. In terms of surgery, he is a key opinion leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical and lumbar disc replacements, paediatric spinal deformities (scoliosis and kyphosis), computer navigated and robotic spine surgery. Over the last 10 years, he regularly performs approximately 300 cases annually of minimally invasive surgeries, i.e. sacro-iliac fusion, TLIF, OLIF, LLIF or XLIF and ALIF. To date, he has performed over 1000 cervical and lumbar disc replacements, and over 1000 anterior lumbar approaches (LLIF, XLIF, OLIF and ALIF). From Mar 2020, he was approved as an Premier Reference Centre for Excelcius GPS Robot Miminally Invasive Spine Surgery.

In 2009, Mr Lam was the first British recipient of the Gold Medal of Honor presented by Mde Chirac of France, on behalf of the Etoile Européenne du Dévouement Civil et Militaire (EEDCM), for his work in the treatment of children with spinal deformities, and ejectee pilots of the Royal Air Force, US Air Force and NATO. In 2016, HM King Kigeli V of Rwanda honoured him with the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Lion for his work in training surgeons across Africa. In 2019, HM King Yuhi VI of Rwanda further honoured him with the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Crested Crane.

Mr Lam's exceptional degree of training along with his plethora of experience ensures that he is now able to supply the highest standards of care and treatment to all his patients.

It is important that HCA is transparent about our relationship with those doctors who provide us with clinical guidance on delivering the best possible care to patients and operating our hospitals safely and efficiently. We set out here some of the ways in which we work together and the amount we pay this doctor for such services.


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Medical procedures

  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical (Neck) Surgery
  • Discectomy
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Minimally Invasive Disc Surgery (Keyhole)
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Steroid Injection
  • Artificial Disc Replacement (Cervical)
  • Complex Revision Spinal Surgery
  • Epidural
  • Facet Joint Replacement
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Back Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Nerve Root Injection
  • Revision Surgery
  • Sciatica Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Decompresson
  • Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Thoracic (Back) Surgery
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Special interests

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis (Spine)
  • Back Pain
  • Coccyx Fracture
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fracture (Broken Bone)
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fractures and Trauma
  • Spine Tumours and Infections
  • Spondylolisthesis & Spondylolysis
  • Sports-Related Spine Injuries
  • Stress Fractures
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
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Education

Education

B Med Sci Jul 1988 - University of Nottingham

BM BS Jul 1990 - University of Nottingham

FRCS (Edinburgh) Jun 1994

Memberships

Royal College of Surgeons

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Reviews

4.92 Overall Patient Trust rating
Overall Experience
Explanation
Bedside Manner
Lower Back Pain
8/75
Spinal fusion
7/75
Artificial Disc Replacement
4/75
Degenerative disc disease
3/75
Cervical (neck) surgery
2/75
Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc
2/75
Cervical (Neck) Surgery
1/75
Discectomy
1/75
Facet Joint Injection
1/75
Leg Pain
1/75
MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan)
1/75
Minimally Invasive Disc Surgery (Keyhole)
1/75
Spinal Fusion
1/75
Steroid Injection
1/75
XLIF
1/75
XLIF Fusion
1/75
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Discectomy Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc Minimally Invasive Disc Surgery (Keyhole)
Mr Lam performed a lumbar disc discectomy on my lower spine approx. 6 months ago. This was following months of suffering from a painful slipped disc. The results of the surgery have been nothing short of miraculous, I recovered quickly with minimal scarring and no lasting muscle or structural damage due to the minimally invasive keyhole operation. I am looking forward to enjoying a pain free back and resuming activities I thought might not have been possible again a few months ago. My physiotherapists following his treatment have been equally impressed at the results of the surgery and the progress I have made since. He is clearly one of the best in his field. Mr Lam has been absolutely wonderful to deal with throughout. Incredibly consultative, fully presenting every angle of advice (particularly in terms of reasons for and against having surgery) and fully empowering me to make decisions on my treatment whilst taking time to address any questions/concerns in the most factual, non-assumptive way. He also has a very caring and empathetic nature and has been on hand at every stage, swiftly responding to any queries at any point and being available to catch up within any given 24 hour period. His office staff and wider team have also been extremely efficient, knowledgeable and professional throughout. I cannot recommend Mr Lam highly enough, his treatment made a massive difference to my quality of life which had been significantly impacted from this painful condition, and I feel very lucky and fortunate to have been a patient under his care.
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Spinal Fusion
Extraordinarily skilful world leading spinal surgeon who takes time to understand you & your spinal conditions. Mr Khai Lam also works with a brilliant surgical theatre team too! All in all a very reassuring safe pair of super skilful hands. Absolutely Brilliant.
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Cervical (Neck) Surgery MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan)
Consultations where always clear and explained well. Surgery was carried out and results have been amazing.
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Lower Back Pain Spinal fusion Artificial Disc Replacement
I was recommended Mr Lam by my GP - from the first zoom call till my 6 month review I cannot recommend Mr Lam more - He was clear and precise with my problem and did not skate around it - He told me what I needed and the costs involved - In hospital he was exemplary both in his great expertise with my operation but in keeping me up to date with delays and exactly what was happening - I was never in the dark re info . My operation has changed my life as I can now move freely after only 6 months from 2 x 4hour operations This man is a genius ! and as an extra a funny and very friendly to me as a patient - I was never nervous as he kept Mme closely informed - This is critical for patients
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(4/5)
Bedside Manner
(4/5)
Patient seen for:
Lower Back Pain Degenerative disc disease Spinal fusion
I found Mr. Lam to be professional and understanding to my problem.
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Lower Back Pain Artificial Disc Replacement Spinal fusion
Following a road traffic accident I had received seven previous surgical interventions which had not delivered a lasting result. I finally approached Mr Khai Lam who proposed a combined approach of both a Fusion L5/S1 and Disc Replacement L4/L5. Clearly more conservative approaches were technically possible however we discussed the risks at length and I took the informed decision to take this 'hybrid' approach. The outcome is a feeling of stability in the spine and complete lack of pain, which I have not experienced in 20 years. My quality of life has improved and I still practice Yoga, however now without pain. I believe Mr Lam to be a highly skilled surgeon who looks for lasting outcomes whilst carefully explaining the risks
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Lower Back Pain Degenerative disc disease XLIF Fusion
Mr Lam has been great throughout the whole process. I first saw Mr Lam back in 2018 after recurred pain from lower spine surgery that was under care of a different consultant in 2016/2017. Mr Lam was very professional and took time to explain everything to me in detail (many times) to make sure I was making informed decisions. It has been quite refreshing to meet a consultant so passionate about what he does and the information he wants to share. Mr Lam took time to visit me on many occasions while I was recovering at the hospital, just to check how I was doing. He and his team have been great to me. Now, nearly 2 months on, the pain I was experiencing has massively reduced to the point that I am actually able to enjoy the everyday.
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Facet Joint Injection Herniated Disc or Slipped Disc Steroid Injection
I have absolute trust in Khai Lam and count him amongst the best medical practitioners I've encountered, regardless of speciality. His self-confidence is infectious. He couples mastery of his field with an immensely reassuring manner, and unlike many practitioners seems to relish his work and the opportunities it offers for technical advancement. He's patient in the face of anxiety, clearly explains every step and never pushes solutions that a patient might not yet be ready to consider. I couldn't offer higher praise.
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Cervical (neck) surgery Artificial Disc Replacement Degenerative disc disease
Excellent communication and respect. Due diligence and careful consideration given pre surgery. Time was offered to digest all available options. No pressure to go ahead. Progressive approach offered, which I ultimately declined, but it was good to know all options available to me. Risks fully outlined. Bedside manner very good (comparatively to other surgeons and on an absolute basis). Efficient and friendly surgical team. Great follow up. Surgery itself was extremely successful, almost perfect, dare I say perfect!
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Overall
(5/5)
Explanation
(5/5)
Bedside Manner
(5/5)
Patient seen for:
Spinal fusion XLIF Lower Back Pain
In my experience Dr Lam is a world class specialist and surgeon. I received XLIF spinal fusion surgery at L2/L3 and I am currently 15 weeks post op today, all my original back pain has been elevated and I am able to return to the gym and high intensity sport with no past back issues whatsoever. Every day and week I continue to make great strides forward and return back to fitness and normality. Dr Lam and his team, provide an extremely caring approach from the initial contact to all the way through the post operative care plan. Dr Lam explains in great detail his thoughts, what the issues are, what can be expected from surgical intervention and what can be expected post op. From my experience of receiving treatment from Dr Lam, I would have no hesitation to recommend Dr Lam and his amazing team to anyone who required his experience and expertise. I can't thank him and his team enough for what they have done for me.
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Other Reviews

Peer recommendations

Recommended by 1 doctor for:
1

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Martin Klinke
Mr Martin Klinke
Orthopaedic Surgery

17-07-2020

Extremely experienced back surgeon whom I know for over 15 years. Highly recommended

For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
For conditions: Lower Back Pain
For procedures: Artificial Disc Replacement
Connection: Is a colleague
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