Pioneering Spinal Surgery

in the heart of Nottingham

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Mr Masood Shafafy is an internationally recognised Consultant Spinal Surgeon who specialises in the treatment of complex spinal conditions in both adults and children. Within the NHS he is an established consultant   at the ‘Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery’ at Queens Medical Centre Nottingham – one of the leading centres for spinal research, surgery and training in the world. 

Through his private work in the East Midlands and London’s Harley Street, Mr Shafafy is also able to offer the latest, most advanced and minimally invasive techniques to help those suffering from conditions causing spinal deformities and spinal related pains.

Treatment for children with spinal deformities

Mr Shafafy has a particular interest in treating children with complex spinal deformities and often performs pioneering surgeries that help considerably enhance the quality of his patient’s lives. 

He has worked extensively with adolescents suffering from a condition called ‘scoliosis’, which is where the spine twists or curves leading to a crooked, uneven appearance. Mr Shafafy is continually striving to develop techniques to improve outcomes for these children.

Previous treatments for this illness in the young have involved regular invasive surgeries with a long and painful recovery.  

For NHS patient enquiries please contact Heather Eastgate.

Email:, Telephone: 0115 924 9924 Ext, 61273


To make an enquiry about Mr Shafafy’s private services, please contact Louise Watts. 
Email: or telephone: 07824 166 046.


Alternatively visit and fill out the patient enquiry form. 

Mr Shafafy holds regular private clinics at the locations below:

BMI The Park Hospital
Sherwood Burntstump Country Park
Lodge Close

Ramsay Woodthorpe Hospital
748 Mansfield Road


MAGEC (MAGNetic Expansion Control) is a system that allows for the correction of spinal deformity in young children using minimally invasive techniques that reduce the number of operations, the length of post-operative recovery time alongside pain, scarring and risk of complication in comparison to traditional methods.

The procedure involves inserting metal rods to support the spine that are periodically lengthened at intervals using magnets. This enables the child to continue growing, whilst correcting the spinal deformity. 

Mr Shafafy was amongst the first group of surgeons in the UK and Europe to utilize this technique. 

The father of one of Mr Shafafy’s  first patients who had MAGEC system later said:

“It’s changed his life massively. It means there isn’t intrusive surgery every six months and he does not have the same scars. It makes a massive difference. He’s grown from 4ft 9 to 5ft 3 already since the operation. It’s taking away all that risk of being in operating theatres and being under anaesthetic and having all those procedures.”

13 year old K,  another recent patient of Mr Shafafy wrote the following after her surgery:

“I don’t remember the first couple of days so I can’t describe them, but when I was on the ward it was so painful at first and I do remember getting up for the first time and I felt so weird because I was so much taller. Now at this point in time I feel so much better and I am so glad I had it done it’s made so much of an impact on my life, I look back at photos and wonder how I ever did it. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped me, especially Dr Shafafy he was so good to me and he was the kindest and most thoughtful man I have ever met he changed my life for the better. I am so happy with myself now and I feel so much more confident!”

She also forwarded her pre and post op x-rays which she keeps on her mobile as a testimony of how surgery has changed her life.


Pioneering adult treatments

Mr Shafafy’s deployment of effective cutting-edge surgical techniques also extends to his treatment of adult spinal deformities. Again, he was amongst the first group of spinal surgeons in the UK to use certain minimally invasive approaches such as operating through the flank to help treat patients and improve their recovery and outcome from corrective spinal surgery. 

In the treatment of painful vertebral spinal fractures that usually present as a result of osteoporosis or injury, and also when tumours involve the spine, Mr Shafafy uses advance minimally invasive techniques such as Vertebroplasty, Kyphoplasty and Vertebral body stenting. 

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty is a procedure that is performed through a small puncture in the patient’s skin under local anaesthetic.  This hour long surgery involves injecting acrylic bone cement into the fracture to create a type of internal cast.. Following the procedure the patient is usually free to return home on the same day, and benefits from significant pain reduction and reduced recovery time (as opposed to traditional surgical methods where an open incision is made under general anaesthetic). 

Kyphoplasty is similar to Vertebroplasty in that it is a minimally invasive surgery that again takes around an hour to perform and offers significant pain relief with minimal hospital stays. Again, it is used primarily to treat those suffering from painful spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis. The method involves using x-ray to insert a balloon into the vertebrae which is then gently inflated to elevate the fracture and allow a normal position to be resumed. In doing so, a cavity is created which is then injected with a type of bone ‘cement’ that then stabilises the bone in its new position.

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Relief for common conditions

In addition to playing a prominent role in developing new techniques to improve outcomes for patients with complex spinal conditions, Mr Shafafy also helps those suffering from more common complaints such as disc prolapse, disc degeneration or spinal stenosis. In treating these conditions, he tries to employ less or minimally invasive techniques to control the symptoms such as pain in the back, buttocks or leg,  and sciatica until the natural history of such conditions which is often resolution of symptoms prevail.  In doing so, he utilizes spinal injection and in certain and suitable cases percutaneous laser and radio-frequency treatments. 

Mr Shafafy and the team of 10 multidisciplinary surgeons at the Centre for Spinal Studies at Queens Medical Centre,  Nottingham treat around 12000 out-patient episodes (not requiring surgical treatment) and perform 1200 major spinal surgeries per year. 

Mr Shafafy is often able to identify and recommend alternative treatments and surgical options for those with ongoing spinal issues, and in addition to his NHS commitments sees private patients at a selection of locations across the East Midlands and London.