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Arif Gul

MBBS, FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
Spine Surgeon
+44 01279600282


  • Trauma, Neck Pain, Spondylolisthesis, Arms, Spinal Surgery, Spine Conditions, Lumbar Discectomy, Spinal Injection, Orthopaedics, Stenosis, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, Spinal Decompression, Lumbar Fusion, Cervical Disc Replacement
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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 micro discectomy and micro decompression 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 co-author 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


Clinical interests


Trauma & Orthopaedics with Special interest in Spinal Surgery.


Mr Gul has 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, Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty, spinal injections, Spinal Fusion Procedures (anterior, posterior and combined), Inter-spinous process spacers, Cervical Disc replacement, Anterior Cervical Discectomy/Corporectomy and Fusion (ACDF), Posterior Cervical Laminectomy/Laminoplasty ,C1-C2 Fusion, Spinal Fracture Stabilisation, Tumour Surgery, Coccygectomy , Sacroiliac joint stabilisation, Minimally invasive spinal surgery including percutaneous pedicle screws and extreme lateral interbody fusion.


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