Endoscopic (keyhole) spinal surgery

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Service detail

Keyhole spinal surgery is a rapidly evolving aspect of minimally invasive surgery. It involves performing complex spinal procedures under direct vision using cutting-edge technology via a small less than 1 cm incision. Like shoulder/ knee endoscopic surgery, it uses high-definition camera/optical system and specialised precision instruments under constant irrigation to perform delicate spinal surgery.

The Walton Centre is one of the a handful of NHS trusts in the country to provide the latest innovations in spinal keyhole surgery.

The service at The Walton Centre started in 2020 with the help of The Walton Centre Charity, and provides better patient care and experience. We have been awarded Centre of Excellence status following dedicated work of the staff members, led by spinal surgeon, Mr Narendra Kumar Rath (Spinal Surgeon) .  

The procedure involves using tissue sparing/minimal trauma principles of minimally invasive surgery to achieve excellent patient outcome and early rehabilitation. The pre-operative preparation is a the same as any other procedure and patients are provided with all the information regarding the procedure during consenting process. During the surgery we aim for opioid free anaesthesia. Post-operatively, the majority of the patients are up and about within an hour as a part of early mobilisation regime and discharged the same day.

Watch Lee and Peter Pemberton's story about having endoscopic spinal surgery to relieve their back pain:

Getting here

The Walton Centre

Spinal Surgery Unit


Lower Lane



L9 7LJ

The Walton Centre - Main Hospital Building

The Walton Centre Main Building

This building hosts many of our in-patient services, including wards and theatres, and some outpatients services.


Lower Lane, Liverpool, L9 7LJ

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Referral information


Mrs Carol Murphy

Tel No: 01515563341


Patient leaflets

Endoscopic spinal surgery

Endoscopic surgery is a surgical solution for spinal disorders caused by wear and tear degeneration

Endoscopic (keyhole) spinal surgery Consultants

Mr Narendra Rath

Mr Narendra Rath was awarded certification in Trauma and Orthopaedics from a specialist training programme in United Kingdom. His initial spinal surgery training was at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and was followed by higher training at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. Mr Rath was granted a Master’s Degree in Trauma Surgery and is academically. He specialises in Endoscopic (Keyhole) Spinal Surgery.

Page last updated: 12 April 2023