Mr Scott Rutherford

Mr Scott Rutherford

Brain and Spine Clinic

Neurosurgery 04160724

  • Fee assured
  • Not in Open Referral network
Fee assured
Not in Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Brain tumours
  • Spine


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

Mr Scott Rutherford was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Salford Royal Hospital in 2006. His undergraduate medical training was at the University of Cape Town where he received an MBChB with Honours in 1994. Mr Rutherford then moved to the UK in 1995 to continue his medical training. He completed his basic surgical training in Leeds, followed by neurosurgical training in Leeds and Manchester. He undertook a one year specialist fellowship in skull base surgery in 2005, which provided the skills for him to sub specialise in this area.
Mr Rutherford’s subspecialty interest of skull base surgery principally involves the management of benign tumours occurring at the base of the brain such as vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas) and meningiomas. Management of such potentially complex problems should always involve a multi-disciplinary team, and Mr Rutherford is the lead clinician of the Skull Base Multidisciplinary Team at Salford Royal Hospital.
In addition to the decision-making expertise, treatment of these conditions involves specialised microsurgical techniques to safely reach inaccessible areas of the brain and remove tumours from very sensitive structures. Mr Rutherford has great experience of such surgery, and achieves world-class surgical results.
These microsurgical skills also allow the surgical treatment of other conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm. The surgery entails the separation of blood vessels from the involved nerve, and is usually a cure for the condition.
Mr Rutherford also has a broad general neurosurgical practice. The majority of this practice is degenerative spinal disease, and he treats both cervical and lumbar spinal problems. Surgery is often not indicated for this group of patients, but he can recommend appropriate less invasive treatments. For those undergoing surgery, his surgical outcomes are excellent with very high patient satisfaction rates.
Other neurosurgical conditions that he treats include benign spinal tumours, other benign cranial tumours and hydrocephalus.
Mr Rutherford has numerous publications arising from clinical research that he has carried out. He has also given invited presentations at national and international conferences on a wide variety of neurosurgical topics. As part of leading the skull base unit in Manchester, Mr Rutherford runs an internationally acclaimed sub-specialty training fellowship, which attracts training fellows from across the world.
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Areas of interest

Skull base surgery; Acoustic neuroma; Meningioma; Trigeminal neuralgia; Spinal neurosurgery; Cervical and lumbar disc surgery; Cervical spondylosis; Lumbar spine disorders; Neurofibromatosis type 2

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Procedures completed

  • V2542

    Posterior excision of disc prolapse with undercutting facetectomy +/- decompression - lumbar region (1 or 2 levels) - (1-5)

    Alexandra Hospital (1-5)

  • V2543

    Revision of posterior excision of disc prolapse with undercutting facetectomy +/- decompression (lumbar region) - (1-5)

    Alexandra Hospital (1-5)

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