Mr Khai Lam, Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon died on 13 December 2021. He was an outstanding pioneer in his field of spinal surgery and was one of the original contributing authors to Total Health. The articles that he contributed remain published here as they are still hugely valuable for patients doing their own research. Khai will be very sadly missed by many patients, colleagues and everyone here at Total Health.
Mr Khai Lam was a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and first qualified in 1990 in Nottingham. He worked at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Spinal Unit.
He had specialist interests in spinal surgery, lumbar and cervical disc degeneration, sciatica, adult and childhood deformities / scoliosis, tumours, infections, fractures, inflammatory disorders injection therapies (facet injections, nerve root blocks, discography) lumbar and cervical.
Mr Lam was active in both clinical and laboratory research into low back pain secondary to lumbar disc degeneration. He was a leader in the field of spinal arthroplasty, minimal invasive spine surgery and belonged to the AO Expert TK Group for atraumatic spinal access surgery. Mr Lam was the first British recipient of the Gold 'La Medaille d'Honneur' from L'Etiole Europeenne du Devouement Civil et Militaire for his work in helping children with serious spinal conditions, treating aircraft ejectee pilots with spinal injuries, and his involvement with developing novel spinal implants and technologies.
Mr Lam was in constant demand on the international training circuit, he published widely and was highly regarded as one of the UK’s pioneers in innovative spinal surgery procedures.