Mr Caspar Aylott was appointed Consultant Spine Surgeon in the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 and was central to the redevelopment of Spinal services in Gloucestershire.
He is uniquely dual qualified in the UK with a degree in both Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Nottingham University 1993) and as a Doctor (Leicester Medical School 1998). He completed higher surgical training in Bristol achieving FRCS Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2008.
He completed Internationally recognised fellowships in Nottingham, Auckland (New Zealand) and Bristol. In 2007 he obtained a Doctorate from Nottingham University studying motion preserving technologies in the spine.
He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of all degenerative conditions of the lumbar and cervical spine (back and neck) specialising in both conservative and surgical treatments. This includes rehabilitation, injections, minimal access surgery, fusion and non-fusion motion preserving techniques.
He has more than 30 publications and lectures regularly in the UK, Europe and Asia on subjects including minimally invasive surgery and spinal biomechanics. He is an invited reviewer for Bone and Joint Journal and member of EuroSpine and the British Association of Spine Surgeons.
Caspar has a busy independent practice with clinics in Cheltenham and London and sees patients from across the UK and abroad. He manages all types of spine problems from neck to lower back including disc herniations, spinal stenosis, back and neck pain, trauma, deformity (spondylolisthesis and scoliosis), and osteoporotic spine fractures.
He believes strongly in the importance of making an accurate diagnosis and communicating this clearly to patients. This enables prognosis and treatment options (conservative and surgical) to be discussed and sensible informed choices, appropriate for the individual.
He believes that spinal surgery is the last resort in all problems of the spine and is happy to act as an advisor to decide which treatment would be best for your back, neck, leg or arm pain.
His qualifications and experience have enabled him to be a European Faculty Trainer for surgeons in several minimal invasive techniques including Balloon Kyphoplasty and Dynamic Stabilisation, teaching roles he especially enjoys.
Ongoing research interests include motion preserving techniques and early rehabilitation patient outcomes following minimal access surgery.
Caspar has three young daughters who keep him on his toes. He is a former Cathedral chorister and an accomplished pianist. He is a competitive racket sports player and enjoys extreme fishing, windsurfing and skiing.
Thesis: ‘The Dynamic Neutralisation System for the Spine (DYNESYS): Acute Biomechanical Effects on the Lumbar Spine’ 2007 British Library.
This was a 3-4 year Doctorate looking at motion preserving technologies in the spine primarily a pedicle based non-fusion technology with reference to other rigid and non-rigid posterior devices. Measurements included intradiscal pressures, range of vertebral motion and discal movement. The thesis is held in the British Library in London for public access.
1998 Basic Surgical Skills, Leicester.
1999 Teaching the Teacher Course, Leicester University.
2000 Advanced Trauma Life Support, Leicester.
2001 Care Critically Ill Surgical Patient, Leicester.
2001 Core Skills in Operative Orthopaedic Surgery, RCS London.
2002 Annual Principles of Fracture Management, Leicester.
2003 British Orthopaedic Research Society, Nottingham University.
2003 Society Back Pain Research Meeting, London.
2003 Statistics Course, Trent Institute for Health Services Research, Nottingham.
2003 6th International Symposium Swiss Spine Institute, Zurich.
2004 British Orthopaedic Research Society, Bristol.
2004 British Spine Society, Nottingham.
2004 Basic Skills in Hand Surgery, RCS London.
2004 South West Sarcoma Meeting, Cheltenham.
2005 Plaster Course, Taunton.
2005 Harvard Pathology Course, Oswestry.
2005 Bristol Zoo Hip Meeting, Bristol.
2005 South West Orthopaedic Club Meeting, Weston Hospital.
2006 Advanced Knee Arthroplasty Course, Basingstoke.
2006 Bristol Zoo Knee Meeting, Bristol.
2006 AO Injured Foot Course, Bristol.
2006 AO Advances in Operative Fracture Management Course, Leeds.
2006 South West Orthopaedic Club Meeting, Gloucester.
2007 AO Spine Forum Meeting, Sheffield.
2007 Basic Science Course, Edinburgh.
2008 Anatomy and Surgical Approaches Course, Oswestry.
2008 Hand Course, Swansea.
2008 New Zealand Spine Society Meeting, Christchurch, South Island.
2008 New Zealand Orthopaedic Assoc Meeting, Hastings, North Island.
2008 Elevating Best Practice in Spine Meeting, Auckland.
2009 Spinal Interbody Meeting, Melbourne, Australia.
2009 Spine Society of Australia Meeting, Brisbane, Australia.
2009 Leadership & Management for Senior Doctors, London.
2009 The Ageing Spine, Barcelona, Spain.
2009 Society Back Pain Research Meeting, Chepstow, UK.
2009 Balloon Kyphoplasty Course, Leiden, Holland.
2010 Cadaveric MIS Course, Munich, Germany.
2010 Anterior approaches, Vienna, Austria.
2010 Lumbar Cadaveric Course, Bordeaux, France.
2010 Summer University Spine, Barcelona, Spain.
2011 Medicolegal Practice, Birmingham, UK
2011 SAS Spine Meeting, Las Vegas, USA
2011 Axialif User Group Meeting, Munich, Germany
2011 Motion Preservation Conference, Florence, Italy
2012 XLIF Cadaveric Lab, New York, USA
2012 British Spine Conference, Newcastle, UK
2012 Spine Week Conference, Amsterdam, Holland
2013 Summer University Spine Faculty (Medtronic), Lisbon
2013 Zimmer Training and Product development, Bordeaux
2013 Stryker Training Faculty, UK
2013 Surgeon to Surgeon visit, lateral approach, Lyon (Medicrea)
2013 ‘Train the Trainer’ course, Selzade, Switzerland
2013 Scientific Committee meeting Intraspine, Ensam Institute, Paris
2014 OLIF course, Frankfurt, Germany
2014 Eurospine meeting, Lyon
2014 Intraspine User group meeting, Nice
2015 OLIF surgery, Dublin, Ireland
2015 Dynesys surgery, Milan, Italy
2015 Ramsay Spine Symposium, UK
2017 Eurospine Meeting, Dublin
2018 Motion preservation course, Lille
2018 Dynamic stabilisation B-Dyn, Bordeaux
2018 Guest Speaker, Intraspine Meeting, Taiwan
2019 Motion preservation course Intraspine, France
2019 Post Montgomery Consenting course, Edinburgh
2019 Intraspine Training cadaveric course, Spain
2019 Advanced communication skills course, Bristol