Robert Lovell

Spinal Surgeon

Orthopaedic surgery

For the past 30 years at Gilmour Piper in Suffolk, we’ve been fortunate enough to have a succession of expert orthopaedic surgeons and spinal specialists working with adults and children. Using our practice in Ipswich as their base, these leading spinal surgeons and specialists have included David Sharp and Douglas Hay; for the past 10 years, it’s been Robert Lovell.

Robert qualified from University College London Medical School in 1998 and undertook his basic surgical training at University College Hospital, St. Mary’s, and The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

Robert specialised in spinal surgery while completing the East Anglian Higher Surgical Training Programme in Trauma and Orthopaedics. Then, after gaining his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, he travelled to Australia for the prestigious year-long AO Spinal fellowship in Brisbane.

In 2010, Robert became a consultant in spinal surgery at The Ipswich Hospital. His practice involves all aspects of spinal surgery including cancer, deformity, infection and trauma, as well as degenerative conditions such as back pain and sciatica. His particular sub-speciality interest is cervical (neck) surgery – he has extensive experience in cervical disc replacement – and the non-operative management of back pain. His growing practice of spinal surgery under regional anaesthesia (just numbing the bottom half of the body, as with a caesarian section) markedly reduces post-operative pain and enhances recovery.

Robert consults privately at Gilmour Piper as part of the multi-disciplinary team and offers a complete spinal service. This involves all aspects of diagnosis and treatment including MRI scans, injections and surgery. He regularly undertakes spinal medico-legal and clinical negligence work and provides operating services privately at both The Suffolk Nuffield Hospital and Ipswich Hospital.

Robert’s actively involved in educating trainee surgeons and other colleagues, lecturing widely and internationally on many aspects of spinal surgery (as well as to patient groups).

Outside of work, he’s a keen musician and happily married with two young daughters.

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