Mr Ishaque is a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon working at BMI The Priory Hospital in Birmingham. He has a specialist interest in Mimimally Invasive Spinal Surgery. He feels that surgery should always be the last resort and his aim is to give his patients the best possible outcome with the least amount of disruption to their lives.
He is one of a handful of Orthopaedic Surgeons to have been awarded both The British Orthopaedic Association Sir Robert Jones Gold Medal and a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
In 1991, Mr Ishaque qualified from Queens' College at the University of Cambridge. He undertook his basic surgical training at St Mary’s Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, where he developed an interest in spinal surgery. He completed two years of specialist spinal training on the prestigious Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Program in Vancouver General Hospital and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Spinal Surgery from the University of British Columbia in Canada in 2008.
His primary focus is on lower back pain caused by degenerative disc disease and degenerative spinal deformity. He also has a more specialised interest in leg pain and back pain caused by a slipped, herniated or prolapsed disc.
Mr Ishaque has a very logical and stepwise approach to the management of spinal conditions which involves the use of targeted spinal injection performed under a light general anaesthetic and X-Ray guidance before considering any form of spinal surgery.
He is a pioneer of X-ray guided percutaneous Laser discectomy which can be performed as a day case procedure under a light general anaesthetic using Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA) and without the need for formal intubation. If surgery is ultimately required he can perform microdiscectomy and lumbar laminectomy to treat resistant slipped, prolapsed and herniated discs, but only as a very last resort.
Mr Ishaque also has a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in Molecular Biology, as his higher postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham. This was focusing on the Genetics of Disc Degeneration.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of England and Edinburgh as well as the British Orthopaedic Association.
Mr Ishaque is a keen teacher at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels lecturing at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University to Medical Students and Nurses completing postgraduate diplomas. Additionally he is a Senior Clinical Examiner at the University of Birmingham.