Mr Venkat Iyer is an experienced neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon based in Bristol with 25 years of experience in neurosurgery. He undertakes surgery for brain and spinal conditions. Mr Iyer deals with the full range of intracranial pathology but has a special interest and expertise in the surgery of spinal cord tumours and brain tumours. He is an expert at performing removal of brain tumours in complex locations and uses several adjuncts to carry out surgery such as the use of 5-ALA (a dye that highlights abnormal tissue during surgery), awake craniotomy to map motor and language function, neurophysiological monitoring during surgery for accurate localisation and to prevent damage, and advanced imaging techniques such as functional MRI and tractography as well as the use of intraoperative ultrasound and MRI scan to ensure adequate and safe removal of tumour tissue.
He also specialises in surgery for degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, such as lumbar decompression, lumbar microdiscectomy, lumbar and cervical micro foraminotomy and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
He works very closely with cancer specialists (delivering radiotherapy and chemotherapy) and is part of a team involved in delivering stereotactic radiosurgery (gamma knife) at Bristol to selected brain tumours. All of his approaches are minimally invasive and he aims to achieve maximum symptom relief with minimum discomfort.
Mr Iyer currently chairs the team Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) for brain tumours of the Somerset Wiltshire Avon and Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer network which is part of the Southwest Cancer Alliance.