Mr. Rafid Al-Mahfoudh is an extensively trained Neurosurgeon, experienced in treating the full spectrum of spinal disorders, pituitary tumours and endoscopic neurosurgical techniques.

He has specialist interest in minimally invasive spine techniques, degenerative spine disorders, spinal and brain tumours, neurosurgical treatment of pain, hydrocephalus and pituitary adenomas.


Minimally Invasive Spine Expert

Advances in surgical techniques, diagnostic imaging and instrumentation have allowed spine surgeons or neurosurgeons to treat certain spine conditions through smaller incisions and with less traumatic approaches compared to traditional spinal surgical procedures. There are numerous benefits for the patients with minimally invasive spine surgery. Mr Al-Mahfoudh is skilled in these techniques utilizing both the microscope and endoscope to ensure the best results through the smallest possible incision.

Spine and Brain Tumours

Mr Al-Mahfoudh has a wealth of experience in treating these tumours. Treatment options for brain and spinal tumours are determined by their location, behavior, and cell type. When treatment is indicated, surgery is usually used to treat brain and spinal cord tumours. The type of surgery you have depends mainly on the location and size of the tumour. Mr Al-Mahfoudh is experienced at performing a craniotomy for the treatment of brain tumours including meningiomas and brain metastases. In addition to the full spectrum of techniques required for treatment of all spinal tumours.

Pituitary Tumors

Mr Al-Mahfoudh is the Pituitary lead at his NHS trust and developed the endoscopic nasal service to treat these tumours at his trust.This is a minimally invasive technique, called endoscopic endonasal surgery, using a small incision at the back of the nasal cavity with little disruption of the nasal tissues. A tiny camera and light called an endoscope is used.

Pain Treatment

Mr Al-Mahfoudh has trained extensively in the management of Neurosurgical pain conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia and chronic spine pain conditions. This included training in the Walton Centre which is internationally
renowned in this field.

He has an interest in developing a spine cord stimulation and tertiary pain service in the region. His neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine training ideally place him to identify pain generators which maybe amenable to surgery if necessary prior to considering techniques aimed at pain management.

…improve, how? He is the most amazing doctor. He is kind, caring, professional in every way you will always feel at ease with him. Before surgery he talks to you in a very caring manner and post surgery he visits you on the ward. What can I say I was terrified but I needn’t have been. I work in a hospital but he is the best doctor I have come across.

Written by a patient at Royal Sussex County Hospital

What can I say this man gave me back my life when I thought I would hardly be able to walk again , the future was looking very bleak . Everything was explain to me in a clear and friendly manor as having surgery to decompress L4/L5 can have its complications .This wonderful man even can in to perform the surgery over Easter and I will be ever thankful to him and all the staff at Brighton who were very supportive and caring . Now I can walk and move around with no pain as normal which is something I never expected to be able to do again ,also very happy to report all other things are working again as normal, nudge nudge wink wink ,which is wonderful for me and my partner 1 Thank You so much Mr Rafid Al-Mahfoudh

Written by a patient at Royal Sussex County Hospital

I was admitted into Sussex County after breaking my neck. I was under the care of Mr. Al-Mahfoudh. He explained what I had done and that the break was unstable. He put me totally at ease with the situation by the way he spoke to me and with his jovial manner talking to me like he had known me for a long time and explaining the operation he would have to do for me. he gave me the feeling that he had all the time in the world for me and was not in a rush to get to his next patient even though i am sure he was very busy. I cannot praise this man enough and will always be so grateful to him for repairing my neck successfully as without his care and compassion I could have been paralysed. Thank you once again Mr. Al-Mahfoudh

Written by a patient at Royal Sussex County Hospital

I was admitted into the Sussex County Hospital after breaking my neck in a fall. I was under the care of Mr Al-Mahfoudh. He was very professional and made me feel at ease and totally confident in him. He came and explained the operation I needed to have because the break was unstable. He spoke to me as if he had known me a long time and not just being a surgeon doing his job and he was very jovial which all helped to relax me. I cannot thank this man enough for what he did for me as without his expertise I could have ended up paralysed . Thank you Mr. Mahfoudh I am eternally grateful to you. K. Martin

Written by a patient at Royal Sussex County Hospital

I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has helped me through my two surgery s to remove a pituitary tumour .Dr Till my endocrinologist at Eastbourne the specialist nurse s maria sara fran and everyone else that have.beer just fantastic. And to my surgery where I feel honoured to have been treated by Mr Rafid AL Mahfourdh and mr John Norris .you both put me at ease through this most testing time and it has been a pleasure to meet you both .carry on your incredible work .Mr T Everitt

Written by a patient at Royal Sussex County Hospital

Research and Publications

Mr Al-Mahfoudh is active academically with many published articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has completed an MSc in Surgical Science and Practice from Oxford University. He is also a peer reviewer for many scientific journals.

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