Dr. Jesús Lafuente
Address: Viladomat 288 Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
About the Doctor
Dr. Jesús Lafuente, MD, FRCSEd, FRCS Glas, PhD, is the head of Neurosurgery service at the Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor in Barcelona, Spain and the Director of the Spine unit at Hospital del Mar.
After completing his medical training at Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Lafuente moved to the UK where he completed his Neurosurgical residency and internships at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen's Square, London, UK as well as spent one year as Spinal Fellow completing his PhD thesis.
Dr. Lafuente has extensive training and experience in all aspects of Neurosurgery in the UK and Spain. He was an International consultant for the Medtronic company for 4 years, to assist and support surgeons with the Bryan disc implantation technique (first effective cervical arthroplasty).
He has conducted more than 45 training courses on Bryan's Cervical Disc Implant in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has authored 19 publications, 7 book chapters, 3 editorial letters and 160 personal presentations and is a current reviewer at the National Spanish Neurosurgical journal, Acta Neurochirurgica, World Neurosurgery and the European spine journal.
Dr. Lafuente's special interests include Skull base neurosurgery, Chiari and Syringomyelia, Spinal deformity, Spinal tumors, Degenerative disease and performing surgeries in developing countries.View Contact Details
Degree: Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, Spain
Residency: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen's Square, London, UK
- Presently Head of neurosurgery service at the Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor in Barcelona, Spain
- Director of the spine unit at Hospital del Mar, Spain
- Current reviewer at National Spanish Neurosurgical journal, Acta Neurochirurgica, World Neurosurgery and the European spine journal
- Member of the “Ethics & Bylaws” committee at the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies for 8 years
- International consultant for the Medtronic company for 4 years, to assist and support surgeons with the Bryan disc implantation technique (first effective cervical arthroplasty)
- Head of Section Functional Unit of Rachis Chairman spine department
- Associated Professor Neurosurgery, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)
- Examiner of EANS part 2 Exam (2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019)
- Faculty at WFNS ( World Federation Neurosurgical societies) Spine section
- AOSpine Europe / Spain Education Neuro Office
- Collaborator at NED Foundation for Education and Training in Developing Countries. Exchange Programe between EANS training and third world country Neurosurgical units.
- EANS Delegate for Spain (Training Committee) International Relations & Spine
- Resident Tutor at Hospital del Mar, Barcelona
- Organizer and Faculty EANS Spine Course Barcelona
- Spine Course Faculty EANS
- 2003 - MARIO BONI PRIZE for best investigation project “Association of Apolipoprotein E4 with spondylosis myelopathy”, Cervical Spine Research Society , Barcelona
- 2002 - Prize to the the best presentation for the British Skull Base Society: Surgical approaches to the posterior fossa: Does craniotomy lead to fewer complications than craniectomy?
- Choroid plexus papillomas of the III ventricle in infants
- Central Pontine Myelolysis, a rare postoperative complication.
- Meningioma recurrence at different site masquerading as a Subdural hematoma.
- High Dependency Units are associated with fewer Cardio-Respiratory complications for surgical patients
- Full recovery following a ruptured spinal arteriovenous malformation confined to the subarachnoid space causing cauda equina syndrome.
- Primary low-grade B-cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue of the dura mimicking the presentation of an acute subdural hematoma. Case report and review of the literature.
- Surgical procedures for posterior fossa tumors in children: does craniotomy lead to fewer complications than craniectomy?
- The natural history of ventriculomegaly and tonsillar herniation in children with posterior fossa tumors--an MRI study.
- Intraventricular migration of a Rickham reservoir: endoscopic retrieval.
- Intracranial aneurysm surgery and its future.
- MRI study of the natural history and risk factors for pseudomeningocele formation following posterior fossa surgery in children
- Ruptured intracranial aneurysms: the outcome of surgical treatment in experienced hands in the period prior to the advent of endovascular coiling.
- Isolated diastasis of cranial sutures: unusual presentation of a blocked shunt in an infant.
- Role of the C2 Articular Branches in Occipital Headache: An Anatomical Study
- Percutaneous coagulation of choroid plexus to unblock the ventricular catheter using the Seldinger technique: preliminary report.
- Biomechanical behavior of an incidentally diagnosed silent corticotroph adenoma
- Giant pseudoaneurysm as a delayed surgical complication in a patient operated on a giant neuroma of the vagus nerve: Case report and management considerations.
- Unusual case of posterior fossa syndrome and bilateral hypertrophic olivary degeneration after surgical removal of a large fourth ventricle ependymoma in an adult.
- Severe Bradycardia after topicaluse of papaverine during a pons cavernoma surgery
- Chiari Malformation Treatment
- Disc Prolapse
- Lumbar Disc Disease Treatment
- Neurology Consultation
- Spinal Disorders
- Chiari Malformation Treatment
- Disc Arthroplasty
- Disc Degeneration
- Endoscopic Surgeries
- Neurosurgery Consultation
- Skull Base Surgery
- Spinal Disorders
- Spinal Tumors
- President of the Catalan Society of Neurosurgery
- World Federation Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)
- European Association Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
- Former President of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (2017-2019)
- Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS)
- Spanish Neurosurgery Society (SENEC)
- Neurosurgery Catalan Society (SCNSR)
- FRCS Edinburgh
- FRCS Glasgow
Organizer of multiple surgical missions from 2009 to 2019 in several African countries: Republic of Mali, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania
Blogs and Articles
Neck pain is among the most common symptoms of cervical spine degeneration in which the neck discs become dry and shrink with age. Studies estimate a prevalence of 60% in people over 40 as compared to 25% in those under 40.