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Rajiv Bajekal, MD

Lifestyle Medicine

Dr Rajiv Bajekal, (FRCS Ortho., MCh Orth., IBLM) is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon practicing in London with over thirty-five years of experience in orthopedics and spinal surgery. Dr. Bajekal holds the prestigious FRCS designation as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, which recognizes he has passed a rigorous evaluation based on his extensive education, training, professional qualifications and surgical competence, all meeting the highest standards in his field. His MCh designation for Orthopaedics is reserved for surgeons achieving years of extensive, intensive advanced studies. As an advocate of beneficial lifestyle and nutritional choices, Dr. Bajekal is also a member of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM).

Dr. Bajekal is a senior examiner for the FRCS Trauma and Orthopaedics Examination and lectures both nationally and internationally for general practitioners. He is also part of Total Orthopaedics, a London-based group, where he provides high-quality, patient-focused care, specializing in non-surgical treatment options.

Dr. Bajekal’s surgical practice focuses on the lumbar spine with an emphasis in managing sciatica, lower back pain, spinal stenosis, osteoporotic fractures, and infections. He is particularly invested in finding simple, and often non-surgical, solutions for patients in severe pain, and practices lifestyle medicine to look at problems more holistically rather than simply isolating the presenting problem.

As a Board-Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, who has personally experienced the healing benefits of a whole food plant-based diet, Dr. Bajekal has become a passionate advocate for lifestyle medicine with his patients. He has written a module and lectured for the UK’s first plant-based nutrition course on bone health and osteoporosis conducted by the University of Winchester. He has also cowritten a chapter in an academic text on bone health for health professionals titled Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice. He is passionate about teaching and lecturing, often making difficult areas of spinal surgery easy to understand.



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