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Platinum Medical Centre facility

The London Gamma Knife Centre

Platinum Medical Centre facility

Providing you with the ultimate in precision care for brain tumours

Call

020 3214 3500

Platinum Medical Centre

15 - 17 Lodge Road

London NW8 7JA

Payment options available: This facility offers treatments at a fixed price

Some of the conditions we treat

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    Metastases

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    Meningioma

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    Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Trigeminal Neuralgia

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    AVM

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    Pituitary adenoma

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    Parkinson's Tremor

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    Glioblastoma

What is Gamma Knife radiosurgery?

In fact, it is not a “knife” at all. Radiosurgery is a safe, effective and non-invasive procedure using radiation to treat tumours. It can replace conventional surgery combined with radiation, or it can be used in conjunction with it.

Radiation is delivered with precision to the abnormal tissue, within either the head or neck, to tumours, vascular malformations and nerves. With radiosurgery there is very little risk of infection, almost no risk of bleeding and no risk of spinal fluid leakage. As there is no need for invasive surgery, treatment can usually be delivered in a single day with most patients experiencing minimal side effects and returning to their normal activities almost immediately.

The Gamma Knife system was the first ever radiosurgery device and works by damaging the cells so they can no longer grow. It has revolutionised the treatment of certain benign and malignant tumours in and around the brain, replacing the need for surgery in many cases. Unlike conventional radiotherapy, radiosurgery is only directed at the abnormal tissue and so it spares the unnecessary treatment of normal brain tissue nearby.

What is Gamma Knife?

In this video, Mr Ian Sabin explains how Gamma Knife works and what treatments it can be used to treat at The London Gamma Knife Centre.
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Why the Icon?

Although Gamma Knife treatment has been in use for over 30 years, over the years technology has advanced at tremendous speed so that we can now treat brain tumours with unbeaten precision and accuracy. In order to deliver beams of radiation with submillimetre accuracy, the patient’s head must be held securely to avoid inaccuracy due to movement and here the Icon offers more flexibility than earlier machines.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is not an operation – there are no knives or surgery involved...People are usually treated as day cases whereas if they were to be operated on, they’d perhaps be in hospital for around a week.
Ian Sabin

Consultant Neurosurgeon

Expert care

The Gamma Knife can be used to treat a range of brain conditions including benign tumours (vestibular schwannoma, meningioma, pituitary adenoma and other skull base tumours) and malignant  tumours such as metastatic tumours and glioblastomas.  It also treats a range of neurological disorders such as vascular disorders including arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cavernous malformation and dural arteriovenous fistula. Movement disorders such as epilepsy, parkinson’s tremor, OCD and trigeminal neuralgia (severe facial pain) are treated by the Gamma Knife.

Using this new equipment, our multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiologists and physicists can target and treat conditions with higher accuracy than any other system, within 0.5mm, enabling our consultants to deliver a high dose of radiation to the affected areas, reducing the dose to the surrounding healthy brain. The design of the gamma knife also means there is much less radiation delivered to the rest of the body and because it is a minimally invasive procedure there is no risk of bleeding or infection.

The treatment process consists of four steps. First of all you will have a frame/or mask fitting followed by a CT, MRI or angiography. After your diagnostic imaging, you will rest whilst your medical team plans your treatment followed by the treatment itself. You can have treatment in a single day, and after a short recovery time you can return to normal activities almost immediately.

Our treating clinicians

Ian Sabin

Mr Ian Sabin

Consultant Neurosurgeon

Ronald Beaney

Dr Ronald Beaney

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Amen Sibtain

Dr Amen Sibtain

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Makalanda Levansri

Dr Levansri Makalanda

Consultant Neuroradiologist

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Dr John Conibear

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Mr Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos

Consultant Neurosurgeon

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Our location

Platinum Medical Centre

15 - 17 Lodge Road

London NW8 7JA

The London Gamma Knife Centre is based at the Platinum Medical centre which is part of The Wellington Hospital in St Johns Wood.

Contact us

Any questions about gamma knife treatment, or would you like to make an appointment? You can call or email us and we'll be happy to help.

020 3214 3500

Why choose us?

Through our unique partnership between The Wellington Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust, we are now able to offer patients the latest generation of non invasive treatment for brain conditions. Reassuringly the Gamma Knife Icon, is not a knife at all but a precise and accurate way to deliver radiation to even the most complex brain tumours or abnormalities.

This painless treatment, which has many advantages over traditional surgery, does not require a general anaesthetic and involves only a single day outpatient visit. Most patients experience only minimal side effects and return to their normal activities the following day.

As a patient of the centre, you'll benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists, ranging from oncologists to neurosurgeons and radiographers, all working together to make sure you receive the best possible care, tailored to your condition. Our purpose-built centre is located at the Platinum Medical Centre in St Johns Wood, part of The Wellington Hospital. 
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