About brain surgery

For any patient visiting our hospitals to undergo treatment for a brain condition or injury, we fully appreciate you and your family will be going through a particularly difficult time. You can have complete confidence knowing you will be cared for by the very best neurosurgeons and specialist nursing teams in the country.

 

At The Harley Street Clinic, The Wellington Hospital and London Bridge Hospital, we have fully-equipped operating theatres, the largest private intensive care units, out-of-hours imaging, consultant neurosurgeon on-call and dedicated neurosurgical nursing teams and wards to care. Because of this, we are among the very few private hospitals in London who can perform complex brain surgery.

Finding the right diagnosis and treatment for you

Brain tumours

Patients who have a brain tumour can be treated at a number of HCA UK's leading private hospitals, either at The Wellington Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, London Bridge Hospital and The Portland Hospital.

Brain haemorrhage and stroke

Our neurosurgeons have access to the most advanced medical technology, ensuring we deliver world-class treatment and rehabilitation for all of our patients who have experienced a brain haemorrhage or stroke. 

Hydrocephalus, chiari malformation and  syringomyelia

Conditions such as hydrocephalus, chiari malformation and syringomyelia can be serious neurological conditions, often requiring surgical procedures. We provide the full breadth of surgical treatments at The Wellington Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic and London Bridge Hospital.

Headaches and facial pain

Headaches and facial pain can be debilitatating. We can treat patients with cluster headaches, tension and hypertension headaches, exertional headaches, migraine, facial pain, sinus headaches and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Epilepsy surgery

Epilepsy surgery is available to patients for whom medication may have proved ineffective. Our consultant neurosurgeons can carry out the procedure to help prevent or reduce seizures, known as a temporal lobectomy, on both children and adults.

Pain management

Ongoing acute and chronic pain can be incredibly distressing for patients, affecting both their physical and mental well-being. HCA UK's pain management experts offer a wide range of treatments to help ease discomfort, from medications such as nerve blockers to alternative therapies and counselling.

Movement disorders, spasticity and deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a progressive treatment for patients with neurological conditions that affect movement, such as spasticity. Our neurosurgeons use state-of-the-art medical equipment to send electrical impulses to the body, to either stimulate muscles or block otherwise uncontrollable movement. 

Paediatric neurosurgery

We were the first private hospital in the UK to treat children with brain tumours. We also treat children with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, brain haemorrhages and congenital problems through to acute neurological rehabilitation for children with head injuries at The Portland Hospital.

Meet the team of consultants who specialise in brain surgery

At our hospitals, you’ll see a neurosurgeon who subspecialises in exactly what you need. They will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with as many as twenty other senior clinicians. It’s their combined skill and judgement that delivers the best outcomes for patients.


We have more teaching hospital neurosurgeons working in HCA UK than any other private hospital group. Our consultant neurosurgeons choose to work in our hospitals because we have the clinical governance, exceptional levels of safety, multidisciplinary teams, clinical expertise and specialist nursing teams to deliver outstanding care. 

Innovative specialist treatments 

We are one of the few private hospitals in London to have surgically implanted an electrode into the brain to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

 

We have also treated movement disorders such as spasticity with deep brain stimulation. And our treatment for brain tumours includes the latest vaccines, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and also immunotherapy.

Pioneering technology

From highly specialist diagnostic imaging to ultrasonic surgical aspirators, and computer-assisted technology used by our neurosurgeons to navigate within the brain during surgery, we invest in the most cutting-edge technology available.

At The Harley Street Clinic we are pioneering progressive immunotherapy treatment for brain tumours. We remove tumour cells from the patient, make antibodies of that tumour, refine them and put them back into the patient to attack and destroy the tumour cells while protecting the healthy tissue.

CyberKnife® treatment

Our neurosurgeons are continually at the forefront of delivering world-class care and treatment to our patients, at locations such as The London CyberKnife® Centre, part of The Harley Street Clinic. The painless CyberKnife® day treatment uses a robotic-assisted arm to send radiation beams from many different angles, as a result targeting multiple tumours in one treatment. 

Visualase® treatment HCA UK

Visualase® treatment for brain tumours

HCA UK continues to push boundaries, being the first private healthcare provider in London to offer Visualase®, a minimally-invasive brain tumour treatment that requires a small incision and offers faster recovery than open surgery. The MRI-guided treatment is administered by leading neurosurgeons at The Harley Street Clinic. Consultants use the Stealth Autoguide cranial robotic system for this procedure, allowing consultants to administer Visualase® treatment with careful precision and accuracy, while cutting down operating times.

Gamma Knife treatment

The London Gamma Knife Centre at The Wellington Hospital offers progressive, non-invasive treatment to patients with benign and malignant brain tumours, as well as other brain conditions such as vascular disorders, Parkinson's tremor and severe facial pain.

 

This state-of-the-art technology delivers gamma rays to treat tumours in the brain, with unparalleled precision and without the need for surgery. Patients can normally go home the same day, after treatment.

London Neurosurgical Partnership

London Neurosurgery Partnership

HCA UK is incredibly proud to be working so closely with the London Neurosurgery Partnership, a group spinal and cranial neurosurgeons who have come together to deliver world-class neurosurgical treatment.

 

Each consultant is recognised as a super-specialist in their area of expertise. You can rest assured that you, or your family member, will receive the best possible care no matter how serious your condition may be.

Our locations specialising in neurosciences

Each of our hospitals is a centre of excellence in its own right. Specialist procedures are performed in each hospital, from the latest minimally invasive imaging to life-changing brain and spinal surgery.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants in neurology or neurosurgery

020 7079 4344
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