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Our spine

Our spine, also known as our spinal column, provides the main support for our body. It protects our spinal cord from injury, and allows us to stand upright and move freely. The spine is made up of 33 individual bones, stacked one on top of the other. Strong bones and muscles, flexible ligaments and tendons, and sensitive nerves contribute to a healthy spine. 


We know our spine serves such an important role in our body. Whether it’s for niggling back pain or complex spinal surgery, for over 30 years patients have entrusted the spinal surgeons across our network of hospitals to treat a wide range of spinal conditions that include chronic back pain, sports injuries, deformities and tumours.


Spinal surgery includes everything from surgery at the front of the neck, decompressing the spine, managing sciatica, spinal fusions, spinal infections, spinal traumas to treating spinal tumours.  

Finding the right diagnosis and treatment for your spine

Neck pain

Neck pain can affect people of all ages, from newborn babies to elderly people experiencing ongoing and debilitating problems. Our HCA UK neurosurgeons offer all patients specialist treatment for a range of neck-related conditions.

Back pain

Back pain affects young children, adolescents and adults with different levels of severity, often defined as acute, chronic or neuropathic. Our HCA UK neurosurgeons and paediatric specialists are able to diagnose and treat all back problems, from minor pain to the most severe.

Sciatica

Patients with sciatica will often feel a tingling, burning or shooting pain intheir legs. The pain originates in the sciatic nerve, which runs from your feet down to your hips. At HCA UK we provide a number of treatment and rehabilitation options for people with sciatica. 

Brachialgia

Brachialgia is a pinched nerve in your neck, which as a result can cause severe pain in both your arms, often beginning with a tingling feeling like pins and needles. At HCA UK we not only provide a range of treatment options, but can also help to diagnose brachialgia with our highly advanced diagnostic equipment.

Spinal tumours

Spinal tumours often occur as a result of  tumours elsewhere in the body, such as in the brain or bones, spreading to the spine. If you are diagnosed with either malignant or benign spinal tumours, you will receive the best treatment from our world-class neurosurgeons.

Spina bifida, tethered cord and paediatric spinal surgery

Groundbreaking treatments including spinal implants for serious congenital defects such as spina bifida, are now carried out by specialist paediatric neurosurgeons at The Harley Street Clinic, helping your baby's physical development to progress as healthily as possible. 

Scoliosis

Scoliosis occurs when an abnormal curvature of a person's spine begins to form, normally in the shape of an 'S' or 'C'. It can develop at any age, although it predominantly affects children aged 10 to 15, or in some cases younger. Our specialist Children and Adult's Scoliosis Service delivers expert care to all patients.

Spinal pain management

After firstly identifying the source of your back pain, our multidisciplinary teams of spinal specialists can then decide on the best course of treatment for you. This will include a range of techniques for managing pain, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and injections, as well as more progressive and rehabilitation options such as as physiotherapy. 
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Meet the consultants who specialise in spinal surgery

Our spinal surgeons work within a comprehensive multidisciplinary team which includes specialist consultant radiologists, pain medicine consultants, rehabilitation doctors, spinal consultant anaesthetists, specialist spinal nurses and physiotherapists. 

They are constantly developing new ways to treat lower back pain with everything from spinal injections, to destroying damaged nerves in the spine with radiofrequency all the way through to image guided spinal surgery. They are at the forefront of spinal surgery changing patients’ lives every day.

Radiofrequency treatment for back pain and neck pain

We are using radiofrequency treatment frequently to treat a lot of back pain and neck pain conditions. We can put a probe into your back and send a radiofrequency signal through the probe to destroy damaged nerves, and prevent signals being sent through the spinal cord to your brain, thereby relieving your pain.

CyberKnife® technology

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

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Minimally invasive navigated spinal surgery

Our continued investment in medical technology means that we can offer pioneering minimally invasive treatments to patients with spinal problems. HCA UK neurosurgeons are able to treat conditions such as nerve or disc pain with simple procedures that were previously unavailable.

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ROSA© robot and Visualase™ brain surgery

HCA UK continue to push boundaries, being the first UK healthcare provider to offer patients minimally invasive brain and spinal surgery using the ROSA© robotic and Visualase™ systems.

 

These innovative technologies are available to our leading neurosurgeons at The Harley Street Clinic, and offer precise, MRI-guided assistance during cranial and spinal procedures.

 

London Neurosurgical Partnership

London Neurosurgery Partnership

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

 

With each consultant 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.

Wellington Spinal Unit

The Wellington Hospital Spinal Unit

The Wellington Hospital Spinal Unit combines advanced diagnostics, technology and treatment together with the expertise of leading spinal consultants to deliver the very best spinal care.

 

For over 30 years patients have entrusted our international renowned spinal experts to treat a wide range of spinal conditions from chronic back pain to adult scoliosis, and everything in between including spinal tumours and injuries.

Our spinal hospitals

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.

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • Harley Street Clinic Facility

    London Neurosurgery Partnership

    78 Harley Street

    London

    W1G 7HJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8977
    Reception 020 7034 8709

  • Rehab centre

    Acute Rehabilitation Centre

    The Wellington Hospital North Building

    Circus Road, St John's Wood

    London NW8 6DP

    Call 020 7483 5363

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