Neurosurgeons at The London Clinic work in multi-disciplinary teams to carry out biopsies of brain tumours and cysts, and to perform brain surgery to remove benign and malignant tumours that develop within the skull.

Brain surgery at The London Clinic

Primary brain tumours arise within one of the cell types in the brain and are rare, and may be benign (non cancerous).

Secondary brain tumours develop when cancer cells from elsewhere in the body spread to the brain and form a tumour there. This is also called metastatic brain cancer or sometimes secondary brain cancer. This can develop as any cancer becomes advanced, and so is much more common than primary brain cancer.

Our multi-disciplinary teams of neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, oncologists, neurologists, ear, nose and throat surgeons and endocrinologists offer brain surgery to patients who have the following types of brain tumour:

  • Primary malignant brain tumours
  • Benign skull tumours
  • Metastatic brain tumours

Brain surgery for other conditions

Neurosurgeons also perform brain surgery to treat serious and complex conditions other than tumours:

  • Blood vessel surgery:
  • Surgery to treat a brain aneurysm.
  • Removal of an arteriovenous malformation.
  • Repairing the damage caused by a haemorrhagic stroke.
  • Removal of a cavernoma.
  • Treatment for a subarachnoid haemorrhage.
  • Surgery to relieve hydrocephalus.
  • Surgery to treat Chiari malformations.

Advanced brain surgery techniques

The facilities, equipment and neurosurgical expertise at The London Clinic mean that patients having brain surgery have access to the best and most appropriate treatments. These can include several advanced techniques such as:

  • The use of neuronavigation systems: these computer operated systems superimpose 3D images of the patient’s brain obtained by CT scanning or MRI scanning so that the neurosurgeon can navigate more accurately when removing a tumour. This reduces the risk that vital normal brain tissue will be injured during the brain surgery.
  • Operating microscopes and microsurgery.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery with the CyberKnife®
  • Neurophysiological monitoring for brain surgery and spinal surgery.
  • Sonic aspiration: the use of ultrasound at high intensity to disrupt tumour tissue allowing it to be fragmented and removed by suction during brain surgery.
  • Transsphenoidal surgery: the neurosurgeon gains access to a tumour in the brain by going into the brain through the nose and sphenoid bone. This is often done when removing pituitary tumours, as the risk of damaging normal brain tissue is minimised.
  • Endoscopic techniques: neuroendoscopy is a technique that allows minimally invasive brain surgery. The patient has a couple of very small incisions, rather than having to have a piece of skull removed, and recovery times are much faster.