How we innovate

Over our 90 years, we've had a number of firsts. We're proud of the fact that we're at the leading-edge of care, looking for the next innovation to provide ever better outcomes for our patients.

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Our status as a charity means we can continually invest in the latest medical innovations, surgical techniques, and AI (artificial intelligence) that enable us to offer advanced personalised patient care.

This has made us amongst the first in London, or the UK, to make many of these pioneering treatments and innovations available. Here are just some examples.

Specialists in robotic surgery

We are a leading centre for robotic surgical techniques.

This technology allows our expert surgeons to perform intricate and complex procedures with fine attention to detail, which means fewer side effects and speedier recovery times. 

Robotic techniques at The London Clinic include:

The da Vinci ® Surgical System a safer surgical system compared to open surgery for many procedures including prostate cancer.

ClinicSafe is a technique developed by The London Clinic urologists, radiologists, and pathologists.

With ClinicSafe we can avoid removing the nerves that surround prostate robotic radical prostatectomy, as long as they are cancer-free. By keeping the nerves in place, this results in better control of the bladder and erections post-surgery.

Proximie augmented reality technology connects to the internet to display a live camera feed.

This means a surgeon can take part in surgery with our team from anywhere in the world! Proximie enables patients all over the world to access leading consultants in prostate cancer and other fields of medicine.

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NAVIO® is a revolutionary way to approach partial and full knee replacements, minimising the amount of bone removed and reducing post-surgery recovery time.

Intelligent diagnostics

Our use of advanced equipment helps us to investigate and diagnose a wide range of conditions, quickly and accurately. These include:

3T MRI scanner for cancer care and imaging

Our patients can access advanced diagnostic scanning via our state-of-the-art Siemens MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI scanner. The 3T MRI scanner helps get a closer look at your body, in finer detail than ever before, for a more accurate diagnosis.

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GI Genius for colorectal cancer

GI Genius is a device that enhances the quality of colonoscopies through artificial intelligence (AI).

With GI Genius, consultants at our Endoscopy Unit are well-equipped to detect colorectal cancer early and provide treatment that can save lives.

 

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SpyGlass DS system technology in endoscopy

SpyGlass® DS system technology now makes it easier to look inside the gallbladder, the biliary tree and pancreas for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

It helps us treat gallbladder stones in patients without the need for surgery.

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The latest cancer treatments

At The London Clinic, we specialise in treating all cancer types and ensure patients can access the latest ways of treating cancer. These range from innovative radiotherapy techniques for early cancer, to ground-breaking treatments for advanced cancer. Here are some examples:

CAR-T immunotherapy is a type of cell therapy that helps treat patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a type of cancer.

Cells from the immune system are collected from a patient and customised to kill cancer cells.

These cells are then given back to the patient to treat their cancer.

CAR-T immunotherapy therapy can offer hope for people who have no other cancer treatment options.

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Lutetium-177 PSMA therapy is an innovative molecular therapy used to treat advanced prostate cancer, also known as metastatic prostate cancer.

Once in your body, the medication seeks out tumour cells and binds to them.

This delivers a high dose of radiation precisely to the cancer to destroy the cells.

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Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), a type of low-radiation therapy that can be delivered during surgery.

It uses the Carl Zeiss Intrabeam system to deliver low-level radiotherapy directly to the area.

A physical shield is used to protect nearby organs from radiation damage, so recovery is faster after IORT treatment compared to external radiotherapy.

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Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) can be used to target primary liver cancer or cancer that has spread to the liver from another part of the body.

This minimises damage to healthy parts of the body while effectively treating cancer.

For patients with prostate cancer, SpaceOAR® is designed to protect the rectum from damage during radiotherapy, and reduce recovery time.

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Continued investment in innovation

At The London Clinic we operate as a charity. We reinvest our financial surplus to new medical treatments and techniques that will improve the care of our patients, which means we can stay at the forefront of innovation. 

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Advanced surgery techniques

We use advanced, minimally-invasive techniques to perform complex surgeries in our state-of-the-art operating theatres. These include:

3D printing for personalised hip replacements

By using 3D printing technology, we can provide made-to-measure artificial joints that are surgical-grade and ideal for hip replacements.

Advanced imaging techniques capture the shape of a patient’s hip joint and its exact measurements. Computer software can then use this information to 3D print a replica of the hip joint, which is then used as a reference to position the new joint correctly during surgery.

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Hybrid operating theatre for vascular and endovascular surgery

Our hybrid operating theatre for vascular and endovascular surgery contains X-ray and ultrasound imaging equipment normally only available in a radiology department.

With this technology at hand, we can perform more intricate surgeries with greater accuracy, such as vascular surgery that involves fine blood vessels.

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Pioneering clinical research

Our Clinical Research Centre team is continually reviewing new ways to improve patient lives.

Joining a trial can often benefit patients, particularly those that have limited treatment options.

We offer clinical trials for patients in our renal (kidney), respiratory (lung) and orthopaedics (bones, joints and muscles) departments at the hospital.

We have also piloted OneDose ReadyfusOR™ by Cipla for post-operative pain management in patients undergoing intra-abdominal surgery (laparotomy).

As part of our clinical research centre, The London Clinic is a bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell collection and a harvesting centre for the Anthony Nolan Charity.

We have a JACIE accreditation in recognition of our high-quality standards in stem cell work.

Established in 1985, our stem cell transplant unit has become one of the largest stem cell collection centres in Europe.

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