Mr Darren F. Lui -
Spinal Surgeon
London

Mr Darren F. Lui - Spinal Surgeon London

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Mr Darren F. Lui

FRCS (Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Darren F. Lui is a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon at Wimbledon Clinics.

Darren F. Lui is fellowship trained in complex spinal surgery and works in London, UK. He deals with simple spinal problems such as back and leg pain (sciatica) as well as neck and arm pain (brachalgia/radiculopathy). He also deals with the entire breadth of complex spinal problems from deformity, trauma and cancer.

He trained on 3 International Spinal Fellowships: Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin Ireland; Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital and Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong; Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, London.

He has expertise to approach the spine in 360 degrees from anterior, lateral, oblique and posteriorly. This allows minimally invasive techniques to be optimally used to plan bespoke surgery to the patient’s sagittal & coronal parameters.

He specializes in adolescent & paediatric deformity surgery such as scoliosis and kyphosis/Scheuremann’s Disease.
He is an expert in surgical and non-surgical management. He works closely with some specialist physiotherapists dealing with conservative management such as the Schroth, SEAS and SSPE techniques. He also utilizes bracing where possible in the growing child.

With regards to paediatric deformity, surgical treatment can include fusion of the spine from posterior and anterior or both. He offers traditional as well as novel Minimally invasive surgical techniques for the correction of scoliosis. He also has experience with Vertebral Body Tethering which is a non-fusion technique to correct scoliosis. He is part of the first UK group to offer VBT as well as authoring several research projects demonstrating its efficacy with 5 year follow up.
He has experience with Magnetic Controlled Growth Rods (MAGEC) and worked in Hong Kong where they were first utilised.
He believes in offering surgery which will limit the number of fusion levels and maximise lumbar movement.

He has a special interest in adult scoliosis, failed back syndrome and revision spinal surgery. One of his sub speciality interests are patients who have had previous surgery who may require very complex revisions. These are the most challenging cases, requiring extensive diagnostic testing, and often multiple revision surgeries but more importantly understanding when nothing further should be done. He works closely with his allied healthcare team to provide the correct rehabilitation.

He has a keen interest in spinal oncology and offers the very most up to date techniques in spinal cancer surgery. The most common type he sees are metastases of the spine.
He has experience in total excision of spinal tumours (Tomita En Bloc Spondylectomy). He works closely with the oncologists to provide minimally invasive solutions where possible to optimize the use of stereotactic radiotherapy (SBRT / Cyberknife ™) for Separation Surgery.
Minimally invasive Separation surgery for Oligometastatic disease for maximum local control can improve prognosis over simple palliative procedures. He has expertise in using Carbon Fibre instrumentation to allow your Oncologist optimal imaging surveillance and radiotherapy planning which are superior to titanium implants in this regard.

He often utilises Radiofrequency Ablation for spinal cancers in conjunction with balloon or mechanical kyphoplasty techniques.

One area of tumour expertise is in Multiple Myeloma. Instrumentation of the spine should be avoided as best as possible and cement techniques and careful use of bracing can help avoid major surgery.

As a surgeon at a Level 1 Trauma Centre he has expertise in severe polytrauma, including spinal fractures, as well as spinal cord injury. Stabilizing a fractured and painful vertebra, particularly in the context of polytrauma, is important to help patients mobilize early and avoid a cumbersome brace whilst dealing with multiple other injuries. He uses the latest technology including spinal navigation for minimally invasive percutaneous surgery.

He has been trained in Robotic Spinal Surgery on the Excelsius Robot utilised at London Bridge Hospital for placement of pedicle screws.

Recently he has had an interest in motion preservation spinal surgery with cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgery

His adult practice also incorporates those with back pain or neck pain which can be associated with radicular arm or leg pain. Many of these cases are amenable to minimally invasive or microscopic spinal surgery.

He is very interested in Medical Research and Teaching.  He has a large research team at St. George’s Hospital and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer.  He has a Masters Degree in Surgery and supervised 4 other Masters Degrees in Science and Surgery

He has 40 Peer Reviewed Publications, authored 167 podium publications and authored 46 posters.  He reviews for several peer reviewed journals and has several invited lectures and prizes.

Research and teaching are the essence of constant further learning.

He is a Fellow of The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)

He is a member of the British Scoliosis Society (BSS), British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS), SICOT,

 

WHAT ARE YOUR SYMPTOMS?

Back & Neck

Back or neck injuries can affect you at any age, sometimes causing you severe pain and impacting everyday life.

They can often prevent you from carrying out physical work or participating in sports.

We can provide you with a full range of services to diagnose and treat back or neck injuries. You may be suffering back or neck pain as a result of an injury from heavy lifting, some sports or even your posture. If so, you should have an initial consultation, where one of our team will make an assessment and determine what treatment you require.

Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle injuries can be common, and include minor to more acute conditions.

You may experience these problems through participating in sport or leisure activities, or suffer from a long-term condition.

Foot and ankle pain can have a significant impact on your everyday life and mobility.

We provide you with a full range of services to diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems.

You may be experiencing pain or discomfort if you have suffered a foot or ankle injury. If so, you should have an initial consultation, where one of our team will assess your condition to determine what treatment you require.

Hip & Groin

You can suffer the pain and restriction of hip or groin injuries at any age, and regardless of whether your lifestyle includes participation in sport.

We provide you with a full range of services to diagnose and treat hip problems.

If you have suffered a groin injury, our expert multi-disciplinary approach gives you a prompt diagnosis, and a progressive treatment plan.

You may have suffered a groin injury, or have an ongoing problem that has not resolved, and are now experiencing pain or discomfort. If so, you should have an initial consultation, where one of our sports physicians will assess your condition together with a consultant physiotherapist to determine what treatment you require.

Knee

Knee injuries, pain and arthritis can have a significant effect on your everyday life, hindering anyone involved in physical work or participating in sports, and sometimes restricting mobility.

We provide you with a full range of services to diagnose and treat knee injuries and other knee conditions to restore your confidence and active life.

You may have suffered a knee injury, or have a longer-term or arthritic condition, and are experiencing pain or discomfort. If so, you should have an initial consultation, where one of our team will make an assessment and determine what treatment – if any – you require.

Shoulder

A shoulder injury can have a significant effect on your everyday life, not to mention how it can hinder anyone involved in physical work or participating in sports.

We provide you with a full range of services to diagnose and treat upper limb conditions and injuries to help restore activity and confidence.

You may have suffered a shoulder injury and are now experiencing pain or discomfort. If so, you should have an initial consultation, where one of our team will make an assessment and determine what treatment – if any – you require.

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