Mr Darren F Lui
Spinal, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon
LRCP & SI, MB, BAO, BCh, MRCS, MCh, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
I am fellowship trained in complex spinal surgery. My practice includes the treatment of simple spinal problems such as back and leg pain (sciatica) as well as neck and arm pain (radiculopathy). I treat the entire breadth of complex spinal problems from deformity, trauma and cancer.
I specialise in adolescent and paediatric deformity surgery, such as scoliosis and kyphosis or Scheuermann’s. I am an expert in surgical and non-surgical management, working closely with specialist physiotherapists using conservative management, such as the Schroth technique. I also utilise bracing where possible in the growing child. I offer traditional as well as minimally invasive surgical techniques for the correction of scoliosis. I also have experience with Vertebral Body Tethering, which is a non-fusion technique to correct scoliosis and I am part of the first UK group to offer VBT. For some children, magnetic growing rods can be used, particularly for young children who have not reached their full growth potential and are too young/small to be fused.
I have a special interest in adult scoliosis, failed back syndrome and revision spinal surgery. One of my sub speciality interests is patients who have had previous surgery and may require very complex revisions. I have a keen interest in spinal oncology and offer the most up to date techniques in spinal cancer surgery. The most common type I see are metastases of the spine. I have expertise in the total excision of spinal tumours (Tomita En Bloc Spondylectomy). I work closely with oncologists to provide minimally invasive solutions where possible to optimise the use of stereotactic radiotherapy (SBRT / Cyberknife ™) for radiosurgery. 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 I have expertise in serious polytrauma, including spinal fractures, as well as spinal cord injury. Stabilising a fractured and painful vertebra, particularly in the context of polytrauma, is important to help patients mobilise early and avoid a cumbersome brace whilst dealing with multiple other injuries. I use the latest technology, including spinal navigation, for minimally invasive percutaneous surgery. My 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.
Spire St Anthony's Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
I have over 100 podium presentations and 25 peer-reviewed publications in his repertoire, and have supervised two Master degrees in Science. I have a keen interest in researching the fields of Trauma and Orthopaedics, as well as spinal surgery and I am involved in multicentre research, NIHR grant projects including WHIST, COPET, ApiFix EOS and MELODY.
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
When I'm not working, I enjoy sailing and skiing.
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