Mr Darren F Lui

Mr Darren F Lui

Mr. Darren F. Lui

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery 07499111

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  • Not in Open Referral network
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Not in Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Spine


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

Mr 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. He deals with the entire breadth of complex spinal problems.
He trained on 3 International Spinal Fellowships.

He has expertise to approach the spine in 360 degrees from anterior and posteriorly. This allows minimally invasive techniques to be optimally used to plan bespoke surgery to the patient.
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 specialist physiotherapists who practice Schroth and SSPE techniques. He utilizes bracing where possible in the growing child.

In paediatric deformity, surgical treatment can include fusion of the spine from posterior and anterior or both. He offers traditional as well as Minimally invasive surgical techniques for the correction of scoliosis. He also has experience with Vertebral Body Tethering, a non fusion technique, for scoliosis. He is part of the first UK group to offer VBT as well as authoring several research projects 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 optimise movement.

He has a special interest in adult scoliosis, failed back syndrome and revision spinal surgery. Patients who have had previous surgery may require very complex revisions. These are the most challenging cases, requiring extensive diagnostic testing, and often multiple revision surgeries but more importantly understands 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 the most common type he sees are metastases of the spine.
He has experience in radical 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.
MIS 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 image surveillance and radiotherapy planning.
He utilises Radiofrequency Ablation for spinal cancers.
He has a subspecialty interest 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, spinal fractures and spinal cord injury. Stabilizing a fractured and painful vertebra, particularly in the context of polytrauma, is important to help patients mobilize early. 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.
He has had an interest in motion preservation spinal surgery with cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgery.
His adult practice 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 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.
Teaching and research are an integral part of constant learning.

Areas of interest

Anterior Surgery
Robotic Surgery
Navigation Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Paediatric Deformity; Kyphosis; Scheuremann's Disease; Spondylolisthesis; Adolscent idiopathic scoliosis; early onset scoliosis; Syndromic and Neuromuscular scoliosis; congenital scoliosis
Treatment: Bracing, Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises e.g. Schroth Technique,
Non Fusion Techniques: Growing Rods, traditional, Magnetic Controlled MAGEC, VEPTR, Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT), Anterior Scoliosis Correction (ASC)

Fusion: Anterior surgery: Selective thoracic fusion (minimally invasive anterior Scoliosis Surgery), selective anterior thoracolumbar fusion.
Posterior surgery; selective thoracic, long construct

Adult Scoliosis; Failed Back Syndrome; Sagittal imbalance of spine; Degenerative scoliosis; de novo scoliosis; revision spinal surgery; complex adult spinal surgery; Multiple previous surgeries; Adult kyphosis; flatback

Back pain Sciatica; Neck & Arm Pain
Spine Cancer; Metastases

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Procedures completed

  • A5745

    Medial branch block injection(s) +/- image guidance (including bilateral) LUMBAR - (5-50)

    London Bridge Hospital (5-50)

  • A5211

    Epidural injection (caudal) - (5-50)

    The Portland Hospital for Women and Children (1-5)

  • T7292

    Trigger point injection/Enthesis - more than 1 injection - (1-5)

    London Bridge Hospital (1-5)

  • A5755

    Nerve Root Block +/- Image Guidance (including Bilateral) LUMBAR - (1-5)

    London Bridge Hospital (1-5)

  • T3910

    Excision of retroperitoneal tumour, +/-ureterolysis - (1-5)

  • V3345

    Mobilisation of the lumbar/thoracic vessels to provide spinal surgical access (by vascular surgeon) as sole procedure - (1-5)

  • A5765

    Neurolytic Root Block (Radiofrequency denervation, Thermocoagulation, Cryotherapy or Phenol, including Rhizolysis) +/- Image Guidance (including Bilateral) LUMBAR - (1-5)

    London Bridge Hospital (1-5)

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