Mr Ian Sabin, Neurosurgeon

Mr Ian Sabin BMSc(Hons), MB ChB, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ed)

Neurosurgeon

BMSc(Hons), MB ChB, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ed)
MrIan Sabin,Neurosurgeon

Mr Sabin is a recommended Neurosurgeon

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Brain Tumour Treatment

Areas of expertise

  • Skull base surgery
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Gamma knife radiosurgery
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery

Recommendations for Mr Sabin

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Recommended by:

  • byMr Andrew Goldberg, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mr Ian Sabin is an internationally renowned expert and well liked by his patients.

  • byMr Paul Stimpson, ENT, Head & Neck Surgeon

    A very experienced Neurosurgeon.

  • by Dr Paul Jarman, Neurologist

    Ian Sabin is an excellent neurosurgeon. He is highly experienced across a wide range of areas within neurosurgery and he is also approachable and caring. In addition he is an expert in gamma knife stereotactic surgery.I trust and respect him as a valued colleague

  • byMr Andrew Goldberg, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mr Ian Sabin is an internationally renowned expert and well liked by his patients.

  • byMr Paul Stimpson, ENT, Head & Neck Surgeon

    A very experienced Neurosurgeon.

  • by Dr Paul Jarman, Neurologist

    Ian Sabin is an excellent neurosurgeon. He is highly experienced across a wide range of areas within neurosurgery and he is also approachable and caring. In addition he is an expert in gamma knife stereotactic surgery.I trust and respect him as a valued colleague

  • Address

  • The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place, London, GB, NW8 9LE

  • The London Gamma Knife Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road, London, GB, NW8 7JA

  • Platinum Medical Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road, London, GB, NW8 7JA

  • Barts Health NHS Trust

    Trust headquarters, Executive Offices, Ground Floor, Pathology and Pharmacy Building, London, Greater London, GB, E1 2ES

  • About Mr Ian Sabin

    GMC number: 2553225

    Year qualified: 1981

    Place of primary qualification: University of Dundee

    Mr Ian Sabin has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal London NHS Trust and at The Wellington Hospital since 1992. His clinical interests include skull base surgery (acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumours, and trigeminal neuralgia), neuro-oncology, cervical spine surgery and gamma knife radiosurgery. He also holds a research interest in endoscopic minimally-invasive neurosurgery.

    Mr Sabin undertook his neurosurgical training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He was subsequently appointed to a consultant post in neurosurgery at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1992 and developed an interest in skull base surgery, neuro-oncology and cervical spine surgery. He subsequently trained in radiosurgery.

    Mr Sabin is a Neurosurgical Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a Member of the Medical Advisory Committee, Harley Street Clinic. He is a former member of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Neurosurgery, and past member of the Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is an international member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society.

    Areas of expertise

    • Gamma knife radiosurgery (including acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, cerebral secondary deposits, vascular malformations, trigeminal neuralgia)
    • Skull base surgery (including acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, glomus tumours, pituitary tumours, trigeminal neuralgia)
    • Neuro-oncology (including cerebral secondary tumours, primary brain tumours, gliomas)
    • Cervical spine surgery (including disc protrusion, brachialgia, nerve root entrapment, spinal cord, compression, cervical spondylosis, neck pain)
    • Lumbar spine surgery (including disc protrusion, sciatica, spinal stenosis, back pain, leg pain)
    • Minimally invasive spinal surgery

    Frequently asked questions

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    The symptoms vary quite a bit because intracranial tumours present in a number of different ways. The most common symptoms would be hearing loss, headaches, dizziness, problems with higher mental and executive function, among many different types of symptoms depending on where the lesions are in the brain.

    In terms of my spinal practice, it tends to be neck pain, arm pain, back pain, leg pain, among others.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    I do a full range of intracranial neurosurgery, removing tumours surgically, but I also offer radiosurgical treatments with a gamma knife. A lot of the tumours we used to operate on are now treated with radiosurgery instead which is a highly targeted form of radiotherapy, normally undertaken in just one day of treatment as a day case.

    For the spinal procedures, I can offer surgery when needed, but most of the time we don’t need to operate. I can advise on physiotherapy. I can advise on pain relief procedures that stop short of surgery.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    My subspecialist interests are neurooncology, the full range of intracranial tumours and pituitary surgery. I introduced endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery to the UK about 20 years ago which is now universally adopted. I offer treatment for trigeminal neuralgia using endoscopes which is becoming more common but wasn't when I started. I offer radiation treatment. I'm the medical director for the gamma knife unit and we treat a variety of conditions with radiation now.

    With the spinal operations, I offer any surgery in the neck, cervical spine, discectomies, fusions, decompressions of nerves, among others. In the lumbar spine, I do minimally invasive surgeries for lumbar discs.

  • Professional memberships

    Articles by Mr Ian Sabin

    Gamma Knife FAQs

    When is treatment with Gamma Knife radiosurgery appropriate?

    Gamma Knife Surgery and Neurosurgery

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