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Spinal Surgery (Back Surgery)

Spinal Neurosurgeons at Macquarie Neurosurgery

Excellence in surgical procedures involving the spine

The surgical team at Macquarie Neurosurgery include orthopaedic and neurosurgeons who mainly perform spinal surgery.

The fellowship-trained surgeons perform approximately 200 spinal surgeries (back surgeries) every year.

The surgeons have a particular interest in complex spinal procedures, scoliosis and degenerative deformity. Macquarie Neurosurgery’s spinal team are members of the Australian Spine Society, the Lateral Access Society, the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, Scoliosis Research Society, SMISS, and NASS.

Spinal surgery treatment

The neurosurgical specialists treat patients with all spinal conditions, such as:

  • Spinal Infections

  • Spinal Tumours

  • Spinal Degeration, ie wear and tear

  • Degenerative deformities, ie wear and tear leading to structural failure

  • Scoliosis - twisting of the spine

Macquarie Neurosurgery’s spinal team are also experts in the commonest spine procedures, including spinal decompression surgery (surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves) as well as spinal fusions (a technique used to join two or more vertebrae permanently). 

Multidisciplinary expertise

The surgeons at Macquarie Neurosurgery comprise of a multidisciplinary group who offer highly specialised surgical expertise.

As a patient of the practice, you will be treated by spinal surgeons, including orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, nursing staff, and allied health professionals - all of whom work together to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

Trained overseas fellows

All of Macquarie Neurosurgery’s spinal surgeons have trained both locally and overseas. They have a long and broad experience performing surgical procedures on patients with all types of spinal conditions.

Additionally, trained surgeons from overseas regularly come to work with the practice’s medical specialists because of the surgery’s internationally-renowned reputation. There are currently two overseas trained fellows who are working full-time in the department.

Subspecialties

Non-fusion surgery as well as all other modern techniques are available with the Macquarie multidisciplinary group. In other words, patients will be referred to other doctors in the practice if a condition falls outside a specialist’s own spinal interest. This ensures patients are always offered the best treatment available.

If complex procedures require more than one specialist, a team approach will be employed. ENT and Vascular surgeons often work with our spine surgeons to treat complex pathologies.

Minimally-invasive surgery (keyhole surgery)

The surgical team at Macquarie Neurosurgery specialise in minimally-invasive surgery - an increasingly common operating technique.

Minimally-invasive procedures are performed through very small incisions instead of the traditional surgical process of operating with one large opening (which can result in more disruption to your spinal muscles, as well as more pain resulting from increased soft tissue retraction).

Minimally-invasive surgery generally results in less blood loss and reduces the tissue trauma associated with the operation without compromising the overall goals of your surgery. This is an increasingly popular surgical technique for spinal procedures.

Peer-reviewed

One particular area the neurosurgeons at Macquarie Neurosurgery take pride in is the peer-review process. Patients undergoing surgery have access to surgeons and specialists with specific skills and experience in their conditions. Peer-review and striving for excellence was an integral part of what initially led to the formation of the practice and remains a driving force today.

Your spinal condition will be carefully managed by a dedicated team who are constantly reviewing your case and collaborating on every decision that needs to be made about your treatment - as well as your ongoing care management.

Your team are constantly striving to ensure your care is the best it can be. We listen to your feedback and are always looking for ways to improve.

Post-operative care

When your spinal surgery has been completed, you will be well cared for by our complete team of nursing specialists and allied health professionals who will dedicate themselves to the best possible outcome for your treatment.

The highly experienced spine fellows will attend to you daily during your stay on the ward. Your team may also involve other specialists and health professionals during your follow-up care, after your surgical procedure, to ensure whatever is best for you.

State-of-the-art care and constant learning

Macquarie Neurosurgery has access to the most up-to-date surgical equipment and technologies in the country.

The spinal surgeons focus not only on excellent clinical care but also on educating future spine surgeons.

The team are committed to spinal research and education while constantly striving to improve procedures to the benefit of patients.

Macquarie Neurosurgery’s alliance with Macquarie University & Macquarie University Hospital allows for the advancement of all areas of spinal surgery.