The goal of spine surgery is to stabilise the vertebral bones and spinal joints and/or relieve pressure being applied to the spinal nerves, which often results from conditions such as spinal instability, bone spurs, herniated discs, scoliosis or spinal tumours.
The cervical spine (neck region) consists of seven vertebrae (C1-C7).
The thoracic spine (upper back) consists of 12 vertebrae (T1 to T12).
The lumbar spine (lower back) consists of five vertebrae (L1 to L5).
The sacrum consists of five fused vertebrae (S1 to S5) and the coccyx (tailbone) consists of four fused vertebrae (Co1 to Co4).
A peripheral nerve injury refers to damage or disruption of the nerves that extend from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body, outside of the central nervous system.
Peripheral nerves can be injured in a number of ways, such as trauma, compression, disease, or inflammation.
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Rugby union, rugby league, AFL, martial arts and other contact injuries that result in brain, nerve and spine damage.
Minimally Invasive Spine (MIS) surgery is a type of surgery on the bones of your spinal column. This type of surgery uses smaller incisions than standard “open” surgery, which offers many benefits.
Keyhole surgery using a tubular retractor and microscope to access the surgical site.
Ultra-minimally invasive surgery using endoscopic instruments and high definition visualisation.
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