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The Latest and Best Technologies and Techniques in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery – Robotics, Intra-op. CT, Nerve Monitoring

It’s an absolute pleasure to see how the latest and best technologies now available to us can be used to make spinal surgery more accurate, safe, effective, and sustainable for my patients. During this recent surgery at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond, for one of my degenerative spinal patients, we carried out: Detailed pre-operative planning […]

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Dual-level mobile cervical artificial discs – Where spinal art, biomedical engineering and human anatomy all meet

This is the Mobi-C artificial cervical disc (LDR/Device Technologies). I was recently informed that as of today, I’ve inserted more of these in dual-level anterior cervical surgeries that any other neurosurgeon in Australia. The results in my patients have been excellent overall. This is what they look like on the immediate post-operative x-ray: In degenerate, […]

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Elegant ‘Hybrid’ Technologies for Cervical Reconstruction

This patient presented with chronic neck and left arm pain. Her pre-operative MRI image below shows bulging degenerative cervical discs at C5/6 (magenta arrow) and C6/7 (red arrow). The C6/7 disc (red arrow) was like a hardened (calcified), deflated ‘car tyre’ affecting the surrounding bone (Modic change) and nerve tissue (stenosis, impingement, radiculopathy). The cross-sectional […]

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Growing a bridge of bone in the core of cervical fusion cages using geneX

Australian TGA-approved geneX (from Biocomposites, UK; supplied in Australia by JoySurgical) has uniquely bio-engineered properties aimed at enhancing bone formation, including within the core of cervical fusion cages. The negatively charged surface chemistry attracts cells required for bone growth and remodeling. A key goal in modern anterior cervical fusions is to create a healthy bone […]

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