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Modern opportunities and outcomes for spine surgery

The surgical management of spinal disorder has evolved dramatically since  the mid twentieth century.

Techniques formerly experimental, or not available widely, which are now routinely available include:

  • improved imaging and assessment
  • greater understanding of spinal pathologies
  • refined surgical techniques, including minimally invasive approaches
  • refined device designs for fixation and fusion
  • selective use of biologics to enhance fusion
  • intraoperative nerve monitoring
  • refined anaesthetic techniques
  • motion preservation philosophies, techniques and devices
  • early mobilisation and focused physiotherapy
  • specialist rehabilitation services when necessary.

All of these areas continue to evolve , and  all members of the Tasmanian Spine Service team are committed to remaining at the forefront of technology in each of these areas.

Technology development

Tasmanian Spine Service surgeons are involved in the design and development of interbody fusion devices, pedicle screw fixation systems, and in the clinical trialing of disc replacement devices and motion preserving fixation systems.

Strong associations in these areas currently exist with SpinalKinetics LLC (USA), Signus Gmbh (Germany), Paradigm Spine LLC (USA).

Continuing education is an essential requirement in modern medical practice, and all Tasmanian Spine Service team members are actively engaged in enhancing their skills in their particular disciplines, on an ongoing basis.