Dr Michael Bryant is a neurosurgeon, specialising in conditions involving the brain and spine. He has been associated with BrizBrain & Spine since its foundation in 2005 and has now made the move to the Sunshine Coast to bring his experience to the local community.
Dr Bryant completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland in 1997. With his interest in the area increasing, he undertook advanced neurosurgical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospitals from 2003 to 2007.
During his years of broad neurosurgical exposure, Dr Bryant undertook a year of research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, furthering his knowledge of brain tumour behaviour and treatments.
Following this research, Dr Bryant was made a Neuro-Spinal Fellow in 2008 at the Flinders Medical Centre Adelaide, working in the busy and ever-expanding Spinal Unit. During this time, he also worked in the highly regarded Royal Adelaide Hospital Spinal Unit – a widely sought after training opportunity for neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons from around the world, giving Dr Bryant exposure to all aspects of spinal surgery.
Dr Bryant has special clinical interests in:
Spinal surgery, particularly complex spinal surgery
Congenital and deformity spinal surgery
As a member of the Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine team, he aims to bring a new perspective while advancing his skills in all areas of neurosurgery and spinal surgery.
Dr Bryant is also an Associate Professor, Medical Faculty at Griffith and Bond Universities, and is current chair of the Neurosurgical Society Queensland.
A man in his 60’s consulted me with intractable back pains associated with degeneration of his lumbar spine. There was widespread degeneration of the lumbar facets and discs, and he presented with a significant history of narcotic use, in a vane attempt to get his pains better controlled.
Consultation at that stage and discussions regarding options for management ultimately lead to attempt at surgical correction of his pains, having failed other conservative treatment options over the years leading up to his surgical review.
Neck pains and occipital headaches – a rare pathology
A 69 year old male presented to his GP with a slowly progressive, 6 month history of left sided neck pains and occipital headaches. Examination was unremarkable and in particular, strengths and reflexes in all 4 limbs were normal.
CT scan revealed some degenerative changes low down in the cervical facet joints and a referral was made to an orthopaedic spinal specialist, and from here facet joint injections were undertaken.
A 75 year old female presented to her local hospital with pains in the chest and was admitted under a Respiratory Physician with (incidental) rib fractures, that in retrospect were old. Clinical suspicion lead to further investigation and the diagnosis of an intradural mass at the level of T6 and T7 vertebrae.
An MRI suggested showed the mass with significant spinal cord compression, but despite these rather dramatic findings on scan, the patient maintained good strength in her lower limbs and normal sensation and function of the bladder and bowel.
Falls off ladders are a surprisingly common injury in our community, and whilst most amount to nothing more than dented pride when they occur, some are considerably more serious – just ask Mr Ian (Molly) Meldrum.
Recently we had cause to treat yet another considerably more serious “ladder injury”. A 56 year old man had been painting his ceilings at home when he fell off his ladder. Whilst this may read as any other 6 foot step ladder incident, this particular event was made all that more serious by the fact that the ladder was perched precariously on the kitchen bench at the time.