What is Neurosurgery

Many people think of neurosurgery as brain surgery but it involves so much more. People are often surprised to know that neurosurgeons are also spinal surgeons. Neurosurgery is a specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, of disorders of the nervous system and its coverings. This includes the brain, skull, spinal column, spinal cord and peripheral nerves (the nerves of the arms and legs).

Neurosurgeons are required to treat a wide range of conditions affecting both the brain and spine in children and adults. These conditions include:

  • Head and spinal trauma
  • Brain and spinal tumours
  • Cerebral aneurysms and vascular abnormalities
  • Degenerative conditions of the spine causing back pain and/or leg pain from pinched nerves (sciatica), neck pain and/or arm pain from pinched nerves (brachialgia)
  • Movement disorder such as Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pituitary tumours and acoustic tumours
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and other peripheral nerve disorders

Where applicable, our surgeons can provide Telehealth consultations via Skype for our regional patients to help ease waiting times and the hassle of traveling.

Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine are committed to supplying services to patients in regional and rural areas. From 1 July 2011, Medicare Australia introduced funding of Telehealth services, including video consultations between patients and specialists.

Video consultations are made between you and your doctor at a distant location and is conducted using the software program Skype.

Although every patient’s situation is different, the general benefits of this service include:

  • Better access to specialist care
  • Reduced waiting time to see your specialist
  • Reduced travel time and costs
  • Reduced absence from work

Please contact us to find out if this service is applicable to you.

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Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine specialises in the provision of medical assessments, medico-legal reports, and medical litigation opinions in a wide variety of medical specialties.

Our surgeons possess academic and clinical qualifications of the highest standard, and are experienced in the provision of a variety of medico-legal services.

The Surgeons at Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine are happy to diagnose and treat Work Cover patients. If you have submitted a WorkCover Claim or Third Party Claim, you will need to bring your Claim Number, contact details of the assigned Case Manager, and current WorkCover Certificate to the consultation. The account will be the responsibility of the patient and will require payment at the time of consultation.