Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery involves intricate procedures to the spine, brain and peripheral nerves. Though high-risk, neurosurgery has never been safer or more precise than it is today. 

Prince of Wales Private Hospital is a leading neurosurgical teaching centre, with a strong reputation for successfully managing brain tumours and complex spinal conditions. 

We are privileged to have some of the most experienced neurosurgeons in Australia working at our Hospital, who attract patients from across the country. Each has undertaken additional training in a sub-specialty area, such as vascular/endovascular surgery, tumour surgery, spine surgery, and movement disorder surgery. 

All our surgeons strive to provide patients with the best possible surgical and neurological outcomes for the following conditions:

  • Brain tumours – Brain tumour surgery is one of the most common neurosurgical procedures performed by our team. As tumours grow, they affect ordinary brain function and can create a range of symptoms. Surgery is designed to biopsy, remove and/or reduce tumours. These options work to alleviate symptoms and, in cases of brain cancer, maximise the effectiveness of oncology treatments and patient survival rates. 
  • Cerebrovascular disorders – Blood vessels that supply oxygen to the brain can become blocked or malformed, or can spontaneously burst, making a stroke highly likely. Bulging blood vessels (aneurysms), blocked arteries, and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are common conditions which require urgent surgical intervention. 
  • Peripheral nerve disorders – The peripheral nervous system connects the brain and spine (central nervous system) to the rest of the body. If peripheral nerves are compressed, injured or develop growths (usually benign), surgery can relieve associated symptoms of pain and impaired motor function. 
  • Skull base tumours – These tumours form in the space below the brain, behind the eyes and nose. They can be either malignant or benign and need to be excised to remove pressure on the brain and critical nerves that affect mobility, vision and hormonal function. Minimally-invasive surgery is often appropriate for skull base procedures. 
  • Spinal disorders – We manage simple and complex surgeries to treat conditions affecting the neck and spine. These include surgeries for compressed or ‘pinched’ spinal nerves, degenerative disc changes, spinal trauma, deformities (ie scoliosis), and tumours. Surgery is considered when conservative therapies have failed.   

The safety and accuracy of neurosurgery has improved dramatically thanks to advancements in surgical equipment and technology. Our specialists are able to make a meaningful difference to patients using: 

  • Brainlab Airo® 3D intraoperative CT imaging for brains and spines
  • 3D printing and biomodelling for complex spinal interventions
  • neuronavigation using the Brainlab system
  • minimally-invasive approaches – endoscopic surgery for bulging discs, compressed nerves, skull base tumours
  • ultrasonic tumour-removal devices. 

Quality patient care is a team effort, and this is especially true for neurosurgical patients. Our experts are used to working closely with different medical professionals for the best patient recovery, including neuro-oncologists, interventional neuro-radiologists, neuro-pathologists, head and neck surgeons, pain specialists, and rehabilitation specialists. Following surgery, patients are looked after on a dedicated ward with nursing staff who are skilled in spinal and cranial problems, and manage physiotherapy, discharge rehabilitation and other support services needed. 

To find a Neurosurgeon accredited to work at our Hospital, please refer to the Prince of Wales Private Hospital Specialist Directory.

If you would like to know more about our Neurosurgery services, please contact:

A/Prof Ralph Mobbs
reception@neurospineclinic.com.au
02 9650 4766

 

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