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Spine Ortho Clinic

Enabling minimally invasive surgery utilising advanced innovative technology

Efficient, Precise and Cost effective care utilising
the latest technology for your maximal benefit.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is a Spinal Robot (Mazor Systems)?

Mazor spinal robotics system was introduced to Australia in 2015 after a global launch in 2012 using a derived military navigational technology from an Israeli Tech Firm. The robotic surgical systems frequently being utilised in execution of complex surgery to improve precision and adding safety to procedures. Currently, the technology only provides a guidance for instrumentation based off intraoperative imaging capture or preoperative CT scans.

What is an O-Arm?

O-arm is an intraoperative 3D imaging capability that allows for on table CT scanning  and if integrated with navigation platform such as Stealth system, it can assist in directing instrumentation to be guided into the Spinal Bones to aid in fusion surgery.

What is the fuss about MIS surgery?

Gone are the days of the traditional open surgeries of the spine, nowadays the modern application of technology and advancement in imaging has revolutionised the way we perform surgeries and enable patients recovery! Every aspect of spinal surgical care has evolved into state of the art that aims to get patients restore fast and minimising surgical trauma. At Spine Ortho Clinic, our surgeons use Early Recovery Anaesthetic Surgery protocols to get our patients ambulant immediately to mitigate associated complications and use advanced surgical technique such as Keyhole surgery fusions and Stab incision instrumentation method using O-arm and Robotics and use adjuncts to limit blood loss which all enable faster rehabilitaiton after your surgeries.

How does SIJ pain go away with surgery?

Most instances of SIJ dysfunction can be managed with oral medications, physical therapy and injections. Patients with debilitating disease, who fail to respond to non-operative measures may benefit from surgery.

The aim of surgery is to prevent abnormal motion and instability at the joint which is the main cause of pain. This is achieved by placing screws or other hardware across the joint to stabilize it.

Our preferred method of fixation utilizes minimally invasive techniques with O-arm navigation to improve our outcomes and reduce recovery times from surgery.

What is SIJ pain?

The Sacroiliac joints (SIJ) are located in the back of the pelvis. It is formed where the Iliac bones on either side of the pelvis meet the sacral bone at the lower part of your spine.

As with other joints, the SI joint too can undergo wear and tear, get injured or have the ligaments fail. A dysfunctional SI joint may cause pain in the lower back, buttocks, legs and groin.

Other conditions may give you similar symptoms and it is important to have your doctor carefully assess you for an accurate diagnosis.

Ortho - Hip & Knee Surgery

Total Hip Replacement

Total Knee Replacement

Partial Knee Replacement

Knee Arthroscopy

ACL Reconstruction

Hip & Knee Trauma

Spine - Cervical Spine

Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion (ACDF)

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty



Posterior Cervical Instrumented Fusion

Posterior Cervical Facet Fusion (a.k.a. DTRAX)

Spine - Lumbar Spine

Microdiscectomy (Keyhole Surgery)

Fenestrations / Laminectomy

Posterior Instrumented Lumbar Fusion

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF)

Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF)

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)  

Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty

Spine - Thoracic Spine

Osteoporosis Compression Fractures

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Complex Spine

Scoliosis/Kyphosis Correction
Spinal Tumours
Spinal Trauma
Spinal Infections
Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Fusions

Non Operative

Medical Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Rehabilitation Therapy

Custom Orthotic / Brace

Schroth Scoliosis Management

Image Guided Injections