Spinal surgery is generally done for back pain and sciatica, neck pain with arm symptoms, spinal cord compression, or spinal tumours. Dr Biggs specializes in keyhole minimally invasive spinal surgery for disc protrusion, cervical (neck) fusion, and lumbar fusion, as well as all types of spinal tumours.
Minimally Invasive Keyhole Surgery
New techniques and equipment have allowed spinal surgery to evolve into a safer and more minimally invasive specialty. Using specifically made retractor systems and equipment allows Dr Biggs to perform keyhole surgery for most single level cervical or lumbar surgeries.
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Degenerative conditions of the spine may require stabilization as well as decompression. In these instances spinal fusion is performed using screws and rods. Advances in Neuro-navigation equipment has allowed screw placement to be achieved in a more accurate way, reducing the risk of nerve root damage to the patient.
Spinal Tumour Surgery
Many tumours that affect the brain can also affect the spinal cord, including gliomas, ependymomas, meningiomas, schwannomas, metastases etc. Again, most of these are one off sporadic tumours, but occasionally occur as part of a syndrome including schwannomatosis, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), or Von Hippel Lindau disease.