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 children and adults.
These conditions include:
Briz Brain & Spine started out with five neurosurgeons back in 2005. As they grew, they recognised the increasing need for skills that an orthopaedic spinal specialist can bring to the clinic. Two orthopaedic spinal surgeons subsequently joined the group to compliment the skills of the neurosurgeons. On average neurosurgeons will see more patients with spinal conditions than brain conditions, due to the prevalence of each condition.
Orthopaedic surgeons are specialists in diagnosis and preoperative, operative and post-operative treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic surgeons are able to sub-specialise in spinal surgery after they complete their Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) and enter into a Spinal Fellowship with the Australian Orthopaedics Association. Orthopaedic spinal surgeons can treat a wide range of conditions affecting both spine and peripheral nerves in children and adults.
These conditions include:
The main difference between an orthopaedic spinal surgeon and neurosurgeon is that an orthopaedic spinal surgeon tends to specialise in paediatric and adult scoliosis and other spinal deformities, whereas neurosurgeons specialise in treating conditions affecting the spinal canal including spinal cord tumours, Chiari malformation and spina bifida.
Both specialists are adept at performing cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgery, including spinal cord and nerve decompression, spinal fusion, microsurgery and minimally-invasive spine surgery.
Where applicable, our surgeons can provide Telehealth consultations via Skype for our regional patients to help ease waiting times and the hassle of traveling.
Briz 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:
Most of the surgeons at Briz Brain & Spine offer video consultations. Please contact us to find out if your referred surgeon offers this.
For more information regarding our video consultations, please read our Frequently Asked Questions document.
Briz 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. Please note, Dr Geoff Askin is not a medico-legal practitioner.
The Doctors at Briz Brain & Spine are happy to diagnose and treat WorkCover 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. Please note, Dr Geoff Askin does not currently treat WorkCover patients.
Patient and staff safety is our highest priority at Briz Brain & Spine.
For patients with appointments, if you are suffering any symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath or have recently travelled interstate, overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from interstate or overseas, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact our friendly reception team before attending the clinic. A telehealth appointment may be an alternative method of speaking with our surgeons.
During this current outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus we want to assure all of our patients that we will continue to implement procedures to maintain a hygienic clinical environment. This includes:
- Disinfecting and wiping down all treatment surfaces
- Regular cleaning of rooms and shared equipment
- Thorough cleaning of all communal items including reception chairs, tables, door handles, pens and other shared items
- All staff have access to infection control procedures and training to implement these as necessary
We are carefully monitoring the directions and advice of Queensland Health, the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organization. In the meantime, it is still business as usual and our doors are open.
Briz Brain & Spine wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented situation.