Preparing for Surgery or Procedure

Once you see your surgeon, they will be able to provide you with further information about your diagnosis, treatment alternatives and the course of care, especially expectations for surgical outcomes.  Due to the complex nature of the admission process, Briz Brain & Spine will coordinate and arrange all of your admission details.

Once your admission has been arranged you will be notified of the details in writing. Prior to your admission to hospital you will be contacted to verbally confirm all of your admission details.

You will be required to fast (NIL BY MOUTH – including water) for 6 hours prior to surgery.

If you are on aspirin or blood thinning medication, such as Disprin, Plavix and Asasantin, you will need to cease this medication 7 – 14 days prior to your admission.  Anti-inflammatories such as Nurofen, Celebrex, fish oil or krill oil will need to be ceased 5 – 7 days prior to surgery.  Please speak with your treating doctor’s assistant to confirm your current medications (prescription and over-the-counter) as soon as possible before to your admission.

You will need to bring ALL previous and current x-rays and scans with you to the hospital.

Should you require any information or additional assistance throughout this time please do not hesitate to contact our office on 073833 2500 and ask to speak directly to your treating doctor’s assistant.

Below we have some booklets with more specific information on some procedures for download:

Thoracoscopic Scoliosis Surgery

Growing Rod Surgery

Anterior Scoliosis Correction Surgery

Posterior Scoliosis Correction Surgery


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.

Protecting the health of our staff is vital to ensure they can continue to provide great service.  Patients are encouraged to prepay accounts over the phone prior to appointments or via payWave or other contactless payment methods. Patients are also asked to complete the Patient Details Form and sign the Privacy Policy Agreement electronically prior to their appointment. These forms can be found under our Contacts page on the website or by clicking here. Please note, patients are asked to bring only ONE support person to their appointment and maintain appropriate social distances to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

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.