$2m ‘gold standard’ service for Sunshine Coast

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Buderim Private Hospital has invested $2 million in a new 3D imaging system that will bring major benefits to patients needing spinal and neurological surgery.

The hospital is the first on the Sunshine Coast to offer the technology, meaning local people will no longer have to go to Brisbane for this treatment.

Orthopaedic and spinal surgeon, Dr Greg Finch has used the Medtronic O-arm navigation system in more than 10 operations at Buderim since it was introduced recently.

“It shows a great deal of foresight for the hospital to recognise there is a big need for spinal services here on the Sunshine Coast, and that you don’t have to travel to Brisbane to access highly-trained surgeons with world-class equipment,” he said. “There is nothing better in the world than what we have right here, and I think that’s pretty amazing.”

Dr Finch said the O-arm device provides real-time 3D imaging that is as good as a CT scan, and called it the “gold standard” of imagery inside a theatre.

“As a minimally-invasive surgeon who makes small incisions, I rely quite heavily on my imaging and so for me the benefits are fantastic – and for my patients it has resulted in even smaller incisions, decreased blood loss, shorter hospital stays and decreased time in theatre,” he said.

The Medtronic system is the only one of its kind north of Brisbane. It can be used in a variety of spinal and orthopaedic surgical procedures including cervical spine, minimally-invasive and open lumbar and thoracic spine cases.

It provides surgeons with images from multiple perspectives while the patient is being operated on, says  Buderim Private general manager Wallis Westbrook,

“We are investing around $2 million in the navigation system, upgraded microscopes and theatre tables to ensure our community is able to access and benefit from the latest surgical technology right here on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

The not-for-profit hospital, one of the largest private establishments outside the Brisbane metropolitan area, has spent $70 million upgrading its facilities since 2000.

It offers a wide range of services, including vascular and general surgery, urology and urodynamics, colorectal, ophthalmology, plastic and cosmetic, ear, nose and throat, orthopaedic, oral and maxillofacial, and endoscopic procedures.

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