Clinics & services

Spinal surgery

Spinal surgery

We perform spinal surgery for people who have an injury, cancer, deformity or nerve compression.

Our services

We treat the following conditions:

  • Spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumours
  • Spinal emergencies such as cauda equina syndrome, infection, epidural haematoma
  • Disc protrusions and spinal stenosis causing intractable pain, radiculopathy and neurological deficit
  • Spinal pain and nerve pain
  • Neurological deficit, difficulty walking and paralysis
  • Deformity
  • Infection


We run the following clinics:

  • Spinal Surgery Clinic (Thursdays)

Find out more about clinic times and bookings in Specialist Clinics

Head of unit

Mr. Gerald Quan


For patients

You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.

For health professionals

Find out how to refer your patient.

For urgent referrals or advice:

Phone: 03 9496 5000 (ask for the on-call Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery Registrar)

What you need to bring

Every time you come

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame

For your clinic appointment

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • TAC or Workcover claim number (if relevant)

For your day procedure

  • Responsible adult carer to stay with you to hear instructions, help you and take you home
  • Comfortable day clothes, such as a tracksuit

Our location

You may have your surgery at the Austin Hospital or Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Check the information you have received to make sure you know which hospital to visit. If you are unsure, call your surgical liaison nurse or contact us on the numbers below.

Austin Hospital

The Surgery & Endoscopy Centre
Level 2, Austin Tower
145 Studley Road Heidelberg

Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital

The Surgery Centre
Level 2, Centaur Building
300 Waterdale Road Ivanhoe

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Contact us

Spinal Surgery

For clinic appointments

Contact Specialist Clinics

For enquiries about your surgery

Contact the Elective Surgery Booking Team.

Phone: 03 9496 3750


Open hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm 

Postal address

Spinal Surgery
Austin Health
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg Victoria 3084