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Michael Barnes - Spine and Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Description

Since returning to New Zealand in 1990 Mr Barnes initially worked as a consultant orthopaedic and spine surgeon at Auckland Hospital and a consultant spine deformity surgeon at Middlemore Hospital. He then established the Scoliosis Service at Starship Children's Hospital where he performed all the spine surgery for ten years and worked as a spine surgeon for a total of 18 years.

Currently his medical practice is devoted entirely to conditions of the spine and he is in full-time private practice in Newmarket, Auckland.

An Overview

  • Specialist in diagnosis and surgical management of conditions of the spine
  • Over 20 years experience as consultant spine surgeon
  • Over 5000 operations safely and successfully completed

Conditions Treated

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Disc Protrusion
  • Cervical Radicular Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Low Back Pain requiring Surgical Treatment
     
What is Orthopaedics?
This is an area that deals with conditions of the musculo-skeletal system (disorders of bones and joints of the limbs and spine). The speciality covers a range of different types of conditions starting with congenital (conditions which children are born with) through to degenerative (conditions relating to the wearing out of joints). The field of orthopaedics covers trauma where bones are broken or injuries are sustained to limbs.
Other conditions that sit under the spectrum of orthopaedics are metabolic conditions, neurological and inflammatory conditions.

Consultants

Hours

Mon – Fri 8:45 AM – 6:00 PM

Referral Expectations

You need to bring with you to your appointment:

1.       Any letters or reports from your doctor or hospital.
2.       Any X-Rays, CT or MRI films and reports.
3.       All medicines you are taking including herbal and natural remedies.
4.       Your pharmaceutical entitlement card.
5.       Your ACC number, if you have one.
6.       Friend or family member to interpret, if necessary.


What to wear
Most new patients will undergo an examination which exposes the back and lower extremities. You will be provided with a gown which opens at the back – please wear suitable under clothing.

New patient referrals
You will be asked to complete a spinal questionnaire.
Your appointment will usually take 30 minutes and includes a spinal examination.
A letter is sent to your General Practitioner or Referrer.

Procedures / Treatments

  • ANTERIOR CERVICAL DECOMPRESSION & FUSION

    Key Points
    Pressure on a nerve in the neck may variously cause pain the in the region of the shoulder blade, shoulder, upper chest and the associated arm or upper forearm.… More

  • CERVICAL LAMINOPLASTY

    Key Points
    Pressure on the spinal cord in the neck may cause pain in the arms, numbness or weakness in the arms or hands and numbness, weakness or unsteadiness in the legs.… More

  • LUMBAR MICRO DISCECTOMY

    Key Points
    A disc protrusion (disc herniation) occurs when a piece of the intervertebral disc (the soft part between the vertebrae) separates or partially separates and compresses a nerve in the lower spine.… More

  • DECOMPRESSION FOR LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

    Key Points
    Normal ageing of the spine leads quite commonly to a narrowing of the spinal canal.… More

  • FUSION FOR LOW BACK PAIN (LUMBAR FUSION)

    Key Points


    Surgery is recommended only for selected patients with persistent or recurrent pain causing significant interference with quality of life and after a period of non-operative (physical therapy, pain management) treatment.… More

  • ISTHMIC SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

    Key Points
    An isthmic spondylolisthesis is present in approximately 1 in 20 people.… More

  • POSTERIOR CORRECTION & FUSION FOR SCOLIOSIS

    Key Points
    The exact cause of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown but probably has a genetic basis in most patients.… More

  • SPINE SURGERY FOR TREATMENT OF NECK OR BACK PROBLEMS

    General Information

    Back or neck pain occurs at some stage in the life of most people.… More

Charges

Michael and Nichola are Southern Cross Affiliated Providers for consultations.

Parking

Free patient parking is provided.

  • 98 Carlton Gore Road - please use driveway to the left hand side of the building. At end of the driveway there are 3 named patient parks provided outside.
  • Cavendish Clinic - ample free patient parking is provided.

Contact Details

98 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket

Central Auckland

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Cavendish Clinic, Manukau, Auckland

South Auckland

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This page was last updated at 10:38AM on August 9, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Michael Barnes - Spine and Orthopaedic Surgeon.