Media and Patient Information


Media Appearances

Dr Winder recently appeared on Channel 9’s “A Current Affair” highlighting Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Spine.


We invite you to watch the program:


Back Pain relief – A Current Affair - Ninemsn





Patient Information


Patients regularly enquire about the procedures performed by their surgeon and there can be a limitation of information or, in some cases, excessive amounts available. I have included some video information for some of the more commonly performed procedures to aid understanding. It is a simplified overview and I would encourage a more detailed discussion at the time of consultation.


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Minimally Invasive Surgery


Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a paradigm shift from traditional surgical techniques. Its complexity is accompanied by a learning curve and as such specialised fellowship training in minimally invasive approaches is encouraged. After completion of the Australasian Fellowship in Neurosurgery, Dr Winder completed a dedicated 1 year fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery in North America followed by a further 6 months in Seattle.

What is MIS?

MIS covers a variety of surgical approaches with multiple indications and techniques. It is known as “keyhole” surgery, but in this case the majority of cases are performed through a tubular port system, which enables access to the affected spinal area through very small incisions (e.g.: see MIS discectomy). The operations are then completed through the use of microscope or endoscope. 

Why use MIS?

The role of MIS is to minimize operative morbidity (reduced blood loss, reduced pain medication requirements, fewer infections) and minimize patient discomfort whilst offering same or better clinical outcomes.  Smaller incisions with less soft tissue damages aims to reduce pain, rapidly improve mobility and offer a faster return to work.


Should MIS always be used?

It must be remembered that not all cases are suited to minimally invasive approaches. MIS is our preference in most cases due to the excellent recovery rates and clinical outcomes. If a solely MIS approach is not best for your condition we will often perform a hybrid technique, in which the majority of the procedure is still MIS. Each case is assessed and the most appropriate techniques discussed.


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Surgical Video Demonstrations


Please note that the following demonstrations are intended as a guide to help patients better understand the operations we perform. Formal discussions will be held during the consultation and we invite you to view the links.



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