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Brain and spine surgery

Whatever your reason for coming to us for surgery at Newcastle Private Hospital, you’re in highly-skilled hands. Our world class neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons are dedicated to treating patients with a range of conditions and disorders. Our team work in truly state-of-the-art facilities, where the focus is always you.

We’re located in Newcastle, which is comforting for many of our local patients and their families. We also welcome patients from regional NSW.

Find a neurosurgeon or spine surgeon

Our neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons are dedicated to treating patients with a range of conditions.

Our neurosurgeons

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A/Prof Richard Ferch
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
02 4920 8114
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Dr Sam Hall
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
02 4086 8996
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A/Prof Mitchell Hansen
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
02 4956 3440
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Dr Catherine Johnson
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
02 4011 5980
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Dr Sophia Roser
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
02 4044 5033
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Dr Peter Spittaler
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
02 4969 8988
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Our orthopaedic spine surgeons

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Dr Simon Abson
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
02 4040 1139
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Dr Robert Kuru
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
02 4040 1139
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Dr Patrick Lim
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
02 4047 2347
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Conditions and disorders

We provide expert care for a range of neurological conditions.

Brain tumour surgery is one of the most common neurosurgical procedures. As tumours grow, they can affect brain function and lead to a range of symptoms. Surgery is designed to alleviate symptoms and, in cases of brain cancer, maximise the effectiveness of oncology treatments. Surgery may involve a biopsy to test a tumour, along with removing and/or reducing the tumour.

Blood vessels that supply oxygen to the brain can become blocked, malformed, or tear, making a stroke highly likely. Conditions like bulging blood vessels (aneurysms), blocked arteries, and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) may require urgent neurosurgery.

The peripheral nervous system connects the brain and spine (central nervous system) to the body. Peripheral nerves can be affected by pressure, injury or growths (usually benign), leading to symptoms including pain, tingling and movement difficulties. Surgery aims to relieve symptoms and restore function.

These tumours form in the space below the brain, behind the eyes and nose, and can be malignant or benign. They need to be removed to alleviate pressure on the brain areas and vital nerves involved in movement, vision and hormonal function. Minimally invasive neurosurgery is often appropriate for skull base procedures.

Our specialists perform procedures to treat spinal conditions including compressed or ‘pinched’ spinal nerves, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, trauma, deformities like scoliosis, and tumours.

Brain and spine surgery

Our highly skilled neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons use the latest technology to manage a range of conditions affecting the nervous system. Our world class surgeons perform a range of procedures: 


  • Acoustic neuromas and pituitary tumours
  • Awake craniotomy
  • Brain surgery and endoscopic brain surgery
  • Brain and skull based tumours
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Spine surgery

  • Cervical discectomy (fusion and disc replacement arthroplasty)
  • Lumbar decompression for canal stenosis (minimally invasive and open)
  • Lumbar discectomy (minimally invasive and open)
  • Lumbar fusion (minimally invasive and open)
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery

Why choose Newcastle Private Hospital?

At Newcastle Private Hospital there are minimal wait times for surgery, and you can choose your own specialist.

Our neurosurgeons work with a multidisciplinary team of experts to get the best possible outcome for you. And our nurses deliver exceptional care in our wards with passionate allied health professionals to support your recovery.  

Our expert team are here to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible, and our friendly staff will be with you from pre-admission through to your post-operative care. 

The private experience

When you choose private, expect better.

At Newcastle Private Hospital, your private patient comfort includes:

  • Specialist of your choice
  • Admission at a time that is convenient
  • Accommodation mainly in single rooms with ensuite
  • Private dining menu
  • Discharge planning support 
  • PressReader – digital access to 7,000+ magazines, newspapers and other publications.

Care after brain and spine surgery

We provide comprehensive quality care. Following surgery, you will be cared for on a dedicated ward by experienced nursing staff who are skilled in spinal and neuro surgeries and who will arrange your physiotherapy, discharge rehabilitation and any other support services you require.


All surgical procedures carry some amount of risk and only a specialist can advise whether surgery is right for you. Before agreeing to any treatment, make sure you understand what’s involved and any possible side effects and risks. It’s vital that you seek specialist medical advice that’s right for your circumstances.

How much will it cost?

Surgeries and treatments performed in a private hospital involve an out-of-pocket fee. The amount will depend on the surgery or treatment you have and - where you have private health fund cover - whether the treatment that is right for you, is included in that cover. Your specialist will be able to give you an indication of out-of-pocket costs.

If you don’t have private health insurance or you’re an overseas patient, you can choose to self-fund your surgery. Your specialist can talk to you about this option.

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