Ormiston Hospital welcomes a new spinal surgeon to our team of experts; Dr Simon Manners. Dr Manners started his private practice in February this year and with New Zealand’s alert level’s changing he is seeing more private patients. Read more about identifying back pain and whether it is time to see a spinal expert.
Dr Simon Manners has been working in Middlemore Hospital within the Orthopaedic Department since his return to New Zealand in 2017 and Ormiston Hospital is pleased to be supporting this excellent surgeon’s newly established private practice.
Dr Manners graduated from the University of Auckland Medical School in 2005 and completed the New Zealand Orthopaedics Association’s training program and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014.
Dr Manners and his family then spent two years overseas sub-specialising in adult spinal pathologies; in both Austin Hospital in Melbourne and then at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Canada.
“I believe my experience, personality and commitment will help me make a positive contribution to the NZ Orthopaedic community” – explained Dr Manners. Dr Manners has an interest in all aspects of spinal pathology and treatment, both non-operative and operative, performing procedures on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. This includes anterior and posterior spinal surgery. Dr Manners is dedicated to improving outcomes for patients and in 2019 helped to published research which addressed a review of decompression and fusion treatments to lumbar spinal stenosis – you can read here.
In his own time, Dr Manners spends time with his family (wife Erin and three children) and enjoys competitive sports including hockey and cricket. He is a dedicated Christian who attends LIFE church with his family and where he has also been involved as a Youth Pastor.
Dr Manners is available for private consultation and is operating privately out of Ormiston Hospital. We welcome Dr Manners and are pleased to have a well trusted expert spinal surgeon join our team.
Looking after your back is important and it is equally important that back pain is not left ignored. Spinal surgeons treat and diagnose spinal diseases and conditions, whether this be non-operative or through surgery. With a referral from your GP a spinal surgeon is the best expert to see about your back pain.
Ormiston Hospital’s newest specialist spinal surgeon Dr Simon Manners sees a wide range of orthopaedic spinal issues, from long-term wear and tear to a possible slipped disc or a simple stiff neck to very serious trauma.
Knowing when to see a spinal surgeon is sometimes hard, but your GP can usually help. Here are three signs to watch out for if you are experiencing any kind of spinal pain. If any of the below apply to you, you should seek help from your GP who may refer you to a spinal surgeon.
- The back pain has lasted more than a couple of weeks despite self-care
If self-care methods are not working (such as rest and taking it easy) and pain persists it is likely that you need to see a doctor. If the pain that is bad enough that you cannot perform everyday activities or you are not getting the quality sleep you should see someone immediately and it should not be left for a couple of weeks.
- Intense pain after an impact or fall
Did your pain start after a serious accident? This could be falling, or injuring yourself while doing something – then you need to see your GP. High-impact falls can cause damage to the vertebra and/or discs which will need medical attention and possibly consultation from a spinal specialist.
Don’t be fooled by delayed onset – sometimes you feel fine after an incident but it’s not until later on that you notice the injury. This type of pain (i.e. whiplash) also requires attention.
- Pain is accompanied by any of these symptoms
The following list is a warning sign that your pain is very serious:
- Radiating pain in your arm or leg
- Any tingling, numbness, or weak feeling in your arm or leg
- Difficult achieving balance, or uncontrolled bowel/bladder (incontinence)
- Fever, chills, or nausea
- Weight loss
Seeing an orthopaedic spinal surgeon before any of the above conditions become more serious can help improve your quality of life. Make an appointment to see your GP and ask for a referral to Auckland’s Ormiston Hospital’s expert spinal surgeon Dr Simmon Manners. If surgery is required it can take place at Ormiston Hospital – Auckland’s premier private hospital. Read more about why Ormiston.