Dr Anand Segar – backing the needs of our community.

Introducing Dr Anand Segar – new Spinal Surgeon operating from Ormiston Hospital and supporting the growing needs of our community.

Ormiston’s population is booming, and so too are the demands for health support. We are pleased to announce we are extending our spinal service at Ormiston Hospital – now including expert and internationally trained spinal surgeon Dr Anand Segar.Dr Anand Segar

Ormiston Hospital is pleased to be able to support the growing needs of our community with a highly sought after spinal surgeon; Dr Segar.

Dr Segar’s approach to patient care is personable, balanced and individualized; “I only recommend surgery when necessary through a shared-decision making process” explains Anand. His focus comprises the full spectrum of spinal care (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine). Dr Segar always exhausts non-operative treatment before proceeding with discussions about surgery.

Where surgery is the best treatment solution Dr Segar’s patients are in the capable hands of a highly experienced and caring surgeon. Dr Segar specialises in all aspects of adult and paediatric spinal surgery. Having completed his medical education at the University of Auckland he subsequently trained in orthopaedic surgery in New Zealand. He travelled to the UK to further his education and was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, U.K.

He has also completed three prestigious, highly competitive, and world-renowned spine surgical fellowships in the United States working under leaders in the field. This has provided him with a unique and comprehensive understanding of spinal problems afflicting patients of all age groups, from birth to the more venerable patients, in any aspect of their spine, all the way from their skull to their tailbone.

Dr Segar’s surgical passion is in minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal deformity, scoliosis, and revision spine surgery but also extends to treatment of:

  • Degenerative disc disease (lumbar and cervical)
  • Disc herniation (lumbar and cervical)
  • Sciatica and radiculopathy
  • Spinal instability
  • Spinal stenosis (lumbar and cervical)
  • Myelopathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Adult spinal deformity
  • Paediatric spinal deformity
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Flat back

Dr Segar splits his time between his public position as a paediatric spinal surgeon at Starship Children’s Hospital and adult and paediatric spinal surgeon in private practice. As well as being highly trained, he has received numerous awards for his research and serves as a Deputy Editor for the journal Clinical Spine Surgery.

When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, a good run with his dog, and reading.

To book a consultation or make an appointment with Dr Anand Segar, please contact him on landline 09 553 8162 Email office@spine.co.nz
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Back pain: 3 spine signs you shouldn’t ignore

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. back pain

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

Simon Manners spinal surgeon ormiston hospitalSeeing 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.