Adult Spine Program
ADULT SPINE SURGERY PROGRAM
Currently general spinal surgery (which involves mostly degenerative spinal disease) is performed by all members of the Division of Neurosurgery who have an adult neurosurgical practice, and by all members of the Complex Spinal Surgery Program:
General Spinal Surgery
General and Complex Spinal Surgery
The adult complex spinal surgery program is comprised of both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with a special interest in complex spinal surgery. Conditions treated encompass the entire spectrum of spinal disorders and include trauma, infection, tumors, complex degenerative disease, adult scoliosis, deformity.
General and complex spine surgery at the University of Alberta takes place at both the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta Hospital. The University of Alberta is the tertiary referral centre for patients with spinal disorders, from northern Alberta, parts of northern Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and parts of the Northwest Territories.
There is close collaboration among the orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons in the adult complex spine surgery group. On Wednesdays, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, there exists the complex spine surgery operating day, attended by both a neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeon. The same occurs on Thursdays at the University Hospital.