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Spine Care

Your Spine. Making the right move.

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Orthopaedics & Spine Centre, Mater Private Network, St. Raphael's House, 81-84 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1, D01 KX02 1800 38 52 85 Outside ROI +353 (0)1 882 2617 orthospine@materprivate.ie

Please note that a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

Mater Private Network, Citygate, Mahon, Cork, T12 K199, Ireland 021 601 3200 ereferralscork@materprivate.ie

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9 Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park, Castletroy, Limerick, V94 FK7T 061 332 464 info@spineexcellence.ie

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Coote's Lane, College Road, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, R95 XD9D 056 780 0060 Kilkenny@poyntonspinecare.ie

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Mater Private Network, Cherrywood Business Park, Building 11, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, D18 DH50 1800 12 48 16 dayhospital@materprivate.ie

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Mater Private Network, Newenham House, Northern Cross, Malahide Rd., Dublin 17, D17 AY61 1800 12 48 16 dayhospital@materprivate.ie

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Useful Information

About spine care

Welcome to Spine Care

We understand that when you have back issues it can be worrying, which is why we are here – to provide comprehensive expert care to meet your specific needs. Every patient is different so we begin with a full assessment to understand not only your medical condition, but also your health and lifestyle so that we can develop the most suitable treatment plan for you.   

Multidisciplinary team

When you choose Mater Private, you will be cared for by our highly specialised, multidisciplinary Spine Care team. Our experts include spine surgeons, physiotherapists, pain management specialists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists. We work together to make sure that you receive the most well-rounded and personalised care possible. 

Patient focus

We believe that including patients in decisions about their care leads to better outcomes, and so we will clearly explain your condition, your treatment options, and the expected results, so that you can make informed decisions. Whether you require non-surgical treatment such as physiotherapy or spinal injections, minimally invasive procedures, or complex surgery, our team has the expertise and the experience to provide the care you need.

Patient Safety

Our unique Spine Care service in Dublin, Limerick and Cork treats more spine and back problems than any other Private Healthcare group in Ireland, allowing our team to constantly refine their expertise and knowledge. Continuous investment in 3D technology and the latest minimally invasive techniques keeps our team at the cutting edge of innovation and enables our surgeons to carry out more complex and delicate spinal procedures with improved patient outcomes. Our Dublin hospital is the only hospital in Ireland to offer robotic-assisted fusion surgery which reduces operating times, and may result in faster recovery for our patients . Both our hospitals in Dublin and Cork have an extensive range of medical back-up facilities and a highly collaborative ‘Network’ team making us one of the safest places for patients undergoing major operations. Our dedicated team is here for you every step of the way. Together, we will work to restore your spine health, improving your quality of life in a sustainable way.

What we offer:

  • Full spine assessment by multidisciplinary team of Spine Surgeons and specialist Physiotherapists 
  • Consultant specialists in spinal, neuro-spine, rheumatology and pain management
  • Radiologists with specialist training in muscular and skeletal imaging and spinal interventions such as guided injections    
  • Full service physiotherapy department offering individualise rehabilitative physiotherapy services
  • Referrals reviewed within 24-48 hours and urgent referrals prioritised. Appointment dates offered as soon as possible
  • Fast access to state-of-the-art diagnostic & testing facilities 
  • Clinics available 5 days per week
  • Latest & innovative therapeutical options
  • Injection suite on site in Dublin City Centre and in Cherrywood Day Hospital
  • Surgery performed at Mater Private Dublin or Mater Private Cork
  • A holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to your care

Your spine is a column of solid bony blocks called vertebrae and is the central pathway for the spinal cord. It is reinforced by strong ligaments and surrounded by large powerful muscles to protect and move it. Between the vertebrae, there are discs which also give the spine flexibility.

Discs are round pads of tough spongy tissue that are firmly attached above and below the bone. The lumbar or lower spine allows mostly forward and backward bending movement.

  •  Adult degenerative spine 
  •  Herniated discs
  •  Kyphosis
  •  Nerve pain
  •  Sciatica 
  •  Scoliosis
  •  Spinal deformity
  •  Spinal stenosis
  •  Spinal trauma
  •  Spine tumour 

In addition, a spinal neurosurgeon can also treat spinal fractures, infections and complex abnormalities of the cervical spine such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Medical Conditions

Our services

Surgical Treatments

Non-Surgical Treatments

Artificial disc replacement is a procedure whereby worn or damaged disc material between the vertebrae in the spine is removed and replaced with an artificial disk. The procedure aims to address degenerative disc disease, relieving back pain while allowing more normal motion to continue than is the case with some other procedures.

Uniquely, our musculoskeletal physiotherapists operate within a multidisciplinary team ensuring immediate access to additional review and opinion if required. Our care is tailored to your needs – whether immediate, short-term treatment for a one-off issue, long-term support to improve your mobility, or an integrated care plan to help you prepare for, and recover from, surgery.

Spinal deformity correction surgery aims to control and correct the effects of spinal conditions such as scoliosis (sideways curving of the spine) and kyphosis (forward curving of the spine) and to improve your spinal balance. 

Dynamic or flexible stabilisation of the lumbar spine uses a device attached to a flexible rod to allow the spine to be stabilised while also retaining a level of mobility. It can reduce the load on the spine's joints (facets) and disc space, which may reduce pain.

Revision surgery is a procedure that takes place on a patient who has already undergone some form of spine surgery. If a patient reports persistent, recurrent, or new chronic pain symptoms following a previous procedure, revision spinal surgery may be required.

Spinal tumour surgery is usually performed to reduce pain caused by the spinal tumour, restore or maintain neurologic function, and to provide spinal stability.

Targeted injection therapy is used to help to reduce inflammation and pain caused when one of your nerve ends near your spinal cord become irritated or inflamed, and the pain persists, is severe or has not improved with any other treatment. The main injection therapies are nerve root block, caudal epidural injection, facet joint injection/facet block, and sacroiliac joint injections.

This procedure uses an ultrasonic bone scalpel (UBS) to cut the bone during minimally invasive surgeries. The UBS does not harm the surrounding muscle and soft tissue, leading to less post-surgery pain, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery for patients.

A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a surgical technique that is used to correct a range of conditions such as disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis.

The purpose of the procedure is to stabilize the vertebra to prevent dangerous movement between the bones. When the discs or pads between the vertebra are bulging or deteriorating, the spine is unstable and back and leg pain often can occur.

Fusion surgeries create a solid bone between neighbouring vertebra and eliminate abnormal movement between them. A transforaminal interbody lumbar fusion (TILF) is a surgical procedure that uses a bone graft to permanently fuse some of the vertebrae, eliminating abnormal movement and improving stability.

This service is currently available only in our Dublin hospital.

What to expect if you're having spinal surgery

There are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself for spinal surgery. 

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What to expect if you're having spinal surgery

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