Brain and spine centre

Whatever your reason for coming to us for brain or spine surgery at John Fawkner Private Hospital, you’re in highly-skilled hands. Our team of world class neurosurgeons, surgeons and specialists work in truly state-of-the-art facilities, where the focus is always you.

We’re located in Coburg, VIC which is comforting for many of our local patients and their families. However, we also welcome patients from all over Victoria.


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Our neurosurgeons are dedicated to treating patients with disorders affecting the nervous system.

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Find a spine surgeon

Our spine surgeons are experts at
treating a range of spine

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Find a neurologist

Our team of neurologists work with patients living with conditions affecting the nervous system.

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Conditions and disorders

We provide expert care for a range of neurological and spine 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 testing, along with removing and/or reducing the tumour.

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 spine conditions including compressed or ‘pinched’ spinal nerves, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and deformities such as scoliosis.

Brain and spinal surgery

Our highly skilled neurosurgeons and 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: 


  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Brain surgery
  • Brain & skull based tumours


Spine surgery

  • Cervical discectomy (fusion and disc replacement arthroplasty)
  • Lumbar decompression for canal stenosis & tumour 
  • Lumbar discectomy including day surgery
  • Lumbar fusion 
  • Thoracic decompression & fusion

Neurology services

  • Brain or spinal injuries
  • Infections of the nervous systems such as meningitis or brain abscesses
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Seizures 
  • Peripheral neurological conditions
  • Back pain

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Why choose John Fawkner Private Hospital?

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

Our neurosurgeons, spine surgeons and neurologists work with a multidisciplinary team of experts to get the best possible outcome for you. 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 John Fawkner Private Hospital, your private patient comfort includes:

  • Specialist of your choice
  • Admission at a time that is convenient
  • Single rooms with large bathrooms
  • Specialist neuroscience nursing staff
  • Discharge planning support, including rehabilitation in hospital & the home
  • PressReader – digital access to 7,000+ magazines & newspapers. 
  • Access to 24hr Emergency department
  • State of the art theatre complex, intensive care & coronary care department 
  • Newly renovated and purposefully built inpatient surgical ward


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 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 what your private health insurance fund will cover. Your specialist and private health insurer 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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