Before he electively drew his operative carer to a close on New Year's Eve 2015/16, Dr. Brazenor was renowned for being reluctant to operate. That is to say he was a "conservative" surgeon, with an acute awareness that surgery is a last resort for most people.
If surgery is one of your options Dr. Brazenor will explain this to you, whilst explaining clearly (usually with drawn diagrams) the exact nature of the surgery, together with the success rate (and what is meant by "success"), the failure rate, and the chance of a significant complication. All of this will be written down for you should surgery be one of your options.
In nine out of ten patients that Dr. Brazenor sees and helps, however, this is done without surgery. Dr. Brazenor eventually suggests a consideration of operation in approximately one in every ten patients that he sees, and most of the other nine actually experience significant and lasting improvement by following the non-surgical recommendations from Dr. Brazenor. He has thirty years of experience of managing patients in this way, and is well known for his skill in doing this.
In order to profit from the non-surgical recommendations which Dr. Brazenor may make to you, however, it is important that you attend closely to his advice, the essentials of which will be written down for you to assist comprehension and retention.
The non-surgical measures most frequently recommended by Dr. Brazenor for non-malignant spine conditions include:
- Weight reduction measures if appropriate
- Changing the way you sit
- Advice on postures and activities which are good and bad for spines with your particular condition
- Pain relief medication only as necessary
- Modification of your home and/or work activities to permit spinal healing
- Use of "pick-up sticks" to minimise the need for bending at the waist
In general Dr. Brazenor does not recommend physiotherapy, Pilates, chiropractic, osteopathy or yoga.
From the end of June, 2016, Dr. Brazenor's wife Narelle will offer her services as a spinal educator, helping patients to implement Dr Brazenor's spinal recommendations. There will be a small fee for patients who wish to attend Narelle's lecture, the session for which runs for one hour.