Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit

Overview

The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit ASRU is a regional spinal injury service which provides comprehensive care for people with a spinal cord injury from the central north island to the far north Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit is part of Counties Manukau District Health Board and is located at 30 Bairds Road in South Auckland in close proximity to Middlemore Hospital The service is a 20 bed inpatient unit that is dedicated to short term rehabilitation for patients of all ages who have sustained a spinal cord injury with a neurological deficit For more information see Inpatients The outpatient service offers regular lifelong followup for clients once they have been discharged from our inpatient service Patients are either assessed at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit or at the Outreach Clinics in their local regions For more information see Outpatients The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit is one of two regional spinal rehabilitation services in New Zealand the other service being Burwood Spinal Unit at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch Our Vision We aim to be a recognised centre of excellence that provides a lifelong comprehensive specialised service for those with spinal cord injury We promote best practice and provide ongoing education for patients familywhanau care providers and health professionals We work in partnership with patients to maximise their independence and quality of life

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Location

Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit is part of Counties Manukau District Health Board and is located at 30 Bairds Road in South Auckland in close proximity to Middlemore Hospital

Languages spoken

English, Translators can be arranged for other Languages

Services

Medical records transfer

Free Wifi

TV in the room

Private rooms for patients available

Pharmacy

Online doctor consultation

Entertainment options

Procedures

Urology 7 procedures

Prostatectomy

This is a surgical procedure that removes part or whole of the prostate gland. It is usually used in the treatment of benign prostatic enlargement (BPH), or prostate canacer.it can be performed in several ways. For prostate cancer, radical prostatectomy is recommended. The current technique for performing this include open radical prostatectomy (retropubic or transvesical), laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. For benign enlarged prostate, simple prostatectomy is recommended. Newer techniques for managing BPH include transurethral resection of the prostate, transurethral laser-induced prostatectomy and Trans-urethral incision of the prostate. Noninvasive techniques include cryotherapy, laser therapy, thermal ablation and balloon dilation.

Circumcision

This is the removal of the penile foreskin. It is the most commonly performed procedure in the world. In it, the foreskin is opened. Then adhesions removed before being separated from the glans and cut. The penis is then sutured. A recent study indicated that it lowers one's risk of contracting HIV by60%.

Cystectomy

This is the surgical removal of part or whole (radical) of the urinary bladder. Sometimes the term is used to refer to the removal of the gallbladder or a cyst. This is commonly performed after a diagnosis of bladder cancer.

Cystoscopy

This is the endoscopic examination of the bladder. During the procedure, an endoscopic tube with a light and camera at the end is inserted into one's urethra, and into your bladder to visualize the inside of the bladder.

Kidney Stones Treatment

The treatment of renal stones included taking a lot of water to help pass these stones and use of painkiller to relive renal colonic pain. Drug used included NSAIDs, diuretics narcotics and urinary retention drugs. Medical procedures that can be done to remove the stones include laser lithotripsy, uteroscopic stone removal and extracorporeal shockwave therapy.

Prostate Biopsy

This is a procedure done to take a sample from the prostate for histological analysis. It is dome to detect or diagnose cancer of the prostate especially after blood PSA level; rises to the level of prostate cancer. There are several options that can be used to take the sample i.e. MRI-guided biopsy, ultrasound guided biopsy, Transrectal biopsy and transurethral biopsy.

Penile Implant

A penile prosthesis is another treatment option for men with erectile dysfunction (ED). These devices are either malleable or inflatable. The simplest type of prosthesis consists of a pair of malleable (bendable) rods surgically implanted within the erection chambers of the penis.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 3 procedures

Physical Therapy

This is physiotherapy. It makes use of mechanical movements and force, manual therapy, electrotherapy and exercise therapy. It helps improve the patient’s quality of life via diagnosis, examination, prognosis and physical interventions.

Bone and Joint Screening

These are tests done to detect bone and joint diseases like cancers earlier. The test is commonly done when a patient present with bone and joint complains like pain. A bone screening test is widely used to diagnose osteoporosis. This is done by carrion out a bone mineral test.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

An Orthopedic Rehabilitation program has many components, including occupational and physical therapy, sports injury rehabilitation, specialized pediatric services and minimally invasive procedures. The therapy aims to treat several conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. The program restores the strength, motion, and activity after injury.

Neurology 1 procedures

Neurological Rehabilitation

This is a physician-supervised program that is designed for patients with trauma, disorders or diseases of the nervous system. The program improves one's functions, reduce symptoms and greatly improve the overall well-being of a patient.

Specialists

Specialists working with Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit

Dr Sureshbabu Subramanian Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation Consultant; Clinical Head of Spinal Unit
  • MB BS 1989 Madras; FAFRM (RACP) 2011

Mr John Tuckey Urology

  • MB ChB 1988 Otago; MMedSc 1994 Otago; FRACS 1997
  • John is a New Zealand trained Urologist with experience in all areas of Urology. John is a member of Brachytherapy Associates.

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