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Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Surgery

Welcome to the Waterloo Regional Spinal Program

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We in the Spinal Program are very passionate about the care of our patients. Our Spinal Program has prepared this Spinal Surgery “guide” containing customized information to help you and your family prepare for your spinal surgery. It includes information about what will happen before, during, and after your surgery. Please read the following frequently asked questions once you know you are having spinal surgery. Let your family also read this page and feel free to ask us any questions. This guide has been adapted from the spinal program at University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.

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Spinal Surgery Team

  • Clinical Appointments
    2021- Present | Spine Surgeon, Grand River Hospital, Waterloo, Canada 2021- Present | Spine Surgeon, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Canada 2020- Present | Clinical Associate Spine and Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada 2020- Present | Courtesy Staff Spine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Mackenzie Health, Toronto, Canada
  • Medical Education
    2019- 2020 | Postgraduate Medical Program, University of Toronto Fellowship in Orthopaedic Spine and Trauma Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada 2014-2019 | Postgraduate Medical Program, University of Toronto Orthopaedic Surgery, Toronto, Ontario 2011- 2014 | Undergraduate Medical Program, McMaster University M.D. Kitchener, Canada 2007- 2009 | Cellular and Molecular Medicine Program, University of Ottawa M.Sc. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Ottawa, Canada 2003- 2006 | Faculty of Science, Trent University B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biology and Psychology, Peterborough, Canada
  • Manuscripts
    Kunal Bhanot, Jessica Widdifield, Annie Huang, Michael Peterson, David Shultz and Joel Finkelstein (2021) Outcomes following surgery for spinal metastases in Ontario, Canada: population-based cohort study. Canadian Journal of Surgery. Accepted for Publication. Kunal Bhanot *, Ali Zahrai *, Xin Mei, Zachary Tan, Eric Crawford, Albert Yee, and Valerie Palda (2020) Disclosing surgical risk and determining patient information needs during informed consent for lumbar microdiscectomy. Canadian Journal of Surgery 63 (3): E284 - E291. * These authors contributed equally to this work Kunal Bhanot (2019) BASS/BSS Presidents’ Travelling Fellowship. Canadian Spine Society Spinal Columns 19 (3) 21-23. Bhanot, K. *, Chang, J. *, Grant, S., Facteau, A. and M. Camp (2019) Training surgeons and the informed consent discussion in paediatric patients: A qualitative study examining trainee participation disclosure. BMJ Open Quality 8 (3). * These authors contributed equally to this work Kunal Bhanot*, Xin Y. Mei*, Dmitry Tsvetkov, Raghav Rajgopal, Oleg Safir and Paul Kuzyk (2018) Current uses of the transtrochanteric approach: A systematic review. JBJS Reviews 6 (7): e2. * These authors contributed equally to this work Dustin Jacobson, Kunal Bhanot, Blake Yarascavitch, Jennifer Chuback, Ehud Rosenbloom and Mohit Bhandari (2015) Levels of evidence: a comparison between top 3 medical journals and general pediatric journals. BMC Pediatrics 15 (3). Andrew Ferrier, Tadasu Sato, Sabrina Gibeault, Kunal Bhanot, Yves de Repentigny, Ryan O’Meara, Kevin Young and Rashmi Kothary (2014) Transgenic expression of neuronal dystonin isoform 2 partially rescues the disease phenotype of the dystonia musculorum mouse model of hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy VI. Human Molecular Genetics 23 (10): 2694-2710. Ryan W. O’Meara*, John-Paul Michalski*, Carrie Anderson, Kunal Bhanot, Peter Rippstein, and Rashmi Kothary (2013) Integrin-linked kinase regulates oligodendrocyte differentiation and axonal myelination via control of actin cytoskeletal dynamics. The Journal of Neuroscience 33: 9781-93. * These authors contributed equally to this work Scott D. Ryan, Kunal Bhanot, Yves De Repentigny, Alphonse Chu, Alexandre Blais and Rashmi Kothary (2012) Microtubule stability, Golgi organization, and transport flux require dystonin-a2/MAP1B interaction. Journal of Cell Biology 196 (6): 727-42. Lyndsay M. Murray, Ariane Beauvais, Kunal Bhanot and Rashmi Kothary (2012) Defects in Neuromuscular Junction Remodelling in the Smn2B/- Mouse Model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Neurobiology of Disease 49C: 57-67. Martin J.L., Bhanot K. and S. Athreya (2013) Complications and Reinterventions in Uterine Artery Embolization for Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids: A Literature Review and Meta Analysis. CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology 36: 395-402. Kunal Bhanot, Kevin G. Young and Rashmi Kothary (2011) MAP1B and clathrin are novel interacting partners of the giant cyto-linker dystonin. Journal of Proteome Research 10 (11): 5118 Bhanot, K. *, Boyer, J.G. *, Kothary, R. and C. Boudreau-Larvière (2010) Hearts of dystonia musculorum mice display normal morphological and histological features but show signs of cardiac stress. PLoS One 5 (3): e9465. * These authors contributed equally to this work
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