New Spine Surgery Program Established in Manitoba

The province of Manitoba is taking significant action to address spinal health concerns, Health Minister Uzoma Asagwara announced on Tuesday. In a major initiative crafted to cut down long waiting periods for patients requiring spinal surgery, the government will inject $12 million into a newly established provincial spine program.

With this substantial investment, the province aims to enhance access to essential spinal surgeries. “The number of Manitobans that experience spinal pain or trauma paints a grim picture,” Asagwara commented, acknowledging the widespread impact of these health issues on various segments of the community. The initiative focuses on not only those currently in distress but also on anticipating the needs and mitigating the suffering of future patients.

Starting May 1, the number of spinal surgeries performed in Manitoba will surge by over 50 percent, thanks to the expansion at Concordia Hospital, Brandon Regional Health Centre, and Health Sciences Centre. Additionally, an outpatient clinic for spinal injuries will be established at Health Sciences Centre to facilitate better care for patients and streamline their recovery process.

Asagwara expressed optimism about the initiative, stating, “This investment ensures that Manitobans dealing with spine pain and trauma receive timely care, so they can get swiftly back to living their lives pain-free.” The plan is aimed at reducing the physical and emotional burden of spinal conditions on patients and expediting their return to normal daily activities.

Source: CTV News Winnipeg

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