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Dr Fong Shee Yan

MBBS, FAMS, FRCS, MMed Ortho

MOUNT ALVERNIA HOSPITAL

820 THOMSON ROAD
Singapore 574623
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About Dr Fong Shee Yan

Dr Fong Shee Yan obtained his bachelors from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1996. In 2003, he underwent further training in Orthopaedic Surgery and was awarded the N Balachandran Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Trainee from the Singapore Orthopaedic Association. He finished his fellowship in Spine Surgery at the Calgary Spine Centre in Canada between the years 2004 and 2005 then became a Consultant in Spine Surgery. His subspecialty is in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery performed as day surgery cases without needing hospitalization, such as micro-discectomy and percutaneous discectomy for slipped disc, vertebroplasty for fractures of the spine and Facet joint and pars inter-articularis injections.

 

 

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When Do You Need Surgery For A Slipped Disc? A Spine Doctor Explains
When Do You Need Surgery For A Slipped Disc? A Spine Doctor Explains

Back problems are arguably among the most commonly experienced issues out there, affecting people from different walks of life as well as different age groups. However, some back issues can be more severe than others.

There's a big difference between a slipped disc in your spine and a back muscle pull from too much heavy lifting the day before.

Open back surgery is often a solution for back-related ailments that are considered long-term or potentially severe but what exactly are the factors that determine whether a patient requires open back surgery?

Dr Fong Shee Yan is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in initiating and expanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

He explained in a DoctorxDentist answer what the most common reasons for an open back surgery were. Here's what he had to say.

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What is sciatica? Any type of pain and/or neurological symptom that originates from the sciatic nerve is referred to as sciatica. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It is formed by the union of 5 nerve roots from the lower spine. It passes deep in th...
19 Nov 2019
Physical therapy (including physiotherapy) comprises up to 90% of treatment for pain from degenerative disc conditions (most commonly called "slipped disc" in layman's term). Degenerative discs result from natural ageing "wear and tear" of the disc materials in between our spinal bones (ve...
23 Sep 2019
A diffuse disc bulge in your MRI, assuming your MRI radiologist meant a small disc protrusion in his report, represents an aging disc that has naturally lost his water content and its cushion and height with time, resulting in a bulge, like a bulging "worn out" car tyre. Because t...
2 Aug 2019
Diffuse disc bulges (with or without nerve impingement) in MRI is a natural process as we age and can be found in your MRI even if you have no back pain or nerve pain. Nothing needs to be done and nothing can be done to reverse this natural aging. But if there is back...
2 Aug 2019
Usually, "disc bulge" in a radiologist's report describes disc herniation. It is a small disc protrusion due to the natural ageing process. More serious/larger disc protrusion or extruded disc are called "slipped disc" which will require surgery as treatment. "Disc bulge" is used du...
2 Aug 2019
Laminoplasty is a specific surgical procedure performed on the back of the neck to "open up" the spinal channel which contains the spinal cord on its way down to the rest of the body from the brain. It is performed on patients whose spinal cord in the neck are being compressed ...
11 Jul 2019
Neck pain (back of neck, not the front) must be further evaluated by a specialist with an MRI scan if accompanied by the following: following an injury (e.g. fall, accident, manipulation) following a cancer treatment following fever/chills/rigors with or without sore thr...
5 Jul 2019
Dr Dinesh has given you an excellent answer. Following an MRI scan, your treatment will depend on the degree of your nerve compression seen on your MRI scan (not visible on X-rays). If mild compression, your sciatica leg pain is from a nerve irritation or inf...
2 Jul 2019
Back injury resulting in nerve problems will present as pain or numbness spreading from back/buttock down along your leg, with or without "pins and needles" sensation or weakness in your leg/foot/buttock, ON TOP OF your main back pain. The presence of one or mo...
30 Jun 2019
Back sprain or strain, usually caused by injury to your back muscles, takes about a month to recover. The initial severe back pain in the first week after injury will gradually be replaced by a nagging back ache u...
30 Jun 2019
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