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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

1. Specialty/Sub-Specialty/Area of Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgery

2. Services

  • Micro-discectomy and percutaneous discectomy for slipped disc
  • Vertebroplasty for fractures of the spine
  • Facet joint and pars inter-articularis injections

3. Experience

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.

4. Awards and Achievements

  • Young Investigator Award (1999)
  • Spring Singapore Excellent Service Healthcare Silver (2008) and Gold (2009) Award
  • Ministry of Health Quality Improvement Poster Competition Merit Award (2007)
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association N Balachandran Awards (2003)
  • Orthopaedic Association Young Orthopaedic Surgeon (1999)

5. Publications

  • Minimally Invasive Lateral Mass Plating in the Treatment of ... : Clinical Spine Surgery. LWW. 2019. doi:10.1097/01.bsd.0000161234.10142.4b

6. More Information

Education

  • MBBS
  • FAMSOrth
  • FRCSOrth
  • MMedSurg

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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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Please bring this to the attention of your chiropractor as soon as possible. He/she will most likely ask you to stop all chiropractic, gym and/or sports sessions and rest your back for about a week. Despite this, if there is no improvement, please seek early medical attention by vis...
21 Jan 2020
Spinal osteoarthritis means the normal degeneration of our discs and joints in the spine as we age naturally, just like osteoarthritis in our knees and hips. Similar to our knee and hip joints, this natural gradual degeneration can be hastened by abnormal and/or repeated str...
10 Jan 2020
"Stenosis" is the medical term for "narrowing". Spinal stenosis means the narrowing of the channel in the spine (spinal canal) containing the spinal cord and nerves as they travel to your arms and legs from the brain. This spinal canal is a completely enclosed passageway surrounded ...
10 Jan 2020
By the time we are 40 years old or above, all of us will see our disc or discs degenerated if we all undergo an MRI scan of our spine experimentally. This is because degenerative disc "disease" is actually not a "disease" but a natural ageing process that hap...
10 Jan 2020
Sorry to hear about your injury. Your tailbone is most likely to be painful when pressed on, when sitting and leaning back and when sitting to get out of bed every morning. Hopefully no issues when you are passing urine or motion; if not, please seek urgent consultation for an MRI s...
11 Dec 2019
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
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