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When is laser treatment recommended for herniated discs?

Sport Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Health
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According to Ministry of Health guidelines, laser treatment is currently NOT a recommended treatment for spinal disorders in Singapore (unlike in USA). In fact, laser spine surgery is NOT even included in the Ministry of Health list of Table for Surgical Procedures for purposes of fee benchmark/insurance/medisave claims !

Please be aware of this and double check with your specialist again if you are recommended to undergo laser spine treatment as you may be charged under another different spine procedure instead (e.g. radiofrequency discoplasty "injection" which is NOT laser treatment !)

Furthermore make sure your specialist is accreditated by hospital to allow him to use laser equipment (similar to eye surgeon using lasik) not all doctors are accreditated and use of laser has risks !


Dr Fong Shee Yan
MBBS, FAMS, FRCS, MMed Ortho

MOUNT ALVERNIA HOSPITAL
820 THOMSON ROAD
Singapore 574623

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