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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
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 Procedure...
14 Feb 2019
In principle, low or non-impact "horizontal" exercises (swimming, yoga, etc) are safer for your lower back. You don't want high impact "vertical" exercises (running, racket games, etc) to stress your worn out L4-5 disc further ! Heavy weight lifting stresses your back too i...
14 Feb 2019
Depending on the severity/size (or Stage) of your disc herniation in both your clinical signs and in your MRI, Stage 3 (large, severe) slipped disc must undergo surgery to improve no other choice ! Early Stage 1 (small, mild) and Mid Stage 2 (moderate disc bulg...
14 Feb 2019

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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Microdiscectomy is the standard surgical procedure commonly performed when a disc needs to be removed usually because it is endangering a nearby spinal cord or nerve (e.g. if patient has worsening sciatica pain in his leg unable to walk). It combines both the a...
5 Feb 2019
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