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.