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Spinal Surgery

We are well qualified to offer surgical treatment of disorders affecting the whole spine extending from the neck to the lower lumbar spine. This includes the management of degenerative disorders in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (disc herniation, spinal stenosis, myelopathy, spondylolisthesis), fractures and dislocations at all levels of the spine, deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis) and infections in the spine.

Spinal Surgery

The common surgeries performed are:

  • Discectomy (removal of the intervertebral disc) and decompressions of nerve roots and spinal cord in the neck and lower back
  • Spinal fusion surgery in the neck and lower back
  • Disc replacement surgery
  • Correction of spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Reconstructions and palliative surgery for spinal tumours
  • Surgical treatment of spinal infections and
  • Revision spinal surgery

The decision whether to go ahead with surgery or try non-operative treatment is taken in consultation with the patient and his family. Prior to surgery, the patients and their families are provided detailed information regarding the surgery, the expected outcomes and potential risks. We allow enough time for a two-way discussion so that the patients and their families are fully aware of all aspects of the surgery and the post-operative stay in the hospital. The proposed date of surgery will be decided in consultation with the patient and his family.

In order to provide individual attention to the patient after surgery, the patient may be advised to stay in the high-dependency unit overnight. A majority of the patients are encouraged to get out of bed and walk around on the first day after surgery (using a brace or corset), with the assistance of a physiotherapist. The surgical wound is closely monitored and when the surgical team is happy with the wound healing and when the patient is comfortable, he/she will be discharged from the hospital. A visit to the hospital is usually scheduled on the 8-10th day after surgery.

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