Spinal fusion is a type of spine surgery in which two or more bones of the spine are connected or fused together, allowing them to eventually grow and heal into a single solid bone. This is done to eliminate movement between the two bones in order to alleviate pain, strengthen stability and correct deformities in the spine.
Spine surgery in Singapore may be recommended to treat the following conditions:
Today, there are two main methods for clinical spine surgery: traditional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.
Aside from these two, there are other types of surgery such as:
The type of spine surgery used will depend on the patient’s condition. Common procedures include:
After undergoing spinal surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital until the doctor clears you for discharge. During your hospital stay, a tube will be connected to your back to drain the fluid from your wounds. You will also be given an intravenous (IV) line through which you can directly receive pain relievers, antibiotics and other medicines. A urinary catheter may also be initially placed to allow you to go to the bathroom without having to move much.
Once cleared to go home, the doctor will provide at-home care instructions and help you schedule physiotherapy sessions. For the first weeks you may need to wear a brace, and you will need to avoid doing heavy physical tasks and household chores, as well as lifting heavy objects. You are advised to sit on a sturdy chair that straightens your back and allows you to maintain a good posture. Getting enough sleep is key to recovery, too.
Dr Chua Soo Yong specializes in the management of all spinal problems, including herniated discs and spinal stenosis. Call 6262 0555 to make an appointment with our specialist today.