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Singapore Embraces Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
Date:5/7/2010

Spinal surgery is fast losing its 'fear factor' with minimally invasive techniques that promise mini incisions rather than a deep, long slice down the back.

Singapore (PRWEB), May 7, 2010 -- Minimally invasive techniques are fast becoming the new norm in an area that still sends chills down the backs of most people – spinal surgery.

Fears of a long, deep cut on a part of the body one can easily see meant that many would rather bear with debilitating backache than seek relief from spinal surgery.

But here's the good news: A new generation of surgeons are determined to make spinal surgery much less scary.

"Minimally invasive spinal surgery is fast becoming popular amongst the younger, upcoming surgeons. Most established surgeons are reluctant to change their practice as they have done the procedures for decades and the new technique has a steep learning curve," says Dr Razmi Rahmat, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Parkway East Hospital.

Minimally invasive technique

In essence, this type of spinal surgery is performed through one or more small incisions. Also known as keyhole surgery, it is usually done with the aid of endoscopic visualisation – the use of tiny devices designed for viewing inside the body. Such devises can include a surgical dissecting microscope or a camera.

According to Dr Razmi, the minimally invasive technique has several advantages over conventional spinal surgery.

"For one thing, smaller incisions lead to smaller scars. Secondly, because there is less muscle diss
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