Care at NUH

Spine Specialist


A spine specialist or a spine surgeon sub-specialises in performing operations and procedures to treat spinal conditions. This surgeon may be a neurosurgeon or an orthopaedic surgeon. NUH treats spinal conditions of both paediatric (child) and adult patients. Patients who consult a spinal surgeon may have a deformity of the spine, back pain or pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the lower limb (radiculopathy/sciatica).


​Some of the conditions seen by our spine surgeons include: 


To investigate your condition, the following investigations may be performed: 

  • Conventional X-rays  

  • EOS Imaging: a low radiation form of weight bearing x-ray used to study the overall alignment of the whole body and spine  

  • CT Scan: A non-invasive procedure that uses X-rays to produce a three-dimensional image of the spine, which is used to study the bony anatomy of the vertebrae for surgical planning and diagnosis  

  • MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to create an image of the spine and allows the surgeon to study the vertebrae, disc, spinal cord and nerves in detail. 


​Most patients with spinal conditions can be managed through non-surgical approaches. Recommendations may include physical therapy, lifestyle modification, medication, acupuncture and spinal injections.  

Surgery is considered only when non-surgical interventions prove ineffective,  there is a progression of symptoms, or the patient's condition is not responsive to non-surgical treatments.  

The goals of surgical treatment are to relieve symptoms, correct spinal deformities and stabilise the spine. The use of minimally invasive techniques has led to a reduction in post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker return to daily activities. These include techniques such as, minimally invasive approaches, tubular procedures and endoscopic procedures. 
We also offer motion-preserving procedures such as disc replacements in the cervical and lumbar spine. State-of-the-art technologies, including operative microscopes, intraoperative neuromonitoring and intraoperative imaging/navigation systems such as the O-arm, contribute to improved patient safety. 

Contact information

Should you have any enquiry or wish to arrange a consultation with our spine surgeons, please contact us at:

University Spine Centre
Contact: +65 6908 2222
[email protected]
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