Paralysis | Can It Recover with Surgery?

Paralysis | Can It Recover with Surgery?

By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho) Paralysis is a very devastating medical problem. The nerves supplying the arms and legs stop working resulting inability to move. People who suffer from paralysis are longing to regain the ability to move. They are desperate and are willing to try anything that can improve […]

Osteoporotic Spine Fracture

Osteoporotic Spine Fracture

By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho) When the bone is soft or osteoporotic, it can fracture with trivial injury or even without injury. Spine bone is one of the most commonly affected bones in osteoporotic fracture. It can be debilitating. But it doesn’t need to affect you. You can prevent osteoporosis […]

The Danger of Excessive Mobile Use

The Danger of Excessive Mobile Use

By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho) People of all ages are glued to their mobile phones. Other than the social impact, this phenomenon causes serious health issue to the neck. Neck posture is bending forward for many hours a day, everyday, for many months and years. Can you imagine our teenage […]

The Danger of Spinal Cord Compression

The Danger of Spinal Cord Compression

By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho)   Spinal cord is a big nerve that connection the brain with the arms and legs. External compression to the spinal cord can interfere with the normal function of the nerves. People with spinal cord compression do not necessarily complain of neck pain or back […]

Why Fuse the Spine?

Why Fuse the Spine?

By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho) Spine stabilization Spinal fusion surgery is indicated when the spine is expected to be unstable after the index operation. In general if there is a sign of instability before surgery, spinal fusion is indicated. Spinal fusion for nerve compression Spinal fusion surgery is often performed […]

Total Knee Replacement | The Best Operation for Knee Osteoarthritis

Total Knee Replacement | The Best Operation for Knee Osteoarthritis

By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho) Mr Wong is a 65 year old gentleman. He is complaining of knee pain on both sides, right side worse than left. The pain is gradually getting worse. He cant walk more than 50 metres. He has difficulty climbing stairs and squatting Mr Wong is […]

Knee sport injury and ACL tear

Knee sport injury and ACL tear

By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho) “John injured the left knee while playing soccer last month. He heard a “pop” sound when he kicked, followed by severe knee pain and swelling. He was not able to continue soccer. He could not even walk properly. The pain and swelling gradually subsided but […]

Microdiscectomy | Operation for Slipped Disc

Microdiscectomy | Operation for Slipped Disc

Slipped disc can be very painful. The typical symptom is pain radiating to the leg with sudden onset. The diagnosis is confirmed with physical examination and MRI scan. Slipped disc surgery (microdiscectomy) can help overcome the pain. Microdiscectomy is an operation to remove the slipped disc and to free up the nerve. This operation is […]