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Spinal Decompression Surgery/ Lumbar Decompression Surgery

Spinal decompression surgery is generally effective in treating compressed nerves by relieving pressure. With proper postoperative treatment and rehabilitation, you will be able to resume normal activities and restore former mobility and function.

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Spinal Decompression Surgery/ Lumbar Decompression Surgery

Spinal decompression surgery is generally effective in treating compressed nerves by relieving pressure. With proper postoperative treatment and rehabilitation, you will be able to resume normal activities and restore former mobility and function.

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Why Is Spinal Decompression Surgery Performed?

Spinal or lumbar decompression surgery is a type of surgery to treat compressed nerves in the lower spine. It is generally performed when symptoms of spinal conditions do not respond well to non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy or medication.

Alternatively, surgery may also be required if the pain experienced is so severe that it impedes your daily tasks and movements to a large extent.

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What Happens After Surgery?

The recovery period after surgery is dependent on your fitness level, the severity of the spinal damage and the extent of the surgery.

Generally, you will be discharged from the hospital after about 1 to 4 days, while it may take up to 6 weeks to achieve your expected level of function and mobility.


Possible Complications

  • Nerve or tissue damage
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Bone graft migration (if metal hardware is not used to secure the bones)

What to Expect During Spinal Decompression Surgery?

The primary goal of spinal decompression surgery is to relieve pressure on the damaged spinal cord or nerves while maintaining the function and strength of the spine as much as possible.

Before the surgery, a general health assessment will be conducted, including diagnostic and imaging tests such as x-rays, MRI scans and blood tests. There are various types of spinal decompression surgeries that can be performed, depending on the type of spinal problem experienced.


This surgical procedure involves the partial or complete removal of a damaged intervertebral disc (spongy cushions that separate the bones of your spine) to relieve pressure on surrounding nerves.

Laminectomy (Laminotomy)

Laminectomy (or laminotomy) involves the complete or partial removal of bones from one of your spinal bones (lamina) to reduce stress on the affected nerve and spinal cord.


During a foraminotomy, bones and tissues on the edge of the opening of your spinal column (foramen) are removed. This expands the space for nerve roots to pass through.

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion surgery involves joining two or more vertebrae together by placing a bone graft and surgical hardware (screws or connecting rods) between them. A bone graft is a replacement bone tissue typically taken from the hip or a donated bone. This increases stability in your spinal column, preventing further nerve irritation and pressure.

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
  • Personalised And Professional Approach To Deliver High-Quality Orthopaedic Care Based On The Most Up-To-Date Literature
  • Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure Smooth, Long-Term Recovery
  • Fellowship Trained Surgeon With 15 Years Of Experience In Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Problem-Oriented, Well-Organised and Individualized Treatment Plans Catered To Your Specific Needs
  • Specialist In The Management Of Sports Injuries And Degenerative Conditions Of The Shoulder And Knee Joints
  • Knowledgeable And Pleasant Clinical Staff To Assist You With Your Every Need Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure
  • Our Care Is Conveniently Accessible At Mount Elizabeth Novena and Farrer Park Hospital
  • Minimal Waiting Time For Initial Consultation
  • Assistance With Medical Claims (e.g. Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans)

About Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr. Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer-review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

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    Consultation fees are charged based on length of consultation, and start from SGD$150 (within 30 minutes).

    Modes of Payment

    We accept the following modes of payment:

    • Cash
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    If you are insured and would like to use a Letter of Guarantee (LOG) from the major insurers in Singapore, please contact us and our friendly clinic staff will assist you and provide more information if required.

    Can I Claim Through My Medisave Account? (For Singaporeans and PR)

    Yes, you can. Our Clinic is an accredited day surgery clinic by the Ministry of Health. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may use their Medisave for eligible orthopaedic inpatient procedures and hospitalizations.

    The exact amount would depend on the complexity of the procedure. If you have any enquiries, feel free to speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your Medisave account.

    Integrated Shield Plans (Singaporeans and PRs)

    Yes, patients who have purchased Integrated Shield plans with riders for co-insurance and deductibles will be able to use them in our clinic for eligible procedures. For more information, contact us to find out if your procedure is claimable.

    The 6 Approved Integrated Shield Insurers are:

    • NTUC Income’s IncomeShield and Enhanced IncomeShield
    • American International Assurance International Co’s (AIA) HealthShield Gold
    • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co’s SupremeHealth and SupremeHealth Plus
    • Aviva Ltd’s MyShield
    • Prudential Assurance Co’s PRUShield
    • AXA Shield
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