Advanced Spine Surgery

Over the last 10 years there have been many new technologies introduced into spine surgery. Some seem to “make sense”, some are theoretically “feasible”, some have been well tested and proven and some fail in clinical context.

With a background in Orthopaedic surgery involving joint replacement, alignment and structural stability of the spine as well as training in Microsurgery to deal with neural tissue, Mr Ton is well equipped to provide his patients with safely chosen, balanced, up to date advanced spine surgery.

Mr Lu Ton treats each patient condition with care and precision to ensure the best possible results from surgery.

There are other spinal surgical technologies that will become available in the future but Mr Ton is still cautiously waiting for further testing and trials before introducing them to his patients.


A case of lumbar disc fusion and disc replacement for severe back pain due to advanced lumbar disc degeneration. This patient had severe lower back pain and leg pain after a discectomy for disc herniation. The pain returned after a few months.

The MRI scan showed advanced disc degeneration at the lower 2 levels. After exhausting all conservative treatment for more than 6 months, Mr Ton offered anterior fusion of the L5S1 and lumbar disc replacement at the L45 level.


A case of cervical disc replacement for severe neck pain and arm pain due to cervical disc rupture and protrusion. The protrusion compressed the nerve root and the spinal cord, causing severe arm pain, numbness and weakness.


A case of chronic spinal cord compression due to multiple disc herniations.

This young lady had advanced degeneration of her cervical vertebral discs. The degeneration caused disc bulging, formation of bone spurs, overcrowding the spinal canal. She had severe compression of the spinal cord and difficulty with walking, clumsy hands.

The X-ray of the cervical spine of this lady showed abnormal alignment: bending forward posture and made it difficult to keep the head and neck straight.

Before Surgery

This X-ray of the cervical spine showed the spaces at each level were elevated to clear space for the nerve roots and the spinal cord. The alignment of the spine is now normal lordosis with the head right on top of the shoulders.

After Surgery