Dr Mashfiqul Siddiqui is a senior orthopaedic and spine surgeon in private practice and a Visiting Consultant at Singapore General Hospital.

His focus is on getting patients suffering from spine conditions such as slipped discs, neck and back pain (which sometimes go down the arm or leg with a tingling sensation or numbness), quickly back to their desired functional level. As an orthopaedic surgeon and spine specialist in Singapore, he is also well trained in treating both spinal conditions as well as other associated orthopaedic problems. Working closely with the physiotherapist, management of neck and back pain as well as early administration of slipped disc treatment can be done for quick return to daily activities and sports.

Spinal conditions treated

  • Slipped discs (in the neck and low back)
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Compression of the nerves in the spine (cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy, thoracic myelopathy, sciatica)
  • Scoliosis (adolescent or degenerative)
  • Spine fractures (traumatic, osteoporotic or pathologic)
  • Tumours in the spine or sacrum
  • Infections in the spine
  • Inflammatory conditions affecting the spine (eg. rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Symptoms after spinal surgery

Types of treatment available for the spine

  • Non-operative treatment of the spine (including in-house physiotherapy)
  • Keyhole/ minimally invasive slipped disc surgery (Microdiscectomy)
  • Keyhole/ minimally invasive decompression of the nerves (laminectomy)
  • Artificial disc replacement in the neck(arthroplasty)
  • Fusions of the spine (occipitocervical fusion, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion/ACDF, cervical laminectomy and fusion, Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion/TLIF, Posterolateral fusion)
  • Non-fusion surgery (cervical laminoplasty)
  • Scoliosis correction
  • Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty (cement injection into the spine)
  • Minimally invasive fracture fixation
  • Spinal injections
  • Revision or re-do spinal surgery
  • Computer navigated spinal surgery

About Doctor Siddiqui

Dr Mohd Mashfiqul Arafin Siddiqui, spine specialist singapore
Dr Mohd Mashfiqul Arafin Siddiqui

Orthopaedic Surgeon and Spine Specialist

MBBS (NUS, Singapore), MRCSEd (United Kingdom), MMed (Ortho) (NUS, Singapore), FRCSEd (Ortho) (United Kingdom), FAMS (Ortho)

Dr Mohd Mashfiqul Arafin Siddiqui (or as patients call him, Doctor Mash) is a trained Orthopaedic and Spine surgeon (spine specialist) working at The Orthopaedic Centre. He is on the international faculty of educators for teaching spine surgery and a Visiting Consultant to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Singapore General Hospital. He was previously a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore, YLL School of Medicine.

Education and Career

Dr Siddiqui obtained his basic medical degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS). After completing his post-graduate training in orthopaedic surgery in Singapore, he obtained his fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He then honed his skills in spine surgery with a fellowship undergoing further training at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, University of Alberta Hospital, and the Stollery Children’s Hospital. His fellowship in complex spine surgery was done under spine surgeons (spine specialists) from both orthopaedic and neurosurgical background. Upon returning to Singapore, he worked at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Singapore General Hospital, as an orthopaedic and spine surgeon. He performed numerous complex spine surgeries using minimal access surgical techniques and navigation technology.

Through the years, he has travelled to several countries across Asia to demonstrate his surgical techniques to fellow spine surgeons. He is an advocate of utilizing minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery to speed up recovery and decrease post-operative pain. Dr Siddiqui has also presented at numerous orthopaedic and spine meetings locally and internationally and has been a reviewer for "The Spine Journal". He is still active in teaching doctors who are preparing for their FRCS examination.

Treatment Philosophy at our Orthopaedic and Spine Centre

1. Individualised and holistic treatment for spine and associated orthopaedic conditions

As an orthopaedic and spine surgeon with extensive experience, Dr Siddiqui will be able to recommenced treatment for both spinal conditions and orthopaedic problems which sometimes occur together. Having an in-house physiotherapist also means a holistic non-operative treatment can be prescribed in our orthopaedic centre after a thorough clinical evaluation.

2. Modern, minimally-invasive (keyhole) and safe surgical techniques

Modern surgical techniques and technology have greatly enhanced the safety of spinal surgery. Dr Siddiqui is an advocate of utilising these techniques, as well as performing spinal surgeries through smaller incisions (minimally invasive/keyhole spinal surgery), so that patients have reduced pain, shorter hospitalisation stay and quicker return to their full function.

3. Evidence-based medicine

With numerous international presentations and publications, as well as being a reviewer for the Spine Journal, Dr Siddiqui aims to provide treatment which has been proven and well accepted by the medical and scientific community.

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