Mr Keat Ooi | Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Melbourne

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Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon


Keat is an Australian-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. 

His special interest in robotic spine surgery and keyhole spine surgery allows him to tackle even the most complex spinal conditions. 

As an orthopaedic surgeon who has devoted himself exclusively to spinal conditions for many years, you can be sure you are in safe hands when it comes to this delicate area.

He uses updated technology and the latest evidence based thinking to evaluate patients and provide the most appropriate treatment options possible.

Read more about Keat’s treatment philosophy for adult spinal deformity and degenerative disorders below…

Read Keat's CV ...
  • Keat received his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2005.
  • He furthered his orthopaedic surgical training at the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Victoria and Tasmania and was awarded his fellowship in 2017 by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • His special interest in treating spine conditions culminated in his completion of the AOA Clinical and Research Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at Austin Health and Combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spinal Fellowship at Macquarie University Hospital, New South Wales.
  • He is appointed as a consultant orthopaedic and spine surgeon at Austin Health and also has a private practice.

Keat takes pride in keeping his peers up to date with the latest techniques in complex spine surgery.

He is also keenly interested in teaching orthopaedic trainees and medical students by attending various seminars.

Keat Ooi presenting to osteopath students
Keat Ooi at podium
Keat Ooi teaches osteopath students


A herniated disc, also called disc prolapse, can be a debilitating condition. Keat is known for his expertise in spinal fusion, a procedure that involves connecting two or more vertebrae in the spine to reduce pain and improve spinal stability.

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While his specialty is correcting acute disc herniation in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) areas of the spine, Keat offers treatment and management for conditions such as:

  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal tumour

So whether you suffer from back pain, disc herniation, lumbar spine issues, cervical spine pain, advanced degenerative spinal disease (scoliosis) or other complex spinal deformities, Keat might be able to help.

We aim to see patients with acute disc prolapse within 2 weeks.

Keat (right) and his assistant surgeon (left) using a robotic surgery arm at Warringal Private Hospital


Minimally invasive spine surgery

Keat was the first to perform a spinal fusion using the Mazor X Robotic Guidance System at Warringal Private Hospital back in 2021. The case was a great success!

Since that operation, Keat has performed many spinal surgeries using this system.

Keat eagerly embraces robotics and computer navigation and is very excited to see what the future holds!

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Keyhole spine surgery

In addition to his interest in robotic technology, Keat is also trained in endoscopic spine surgery -another minimally invasive technique.

Traditional open spine surgery requires sizeable incisions and a lengthy recovery period. On the other hand, endoscopic surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, is an ultra-minimally invasive form of spine surgery. This technique combines tiny incisions with a high-definition camera to perform a wide range of procedures, minimising the disruption to normal tissues.

Keat recently refreshed his training in Seoul to stay current with the latest thinking in spine surgery.

A spine surgeon performs keyhole spine surgery
Keat performing endoscopic surgery at St. Peters hospital, Seoul.
Keat Ooi having conversation with patient


There is a saying, surgeons like to cut. However, Keat does not believe in over prescribing surgery.

Where possible, Keat will offer minimally invasive treatment options that don’t include surgery. These management strategies may consist of osteo, physio, or cortisone therapies.

Often, patients come to Keat having exhausted all their options, and in these cases, they may require spinal surgery.

So, whichever treatment path you choose, the goal is always to get you back to normal function as quickly as possible.

Back conditions can be complicated (READ MORE)

So, it’s natural that patients have lots of questions.

Keat listens.

Never in a hurry to get you out the door, Keat always takes the time to talk to his patients. He will listen to you and take time to answer all your questions during an appointment.

He believes that patients should maintain complete control of their treatment from beginning to end.


Keat Ooi surgery has a friendly team with plenty of medical knowledge in the area of complex spine surgery to support you.

Lucinda Cartwright is the practise nurse and also manages the clinic.

Every patient has unique needs when visiting an orthopaedic surgeon.

So along with the other front office staff Lucinda is here to answer all of your questions and help you along with your patient journey.


Did you just search for spinal surgeon near me? 

If so, Dr Keat Ooi Keat offers high quality treatment of degenerative conditions, back pain and offer complex spinal deformity correction.


He consults out of three locations across Melbourne:

Keat also operates out of Epworth Hospital, Knox Private Hospital and Warringal Private Hospital.

With an allied heath team of Physio Therapists, Osteopaths and pain management specialists across Melbourne, we are sure to have treatment options in a location that suits you.


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Keat Ooi, Back Surgeon

PHONE 03 9088 5655