Any good orthopaedic doctor to follow?

xinxin

New Member
My mum is suffering from weakness in her left foot which lead from a swollen ankle in the beginning of the year. Brought her to acupuncture, the swelling did subside but she felt that her leg is very weak after the sessions. Went to a sinseh, diagnosed that her bone "given way" and may need surgery. Otherwise, my mum will be alrite but subsquently she will get weaker n weaker day by day though she is still able to walk, just that she is dragging her feet to walk at a slower pace. Earlier on last yr, brought her to Mt E for a bone specialist to have a MRI and Xray scan, but found that her tendon muscle is not strong so only prescribed pain-killers and of course he did recommend surgery. In addition, my mum did had a bad fall when she was cycling in her younger days and did not have a proper followup checkup then.

Wondering if there is any good orthopaedic doc to recommend? Which is the correct channel i should take? Please advise. Thank you.
 

matka

Member
Is cost a concern? If it is not, then go to private. Mt E is known for its high costs for hospitalisation though.

If costs are a concern, you might want to go through the polyclinic route to get a referral. But your mum will be going there as a subsidised patient and will not get to choose the doctor she wants. She may also be seen by a medical officer, but ultimately there will be a consultant overseeing the case.
 

xinxin

New Member
Matka, thank you for ur response.

In Singapore, to get ill will be expensive ultimately. However, if $$ can get my mum recover faster or at least improve, i am sure the cost is no longer an issue already. Understand that nowadays $$$ play a part in everything.. :<

Having said that, by going to Polyclinic to get a referral, do they only offer govt hospital? Yah, Mt E is expensive but is a recommendation by one of my fren but somehow it does not work out for my mum. Be it Govt or private, do you have any to recommend? thank you.
 

matka

Member
Sorry, forgot to ask if your mum is Singapore citizen, PR or foreigner. The subsidy only applies to Singaporeans and PRs.

Yes, Polyclinics will only refer to government hospitals. But if you request for a specific doctor, you will have to pay full.

I can drop you a PM on a doc, but you'll need to activate it.
 

miloice

Well-Known Member
No need to go the private specialists.

You can get a referrer to specialist clinics in public hospitals. Personally, I have underwent physio treatment with NUH and CGH for different bone and sports injury.

I preferred the specialist at NUH but am very impressed with SGH team of physio therapist. They are very detailed in the trouble shooting and follow-ups. I had a back injury 2 years ago and it took me 8 months to get well. I have to thank my therapist for her patience and thorough analysis to identify the exact problematic spot. Through the regular follow-ups, my progress was personally monitored by my therapist till full recovery.

NUH on the other hand, just made me go back and do some basic exercise on my own at their gym. Very little follow-ups are done and my records was passed from one therapist to another. I stopped after a few session as it wasn't helping.
 

xinxin

New Member
Hi miloice,

i am a bit blurred, u went to NUH &amp; SGH/CGH?
"physio treatment with NUH and CGH "
"specialist at NUH but am very impressed with SGH team of physio therapist"

Please correct mi if i am really being blur here. Can i have the CGH/SGH specialist details? How is ur procedure like? Thank you.
 

nace

New Member
Hi, how's your mum? So far did you manage to get a good orthopedic dr? Which Ortho clinic in MtE does your mum visit?
 

xinxin

New Member
Hi Nace,

Thx for ur concern. Currently my mum still rather stubborn in seeking 2nd opinion. So I m still trying my best to persuade n convince her... The Dr we visited in Mt E was Dr Tay. U have any good doctors to recommend?
 

nace

New Member
Hi,
MtE has a clinic name Orthopedic Associate. Can look for Dr Brain Lee. Gleneagle hospital has a clinic, Orthoklinic, Dr ChongKW is specialized in foot and ankle. Since your mum is reluctant to see doctor. The only thing you can do now is to observe her foot..from naked eye make sure it's don't get worse and watch the way she walked. If she is struggling or enduring any pain. You got to make sure she went to see dr again or else if it's get worse, the condition might get more complicated. Hope your mum will get better.
 

xinxin

New Member
Hi Nace,

Thank you for ur concern once again &amp; the recommedation. I will consolidate all the info being gathered here and shared with my mother. Hopefully, it will be able to convince her since i think most probably is her fear of going thru surgery that delay her in consulting the doc.

I will take note of your point there, to observe her behaviour of her walking posture etc..
 

shavaine

Member
Like Nace said, there is Orthopedic Associates at Mt E. They have been there quite a while (30yrs or so?). My doctor was Dr Lee (Li?) Yung Hua. He may specialize more on the foot, but I'm not sure. For certain treatments, they were comparable to SGH, because I had initially gone to SGH with a referral from polyclinic. Hope this helps.
 

kittygirl

New Member
Hi, Have you tried Dr Kevin Yip? He is quite well known.

I have seen him 2 years also for my knee injury. I think he is professional.

His clinic is always crowded, so sometimes you may have to wait 30 mins to 1 hour.

His main clinic is in Gleneagles. www.boneclinic.com.sg
 

1127

New Member
Hello sunnyday,

I would strongly recommend Dr Lam Khee Sien from CGH. He is an Ortho Surgeon. Very nice guy and very good doctor. My family sees him.

You would need to pay private rate to see him, though. Which is around $80+ for first consult excluding medication and labwork if any.

If you go through polyclinic route, you pay lesser for consult and labwork. Medicine is charged the same, but you cannot choose your attending physician as a subsidised patient in govt hospitals.
 

1127

New Member
Hello sunny day,

There is another good Ortho Surgeon at CGH A/P Low Cheng Ooi. But I don't know him that well as Lam. He did a carpel tunnel release for one of my relatives. Procedure very well done.
 

Abbytan

New Member
My mum is suffering from weakness in her left foot which lead from a swollen ankle in the beginning of the year. Brought her to acupuncture, the swelling did subside but she felt that her leg is very weak after the sessions. Went to a sinseh, diagnosed that her bone "given way" and may need surgery. Otherwise, my mum will be alrite but subsquently she will get weaker n weaker day by day though she is still able to walk, just that she is dragging her feet to walk at a slower pace. Earlier on last yr, brought her to Mt E for a bone specialist to have a MRI and Xray scan, but found that her tendon muscle is not strong so only prescribed pain-killers and of course he did recommend surgery. In addition, my mum did had a bad fall when she was cycling in her younger days and did not have a proper followup checkup then.

Wondering if there is any good orthopaedic doc to recommend? Which is the correct channel i should take? Please advise. Thank you.
You can take her to Dr Lim Lian Arn -specialist orthopaedic surgeon at Alpha Joints & Orthopaedics. He is our family doctor since most of the kids are into sports and outdoor activities.
 

Chocogal

New Member
Hi you might want to try Dr Seow kang Hong. He performed my mum's all bone related surgery.. total knee cap replacements, implants on her back, n also a toe fracture implant..

He practices at his clinics at parkway East hospital, Mount Elizabeth and Mount Elizabeth Novena. You are able to get the contact for his clinics if you search his name. Hes highly recommended always by my mum. He's a very nice and friendly doctor.

Good luck and hope your mum find a nice doctor able to treat her discomfort.
 

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