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Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement) in Singapore

Details of hospitals in Singapore performing Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement).

Raffles Hospital

A full service private hospital offering a comprehensive range of specialist services by a team of 200 physicians. 35-40% of the patients are foreigners, and there is a dedicated department for handling medical tourists.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at Raffles Hospital

4 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Dr. David Wong Him Choon

Percutaneous nucleoplasty, biacuplasty, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

Dr. Lim Yeow Wai

Sports, traumatic, degenerative and reconstructive surgery.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Singapore’s second largest acute care general hospital specializing in Rehabilitation Medicine and Communicable Diseases.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at Tan Tock Seng Hospital

35 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Assoc. Prof. Ganesan Naidu Rajamoney

Head of Department (Orthopedic Surgery).

Dr. Lee Keng Thiam

Chief of Sports Medicine and Surgery Service

Mount Elizabeth Hospital

One of the largest private medical centers in Asia, with the highest number of private specialists including cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and neurologists, neurosurgeons and general surgeons.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at Mount Elizabeth Hospital

45 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Dr. Liang Te Shan

General Orthopaedics, Trauma

Dr. Tho Kam San

Orthopaedic Surgery

Singapore General Hospital

SGH is Singapore public sector's flagship hospital, the oldest and largest tertiary hospital and national referral centre. They provide the best and yet affordable medical services to its patients.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at Singapore General Hospital

Changi General Hospital

A major hospital in the eastern side of Singapore, with a capacity of 790 beds and facilities to accommodate outpatients likewise.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at Changi General Hospital

32 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Dr. Chua Thai Chong David

Chief of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Lee Haw Chou

Director of Spine Service

National University Hospital

A 928 bed teaching hospital offering a full range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services. NUH serves as a refferal center for cancer patients, pediatrics, cardiology and other specialties.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at National University Hospital

34 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Prof. Shamal Das De

Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Prof. Wong Hee Kit

Head & Senior Consultant, University Spine Centre

Gleneagles Hospital

A 380 bed private hospital offering tertiary acute care services that cover a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at Gleneagles Hospital

37 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Dr. Liang Te Shan

General Orthopaedics, Trauma

Dr. Tho Kam San

Orthopaedic Surgery

Alexandra Hospital

A general and acute care hospital at the western end of Singapore, specializing in geriatric care and ambulatory services.

Availability:

Arthroplasty is available at Alexandra Hospital

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About Joint Replacement

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What is Arthroplasty

This procedure is used to restore function in joints of the body. This procedure may involve the use of an artificial bone, known as prosthesis or by resurfacing the bones that make up that joint. Many illnesses are responsible for the need to get knee arthroplasty. For instance, degenerative joint disease and some types of arthritis may cause the knee cartilage or joint cushion to get worn out. These are most common reasons that necessitate this type of surgery.


How it is diagnosed

Before one can go for this procedure, a proper diagnosis is conducted to ensure that it is necessary. The most common symptom is painful joint. This includes aches that occur even when one is asleep. The joints will be noticeably stiff in such an instance. In order for a proper diagnosis to occur, the physician will ask about physical ability such as distance walked. Swelling of the joints will also be considered when making the decision. In some cases, potential patients will experience sudden giveaway of the joints, especially in the knees and hips.


The tests conducted are:
  • Imaging of the affected joints using Cat Scans, MRI and use of a bone densitometry that is used to assess the loss of bone density in the affected joints.
  • Cardiac studies to assess the circulatory and heart system
  • Blood tests to confirm arthritis and rule out an infection
  • Use of X-rays to determine how much joint space has been lost

Days admitted : The patient is discharged from hospital after about 10 days in the hospital. Before discharge, the patient has to demonstrate the ability to flex the knee to 90 degrees. There should be no complications and he/she should continue to receive care at home. If any of this is not fulfilled the patient may have to stay longer.

Recovery : The after care will depend on the health care system. In most cases, one will be required to make regular visits to hospital after 6 weeks, then 3 months, a year, five years and ten years. However, this follow-up also depends on how intensive the arthroplasty was. Sometimes, there is no need for follow-up after three months.

Risks : The major threat after surgery is an infection. It can complicate the entire recovery procedure. The patient needs to stay clean and avoid contaminating the unhealed incision points. In addition, the area is examined regularly to determine if there are signs of an infection. Corrective measures should be taken immediately. Other risks are: arthrofibrosis, neurovascular problems, patellofemoral problems, periprosthetic fracturing, aseptic loosening

After care : The patient will be kept under intensive watch to ensure that he/she do not experience complications. This will take place in a high dependency room. At this time, the patient undergoes cryotherapy to prevent the knee from getting swollen. The patient has to undergo very light knee movement, sometimes with the aid of a machine, which is done under the doctor’s supervision. A physiotherapist will be present until the patient is discharged. Before leaving the hospital, the patient is told to attempt light walking on the second day after the surgery.

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