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Department of General Surgery

The experienced surgical team from the Department of Surgery help patients through their next bend of their healthcare journey so that our patients can lead a fulfilling life. We are with our patients at every step, from their first appointment through surgery and recovery. We offer comprehensive care treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Our comprehensive surgical services include, breast surgery, bariatric and metabolic surgery for obesity, colorectal surgery, upper gastro-intestinal surgery, hepato-pancreatico-biliary, plastics, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, vascular and surgical endoscopy. We have a multidisciplinary team in all the various areas, drawing together dedicated surgical teams led by an experienced team of consultants.

Sengkang General Hospital’s Surgery Department also has a strong emphasis on cancer prevention with robust screening facilities such as endoscopy and mammogram suites. We work with many other specialties, nurse practitioners and allied health staff to manage lifestyle and chronic diseases such as obesity and vascular problems related to diabetes.

Our Operating Theatres are equipped with specialised technology, and our surgical teams are equipped to perform minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery.

Our team of surgeons at Sengkang General Hospital have also started active programmes for the community such as PEERS (Programme for Enhanced Elderly Recovery@Sengkang) which focus on active pre-habilitation programmes for elderly patients going for elective surgery. There is active engagement with the primary care team and GPs to ensure continuity of patient care post hospitalisation and once their acute problems are resolved.

Our Surgery Department is also part of the SingHealth Academic cluster. We participate in clinical and translational research, as well as education of Duke-NUS and Yong Loo Lin NUS medical school students. Our doctors also actively provide educational forums for the public and provide training for other healthcare professionals via discussions, simulation exercises, workshops and conferences.

Our Clinical Services

The SKH Department of Surgery provides 24-hour on-site coverage for acute surgical support and manages a wide spectrum of elective and emergency surgical conditions.

From acute emergency surgery, general surgery, an endoscopy, or treatment for skin lesions or a hernia, you can rest assured knowing Sengkang General Hospital’s team of trained professionals are in collaboration with doctors and medical professionals from many other fields to develop the best treatment plan for your condition. This means your surgery and treatment is always holistic, comprehensive and tailored to suit your individual needs.

Our subspecialties:

Surgical Treatments Offered

The following list of surgical treatments is not exhaustive. Please refer to the individual subspecialty's webpage for further information on our hospital’s surgeons and the services provided.

General Surgical Treatments

  • Hernias

  • Endoscopy

  • Lumps and bumps / skin lesions

  • Acute surgical emergencies

  • Abscesses

  • Appendicitis

  • Cholecystitis

  • Viscus perforation

  • Intestinal obstruction and perforation

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

  • Trauma etc

  • Benign and malignant diseases of different subspecialties

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FAQs

Is it safe for me to undergo minimally invasive procedures?

Our surgeons are passionate about research and advancing treatment for even the most complex conditions. They are trained in providing minimally invasive surgical methods, including robotic surgery. This way, you spend less time recovering in the hospital and more time getting back to your healthy life.

What do I need to do to prepare for my surgery?

You’ll find information about what you need to know about preparing for your surgery procedure  here.

What kind of operation may be appropriate for outpatient surgery?

The most appropriate procedures for outpatient surgery are those associated with post-operative care that is easily managed at home, and those with very low rates of post-operative complications, requiring care by a physician or nurse.

Is outpatient surgery safe for elderly patients?

Age, alone, is not a reason to disqualify an elderly patient from having outpatient surgery. However, age does affect the reaction of elderly patients to certain drugs, as some drugs may take a longer time to be excreted by elderly persons. Elderly persons may also have more underlying medical conditions that could make an outpatient surgery riskier. Hence, it is important for an elderly patient to have a thorough medical evaluation by our team before any surgery to determine the best surgical setting for the individual.

What are the payment options for SKH’s surgery department?

Our surgery department offers a wide range of payment options for your convenience. You may settle your surgery bills through a variety of convenient methods, including Mobile Pay, DBS Bill Payment Service, AXS station, Cashier - Card Payment, Cheque, and through Singapore Post. If you have any questions or queries about paying for your surgical treatment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Is it safe for me to undergo minimally invasive procedures?

Our surgeons are passionate about research and advancing treatment for even the most complex conditions. They are trained in providing minimally invasive surgical methods, including robotic surgery. This way, you spend less time recovering in the hospital and more time getting back to your healthy life.

What do I need to do to prepare for my surgery?

You’ll find information about what you need to know about preparing for your surgery procedure  here.

What kind of operation may be appropriate for outpatient surgery?

The most appropriate procedures for outpatient surgery are those associated with post-operative care that is easily managed at home, and those with very low rates of post-operative complications, requiring care by a physician or nurse.

Is outpatient surgery safe for elderly patients?

Age, alone, is not a reason to disqualify an elderly patient from having outpatient surgery. However, age does affect the reaction of elderly patients to certain drugs, as some drugs may take a longer time to be excreted by elderly persons. Elderly persons may also have more underlying medical conditions that could make an outpatient surgery riskier. Hence, it is important for an elderly patient to have a thorough medical evaluation by our team before any surgery to determine the best surgical setting for the individual.

What are the payment options for SKH’s surgery department?

Our surgery department offers a wide range of payment options for your convenience. You may settle your surgery bills through a variety of convenient methods, including Mobile Pay, DBS Bill Payment Service, AXS station, Cashier - Card Payment, Cheque, and through Singapore Post. If you have any questions or queries about paying for your surgical treatment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Our Care Team

Sengkang General Hospital’s surgery department comprises a wide range of consultants, surgeons and healthcare professionals who have access to a vast network of doctors and medical professionals from other fields. Additionally, SKH’s surgeons and doctors are part of the SingHealth Academic cluster and are regularly contributing to educational forums and training programs for medical students and other healthcare professionals.

  • Chairman, Division of Surgery and Senior Consultant
    • Adj Assoc Prof Benita Tan Kiat Tee

    Head, Department of Surgery and Senior Consultant

    • Adj Asst Prof Kam Juinn Huar                       

    Senior Consultants

    • Prof Wong Wai Keong (Upper Gastrointestinal)
    • Adj Assoc Prof Edward Choke Tieng Chek
    • Dr Jeremy Tan Tian Hui
    • Dr Tan Choon Chieh

                    

Consultants

  • Adj Asst Prof Foo Fung Joon (Colorectal)
  • Dr Tan Jian Hong Winson (Colorectal)
  • Dr Ho Ming Li Leonard (Colorectal)
  • Dr Sharmini Su A Sivarajah (Colorectal)
  • Asst Prof Sabrina Ngaserin Ng Hui Na (Breast)
  • Dr Chua Hui Wen (Breast)
  • Dr Pearlie W.W Tan (Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic)
  • Dr Toh Bin Chet (Upper Gastrointestinal)
  • Dr Yeung Po Man Baldwin (Upper Gastrointestinal)
  • Dr Lester Ong Wei Lin (Upper Gastrointestinal)
  • Dr Tousif Kabir (Hepatopancreatobiliary)
  • Dr Alvin Tan Yong Hui (Hepatopancreatobiliary)

     
    Associate Consultants
  • Dr Frederick Koh Hong Xiang (Colorectal)
  • Dr Cheryl Chong Xi Zi (Colorectal)
  • Dr Darius Aw Kang Lie (Vascular & Colorectal)
  • Dr Allen Wong Wei Jiat (Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic)
  • Dr Feng Jia Jun (Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic)

     



                    

 

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