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Thoracic Surgery

The Thoracic Surgery service at Sengkang General Hospital specialises in treating the entire spectrum of benign and malignant conditions of the chest that may require surgery. Our experienced team of surgeons are skilled at performing operations of the lung, pleura (lining of the lung), mediastinum (space between the lungs), chest wall (ribcage) and trachea (airways leading to the lungs). As far as possible, these operations are performed minimally invasively with video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) to allow our patients to have less pain and recover faster. We also collaborate closely with our colleagues from Respiratory Medicine, General Surgery, Interventional Radiology and Oncology to provide multi-disciplinary care and to ensure all our patients receive a comprehensive evaluation and the best treatment available.

Our Clinical Services

We offer clinical consultation and evaluation of patients with the following conditions:


  • Lung cancer
  • Lung nodules
  • Lung metastases (ie, cancer that has spread to the lung)
  • Emphysema / giant bullae
  • Infections requiring surgery (eg. Aspergilloma)
  • Congenital abnormalities requiring surgery (eg. Pulmonary sequestration)

Pleura (lining of the lung)

  • Pneumothorax
  • Pleural effusion
  • Empyema
  • Hemothorax
  • Mesothelioma

Mediastinum (space between the lungs in front and behind the heart)

  • Mediastinal masses
  • Mediastinal lymphadenopathy
  • Myasthenia gravis

Chest wall (ribcage)

  • Chest wall tumors
  • Rib fractures
  • Pectus excavatum

Sympathetic chain (nerves that run behind the lung)

  • Palmar/axillary hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms and armpits)

Trachea (airway leading to the lungs)

  • Tracheal tumors
  • Tracheal stenosis

Our Care Team


  • Adj Asst Prof Ong Boon Hean
  • Dr Soo Ing Xiang
  • Dr Tina Koh Puay Theng

Associate Consultant

  • Dr Kang Ning


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