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Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery involves in surgical treatment of conditions concerning the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopaedic Surgery is the field of medicine involved in the surgical treatment of conditions concerning the musculoskeletal system.

SingHealth, through its 3 hospitals, offers the surgical and medical expertise to deal with all kinds of orthopaedic conditions and disorders.

Common Procedures

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Programme

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the major stablilising ligament of the knee. Tearing of the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) occurs with a sudden direction change or when a decelerating force crosses the knee. The patient often feels or hears a popping sensation, has a rapid onset of knee swelling, and develops a buckling sensation in the knee when attempting a direction change.

Treatment for Knee Pain (Knee Replacement Surgery)

The most common cause of knee pain is due to osteoarthritis, more commonly known as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. In such cases, the cartilage, the cushioning layer of tissue between the bones of the knee joint becomes thinner. Without enough cartilage, the bones rub together causing friction, pain and eventually deterioration of the bone surfaces. Knee pain which can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis and other degenerative conditions is not limited to the elderly.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  1. Spine surgery is commonly undertaken for back and/or leg pain arising from ‘pinched nerves’ in back [due to either a prolapsed disc or bone spurs]
  2. mechanical instability of the spine where one bone of the spine moves abnormally over its neighbour [due to degeneration of spine and spondylolisthesis]

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Programme

The shoulder is perhaps the most mobile joint in the body. There are four rotator cuff tendons around the shoulder joint, whose functions are to initiate motion and increase stability. The supraspinatus tendon is commonly injured, after what appears to be trivial injuries like carrying a heavy load, lifting things overhead or even hanging the clothes out. Patients complain of pain on lifting the arm overhead and weakness at a later stage. The pain often inhibits their daily living and disturbs their sleep.

Related Conditions & Treatments

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This clinical specialty is available at:


Singapore General Hospital
Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

Tel: (65) 6222 3322
Changi General Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery

Tel: (65) 6788 8833
Dept of Orthopedic Surgery

Tel: (65) 6930 6000
Orthopaedic Surgery

Tel: (65) 6225 5554