Dr Aaron Gan

MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edinburgh), MMed (Surgery)

Centre for Hand And Reconstructive MicroSurgery

3 MOUNT ELIZABETH,

MOUNT ELIZABETH MEDICAL CENTRE #06 - 05,

Singapore 228510

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About Dr Aaron Gan

1. Specialty/Sub-Specialty/Area of Medicine

Hand Surgery 

2. Services

  • Management of hand and wrist trauma
  • Minimally-invasive hand surgery
  • Fracture fixations in the hand and fingers
  • Perforator flap surgery
  • Treatment for pediatric hand conditions
  • Microsurgical resurfacing in upper and lower limb reconstruction
  • Major limb replantations
  • Digital replantations and critical revascularisations
  • Microsurgical hepatic artery anastomosis for liver transplants
  • Wrist arthroscopy 

3. Experience

Dr Aaron Gan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2005. He underwent Basic Surgical Training (BST) from 2006 to 2009, during which he developed a keen interest in microsurgical reconstruction through his rotations in plastic surgery and hand & reconstructive microsurgery. He successfully entered the Advanced Surgical Training (AST) programme in Hand Surgery right after completion of his BST. In 2012, Dr Gan completed his AST, succeeded in the exit examinations and obtained his specialist accreditation in Hand Surgery.

He was awarded the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery Travelling Fellowship in the same year and deepened his insights into perforator flap surgery at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Hanyang University Medical College in Seoul, South Korea. He was mentored by world-renowned Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Professor Jeong-Tae Kim. In the same year, he underwent a clinical observership at Seattle Children's Hospital and studied brachial plexus birth palsy and paediatric hand conditions.

Dr Gan was a Consultant in the Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery of the National University Hospital before embarking into private practice with CHARMS in 2015.

Dr Gan has been a member of the National University Hospital Liver Transplant Team, performing microsurgical hepatic artery anastomoses for both adult and paediatric liver transplants. This includes paediatric liver transplants done in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital of the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. Dr Gan specializes in injuries to the hand and the wrist. He is an expert in complex hand and wrist surgery and has been invited overseas to share his techniques and skills. Wrist fractures and dislocations, wrist ligament tears, finger and carpal fractures, finger ligament tears are several of the common conditions which Dr Gan treats.

4. Awards and Achievements

 

5. Publications

Journal Articles

  • Gan AWT, Puhaindran ME, Pho RWH. The Reconstruction of Large Bone Defects in the Upper Limb. Injury 2013 Mar;44(3):313-7..
  • Gan AWT, Neo PY, He M, Yam AKT, Chong AKS, Tay SC. A Biomechanical Comparison of 3 Loop Suture Materials in a 6-Strand Flexor Tendon Repair Technique. J Hand Surg Am 2012; 37A:1830-1834.
  • Foo TL, Gan AWT, Soh TLT, Chew WCT. Mechanical failure of distal radius volar locking plate. J Orthop Surg (HK) 2013;21(3):332-336.
  • He M, Gan AWT, Lim AY, Goh JC, Hui JH, Lee EH, Chong AK. The effect of fibrin glue on tendon healing and adhesion formation in a rabbit model of flexor tendon injury and repair. J Plast Surg Hand Surg 2013;47(6):509-512.
  • Low SW, Gan AWT, Tan WK. A Century of Medical Students’ Activities (Medical College Union / Medical Society). Ann Acad Med Singapore 2005;34:152C-154C.

Book Chapters

  • Gan AWT, Peng YP. Chapter 16: Fundamental Principles of Microsurgery and Replantation. IN Essentials of Hand Surgery. Chung KC. 2015 JP Medical.

6. More Information

S‌poken language:

    • English
    • Mandarin
    • Indonesian

Education

  • MBBS (Singapore)
  • MRCS (Edinburgh)
  • MMed (Surgery)

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"Offering a finer touch in hand and reconstructive microsurgery"
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The crooked fingers seen in the picture are very likely because of osteoarthritis of the joints. Due to severe cartilage wear and destruction, the joints become progressively deformed and bent. Unfortunately, this is an irreversible process. If there is a lot of pain in the j...
16 Jan 2020
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Madelung deformity is a congenital deformity affecting the forearm bone and this results in a bowed appearance of the upper extremity. The only treatment available is surgery to correct the deformity. This usually involves cutting the deformed bone and re-shaping it to correct th...
9 Jan 2020
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There are 3 ways to treat trigger fingers: Splinting, hand occupational therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications . These aim to relieve the inflammation around the involved tendon, mobilise and prevent adhesions from forming between the tendons. Corticoster...
9 Jan 2020
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Due to the hormonal differences between a male and female, with an increased likelihood of fluid retention occurring in a female , the chances of a female developing carpal tunnel syndrome is consequently and statistically higher. It is precisely the same reason why carpal tunne...
9 Jan 2020
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Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a minimally invasive method of performing carpal tunnel release surgery. Through a small incision made over the base of the palm, a device which carries a small camera and a retractable blade is inserted under the transverse carpal ligament. The...
9 Jan 2020
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"Offering a finer touch in hand and reconstructive microsurgery"
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Joint arthrosis is a common cartilage degenerative disease. It is also known as osteoarthritis. The condition can be diagnosed through 2 ways: [1] A detailed clinical history and examination The most common symptom is joint pain. Some patients also complain of mo...
7 Jan 2020
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Main types of arthritis in the hand Arthritis in the hand can be categorised into 2 main types: Degenerative or osteoarthritis inflammatory arthritis such as psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis and gouty arthritis Of the two, degener...
31 Dec 2019
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Technically, all sports which involve the use of the hand and wrist can worsen a pre-existing carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, any form of repetitive movement done from the wrist over an extended period can make carpal tunnel syndrome worse. These movements lead to swelling and c...
27 Dec 2019
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I assume that you are referring specifically to the replacement of the 1st carpometacarpal joint. After such a replacement is done, you can expect a better quality of life. Pain should be eliminated almost immediately, and joint motion will improve with the presence of the new jo...
27 Dec 2019
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Fractures usually present with more swelling than sprains, although not always. If an obvious deformity is seen, there is a higher likelihood of the presence of a fracture. The most important investigation to differentiate the 2 conditions is an X-ray.
29 Nov 2019
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The crooked fingers seen in the picture are very likely because of osteoarthritis of the joints. Due to severe cartilage wear and destruction, the joints become progressively deformed and bent. Unfortunately, this is an irreversible process. If there is a lot of pain in the j...
16 Jan 2020
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"Offering a finer touch in hand and reconstructive microsurgery"
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The majority of lumps and bumps in the finger, such as the one shown in the picture, are benign in nature . They may arise from any of the structures in the finger, ie skin, subcutaneous tissue, tendon, nerve, blood vessels or even bone. The diagnosis can be obtained through a d...
30 Dec 2019
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This is an infection of the fingertip called paronychia. This is usually caused by a bacterial infection due to a break in the skin near the nail. Individuals who bite their nails have a higher chance of getting such infections . The greenish collection seen is pus, which is a r...
30 Dec 2019
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This is a frequent presentation of lumps and bumps in the palm of the hand which I see in my clinic. The most common diagnoses at the exact location of where your bump is include the following: Flexor sheath ganglion cyst Pigmented villonodular synovitis (also known as a gi...
20 Oct 2019
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The arrow in the picture points to the base of the 2nd metacarpal or 2nd carpometacarpal joint on the dorsum of the left hand. At this location, the most common causes of a painful lump or bump are: 2nd metacarpal bossing Synovitis of the insertion of the extensor carpi...
20 Oct 2019
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