General Surgery

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on stomach contents, such as the liver, bowels, gallbladder, and appendix.

The Ultimate Guide to Pneumothorax in Singapore (2020)

This guide explains all you need to know about the condition known as pneumothorax or collapsed lung. We will discuss how pneumothorax is diagnosed and the treatment options available in Singapore. 

Whether you have a very mild case that resolves on its own or a more serious, recurring case that requires surgery, we will go into detail about the various treatment options for pneumothorax in Singapore so you know what to expect.

You will also find some tips for taking care of yourself post-surgery and precautions to take after recovery— let’s go!

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What is the treatment for multiple gallbladder polyps?

Gallbladder polyp is a common finding on abdominal imaging such as ultrasonography. Most of these polyps are not cancerous and only a small proportion of these polyps will progress to cancer. Unfortunately, it is rarely curable and prognosis is poor with less than 5% of patients with confirmed gallbladder cancer ...

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What are haemorrhoids? Is this a haemorrhoid? (photo)

What are Haemorrhoids? Haemorrhoids are anal cushions in your anal canal that help to keep your anus from leaking gas or stools. If these cushions are overstretched (usually from excessive straining when passing stools) these anal cushions can prolapse out of the anus. Sometimes they can bleed as the cushions are ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Colonoscopy in Singapore (2020)

This guide explains all you need to know about getting a colonoscopy in Singapore, including who should undergo a colonoscopy and why, the preparation required, the actual process as well as the cost incurred and current trends in Singapore.

I have written this article from my experience as a doctor (the first female colorectal surgeon at the Singapore General Hospital!) to explain the importance of a colonoscopy. I also hope to clear any doubts you may have and alleviate any fear of the procedure in an attempt to promote healthier colon health for all.

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What age group is most at risk of developing cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer can affect women in their reproductive age group all the way to women who are already grandmothers. So, there is a wide spectrum. In fact, the youngest person with cervical cancer in Singapore is a teenager, that is the youngest. The oldest I have seen is maybe a patient in their 90s. As long ...

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What kind of risks does a patient get exposed to when undergoing open surgery compared to keyhole surgery?

Open surgery requires a big cut to be made, and the surgeon has to reach into your body to cut the parts out. For keyhole surgery, incisions are made and instruments reach into your body to make the cuts rather than a surgeon’s hands. In that sense, keyhole surgery is a much harder surgery to perform. But ...

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From a medical point of view, what advice do doctors give patients after diagnosing them with stomach cancer?

Once you diagnose the cancer, there’s no option. Surgery is a must, it’s not like buying a car -- do I have that or not have that? When you get diagnosed with cancer, be it stomach cancer or colon cancer, there is essentially one option only. Look, here are the plain facts -- you’ve got cancer. ...

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Are there any dietary or lifestyle restrictions I need to undertake before going for stomach cancer screening?

No, not really. When you come to a specialist, it’s more of going through your symptoms and your risk factors. If it’s bloating and nothing more, then we look at the risk factors. If you’re 20 years old, no family history, and just bloating for a short period of time, stomach cancer will be the ...

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Are Indians less susceptible to stomach cancer because their diet contains lots of natural herbs like turmeric?

We know that turmeric and certain things are anti-carcinogenic. And we know some of the remedies, some of the pills do have turmeric. I don’t think it’s that in itself, but the Indians have a lower incidence of gastric cancer. The flip side of this is that the Indians have a higher incidence of ...

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What are the chances of stomach cancer returning after full recovery?

It goes back to staging. When we say staging, when we do the operation -- has the cancer spread further? Although we see it, it depends whether it has gone microscopic -- little cells that moved away beyond where we excise.  One of the things that we really know is that after we take the stomach away, we send ...

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