Senior Consultant Orthopaedic
Treatment of shoulder, knee, and elbow problems
Medical Conditions Treated:
English, Mandarin, Cantonese Hokkien, Hakka, Teochew
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edinburgh), MMED (Ortho), FRCS (Edinburgh)
Dr Tan Chyn Hong is a shoulder, knee, and elbow specialist surgeon who has worked with athletes ranging from national teams to professional footballers. He was previously the head of the division of Sports Medicine in the National University Hospital of Singapore before starting his private practice.
With a special interest in the treatment of shoulder, knee, and elbow problems, Dr Tan has made significant contributions to the medical field. He was an early adopter of implantless arthroscopic rotator cuff shoulder surgery in Singapore, pioneering the keyhole rotator cuff repair without using any metal or plastic implants.
Dr Tan was part of the workgroup appointed by the Ministry of Health in 2007, which developed the national clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee. In the same year, he was awarded the inaugural College of Surgeons Gold medal from the Academy of Medicine Singapore for being the most outstanding candidate in the fellowship examination of the Royal College of Surgeons (Orthopaedic Surgery) Edinburgh.
He completed his fellowship in Australia, where he received further subspecialty training in the shoulder, knee, and elbow. Dr Tan has extensive experience in dealing with knee problems such as meniscus surgery, ligament reconstruction (anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, collateral ligament), and cartilage regeneration. Most of these surgeries can be done arthroscopically with minimal pain and quicker recovery.
Notably, Dr Tan has represented Singapore in JUDO at the SEA Games, making him a high-level sportsman himself. With a team of orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians, and sports therapists, he provides comprehensive medical care to athletes and patients alike.