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Dr Chua Soo Yong

"I treat all my patients like my friends or family. I aim to do the right thing for them, the first time round. The first rule in medicine – ‘first, do no harm’ – also resonates deeply within my beliefs."
Dr Chua Soo Yong is an orthopaedic surgeon practising at Parkway East Hospital. He does all aspects of spinal surgery in both open and minimally invasive techniques, with expertise in complex spinal conditions. Dr Chua also treats general orthopaedic conditions including trauma and degenerative or arthritic limbs.
  • Specialty:

    • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, National University of Singapore
    • Master of Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Languages Spoken

    • English

Getting to Know Dr Chua Soo Yong

Getting to Know Dr Chua Soo Yong

Q: What led you to become an orthopaedic surgeon, and to focus on the spine?

I became a doctor because I wanted to help people get better, to heal them. I decided to do orthopaedic surgery because I saw the amazing things orthopaedic surgeons did to change people's lives. It was inspiring. I decided to focus on the spine because spinal surgery is challenging, not just in terms of the technical aspects of surgery, but the diagnostic aspects. Getting down to the actual source of the pain in the spine is what is most challenging.

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Q: What kind of conditions do you treat, and what special treatments or procedures do you perform?

I treat all kinds of spinal conditions from the neck down to the pelvis. I do all types of minimally invasive surgery as well as large open surgeries that require complex planning and metallic hardware. I also treat general orthopaedic conditions, but I find spinal surgery more challenging and interesting, hence my preference to treat spinal conditions. I have a special interest in complex spinal surgery because I like the challenge.

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Q: Could you share your philosophy in treating patients?

I treat all my patients like my friends or family. I aim to do the right thing for them, the first time round. The first rule in medicine – ‘first, do no harm’ – also resonates deeply within my beliefs.

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Q: Briefly describe a particularly difficult case that you successfully treated using your expertise.

A few years ago, I came across a young man who was rather hunched. His spine was curved forward more than 90 degrees and his eyes were perpetually looking downwards at the floor. He came to see me on the verge of malnutrition because he could not eat as his curved spine caused severe pressure in his abdomen and stomach. I did a massive corrective surgery in his spine, and straightened it. The surgery was rather difficult and challenging but I am glad it went well. He is happily married now with 3 children. It was most satisfying for myself and him.

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Q: In what ways do you think your expertise can improve your patients' lives?

I think living in pain for spine patients is the most difficult thing. Some patients tell me they would rather die, which to them feels like the easier way out. Helping them relieve their pain and restoring their quality of life is the biggest thing I can do for them with my expertise.

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Q: What do you like most about your job as an orthopaedic surgeon?

I could never envision myself doing anything else. That smile and gratitude from my patients' faces when I know their pain is relieved is something truly priceless!

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