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Getting to Know Dr Kannan Kaliyaperumal

"I treat my patients the same way I will treat my own family members and relatives. With the same love, care and compassion. When you do that, everything falls into place."

Dr Kannan Kaliyaperumal is an orthopaedic surgeon practising at Parkway East Hospital. His special interests are in using minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of lower leg, and foot & ankle disorders. 

  • Specialty:

    • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, National University of Singapore
    • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK
    • Master of Medicine (Orthopaedics), National University of Singapore
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthopaedics), UK
  • Languages Spoken

    • English
    • Indonesian
    • Mandarin
    • Tamil

Getting to Know Dr Kannan Kaliyaperumal

Getting to Know Dr Kannan Kaliyaperumal

Q: What kind of conditions do you treat, or specialise in treating?

I am an orthopaedic surgeon (bone and joint doctor) where I treat sports injuries, arthritic conditions of the joints, muscle and tendon problems, and fractures. I subspecialise in treating and reconstructing the lower limbs, specifically the knees, ankles and feet.

In Singapore, there are only a handful of surgeons whom are subspecialists in the area of reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and who are able handle complicated conditions.

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Q: Do you perform any kind of special treatments? If so, please share a little here.

​I specialise in minimally invasive surgery of the lower limb (keyhole surgery), which is an advanced surgical technique that enables patients to experience faster recoveries with minimal scarring than what is entailed during traditional invasive procedures. This allows for patients to resume their normal activity with less downtime.

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Q: Could you share your philosophy in treating patients?

It’s actually very simple. I treat my patients the same way I will treat my own family members and relatives. With the same love, care and compassion. When you do that, everything falls into place and it becomes very easy managing the patient.
When communicating with a patient or explaining a condition to a patient, I always put myself in the patient’s shoes. Honesty and being frank to patients about the diagnosis and treatment plan is very important. Patients always appreciate being given all the relevant information and options on the surgical management. I always provide a balanced opinion and tell patients what the best option is. This is when patients build their trust and realise that you have their best interests at heart.

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

​I have treated many complex and interesting cases, from kids to sportsmen to the elderly. It’s a little difficult to single out any one particular case. I have corrected deformities in children and that has enabled children to walk and run properly again.
I have fixed and treated complex injuries and fractures in adults where these patients were once told that it’s not possible to restore their function. I have also managed to salvage limbs with minimally invasive techniques, where previously only an amputation was offered as an option. Some of these cases are very complex requiring long patient follow-up care and sequential treatment.

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

I never fail to get immense satisfaction in getting my patients back on their feet soon after treatment. In many instances, after very simple interventions, the patient’s quality of life improves as they are able to return to their favourite sports, return to work, wear their favourite pairs of shoes again and engage in meaningful activities.
With modern day implants and cutting-edge reconstructive techniques as complements, I am grateful for the opportunity to help fulfil my patients’ lives.

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