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Dr Wee Teck Huat Andy

"What I like most about my job is the ability to make a difference to patients who want to be active, especially the athletes who strive to excel in their field. Nothing less than a perfect surgery will do, and that is what I strive to provide them with."
Dr Andy Wee Teck Huat is an orthopaedic surgeon practising at Parkway East Hospital. Dr Wee’s special interests are in arthoscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip and ankle, especially in sports injuries and shoulder/elbow conditions.
  • Specialty:

    • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Qualifications

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

    • English
    • Mandarin

Getting to Know Dr Wee Teck Huat Andy

Getting to Know Dr Wee Teck Huat Andy

Q: What led you to become an orthopaedic surgeon, and to focus on sports and arthroscopic surgery, as well as shoulder and elbow injuries?

Interestingly, I grew up with no aspirations of being a doctor, I was a national squash player in my younger years, representing the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the nation in squash. My interest in sports spilled over to my career, and I grew interested in sports injuries. To deal with sports injuries, I needed to be an orthopaedic surgeon. After completing medical school and specialist training, and becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, I decided to do a fellowship in sports and arthroscopic surgery at the world-renowned Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario.

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I am also one of a handful of orthopaedic surgeons in Singapore who then went on to do a second subspecialty fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery, and this I did at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. I wanted to do shoulder and elbow surgery on top of treating sports injuries and performing arthroscopic surgery, as many of the athletes I treated had shoulder and elbow injuries, and there were not many specialists in Singapore who were good in this area. 

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Q: Please share with us some of your experiences as a doctor treating athletes with sports injuries.

My most memorable experiences as a doctor revolved around treating the numerous national and competitive athletes over the last 7 years. The athletes I treat come to me through word-of-mouth and recommendations from their teammates whom I have treated. The sports they play range from soccer, netball, basketball, hockey, athletics, wakeboarding, floorball, softball, badminton, etc. The sight of them going back to training and competing at their optimal level gives me great satisfaction. Being an ex-national athlete, I can relate to and understand their concerns, as well as their dying urge to return to competitive sports.

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

I treat sports injuries of the knee, hip shoulder, elbow and ankle. I do mainly arthroscopic surgery on these injuries when it is advisable to do so. I have performed close to 2,000 arthroscopic surgeries of the various joints over the last 7 years. The most common conditions I see are anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or meniscus tears of the knee. I have performed over 1,000 arthroscopic ACL and meniscus surgeries alone.

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My other subspecialty interest and training is in treating shoulder and elbow injuries. These include sports related injuries like shoulder dislocation and elbow ligament tear, overuse injuries like tennis elbow, degenerative conditions like rotator cuff tear and shoulder/elbow arthritis, and fractures around the shoulder and elbow. I am well-versed in fracture fixation, joint replacement, and arthroscopy of both the shoulder and elbow joint, depending on what treatment is best for the condition.

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Q: Could you share your philosophy in treating patients?

My philosophy in treating patients is to treat them as if they are my own family. This will naturally result in me selecting the most appropriate treatment plan for them. My second philosophy is that there must be complete trust between the doctor and patient, so that we make a combined decision on what is best for the patient, based on my recommendation while keeping in mind the patient’s wishes and goals.

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

One of the most interesting patients I treated was a competitive athlete who had recurrent dislocations of his shoulder with 3 surgeries done. He continued to dislocate his shoulder despite 3 previous surgeries, and was on the brink of giving up his sport completely. We had a lengthy discussion before surgery, and I went on to perform his 4th shoulder surgery. It has been 3 years and he has not dislocated his shoulder since then, and is back to playing badminton.

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

What I like most about my job is the ability to make a difference to patients who want to be active, especially the athletes who strive to excel in their field. Nothing less than a perfect surgery will do, and that is what I strive to provide them with.

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I also like to treat patients with elbow conditions. It is an area very few orthopaedic surgeons are really good at. I feel that my training at the Mayo Clinic under my mentor, Dr Bernard Morrey, a world-renowned elbow surgeon, as well as the many years I have spent treating various elbow conditions, can contribute to a good patient outcome.

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