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Getting to Know Dr Eng Soh Ping

"Having open communication and a caring and friendly relationship with patients allow me to achieve the best treatment outcomes."

Dr Eng Soh Ping is an otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist practising at Parkway East Hospital. He has a strong pioneering spirit and has performed several firsts in the field of otology. He is one of the first ENT surgeons in Southeast Asia to perform the hybrid cochlear implant, as well as the semi-implantable hearing air (Retro-X).

  • Specialty:

    • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Singapore
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Otorhinolaryngology), UK
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (Otorhinolaryngology), UK
    • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Otorhinolaryngology), Singapore
    • Diploma in Otology & Laryngology, Royal College of Surgeons of England
    • Graduate Diploma in Acupuncture
  • Languages Spoken

    • Cantonese
    • English
    • Hokkien
    • Indonesian
    • Teochew

Getting to Know Dr Eng Soh Ping

Getting to Know Dr Eng Soh Ping

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

Unlike other surgical specialties, ENT is rather broad based in its scope. My general ENT training allows me to manage sinus and nose conditions (sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, nose blockage, nose bleed, nose cancer), throat and voice conditions (sore throat including tonsillitis, hoarse voice, throat cancer, swallowing issues), snoring and sleep apnoea, neck conditions (thyroid, salivary glands-submandibular and parotid, neck lumps) and finally ear disorders (hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus, ear discharge, ear infection and tumours) in both adults and children.

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

I perform sinus surgery using image guided systems and balloon sinuplasty for better safety and accuracy. I also perform cochlear implant for profoundly deaf patients and other types of hearing restoration surgeries including stapedotomy and ossiculoplasty.

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Q: Could you share your philosophy in treating patients?

The challenge in all surgical practice is that there will always be difficult and challenging cases which may not respond to standard treatment. As such, one must never give up and I try to work with patients to achieve the best outcome possible. If I cannot cure them, then I try to ease their discomfort. Having open communication and a caring and friendly relationship with patients allows me to do that well.

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

I once saw a young man (foreigner) who was born profoundly deaf and hence, was unemployed and could not perform any significant jobs in his society. After several investigations, we felt we could give him some sense of hearing through a cochlear implantation. #readmore

A year later, I received a letter from him to thank me for the work we did for him. He expressed how the surgery has transformed his life. He is learning to speak and could now call his father’s name, which means a lot to him. He aspires to continue his education and apply for a job soon in his home country.

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

Ear, Nose and Throat conditions could potentially affect our sense of hearing, smell and even taste – that would be 3 out of 5 of our human senses and so the impact of cure is significantly appreciated. #readmore

People suffer from ENT problems every day, including ear wax impaction, sinus and allergies, snoring, runny nose, coughing, nose bleeds, etc. A large proportion of my work involves outpatient care where these problems are assessed and managed effectively. Of course, there are the more serious and sinister conditions which I manage through surgical treatment in the operating room. Through my work, I hope to cure many of their medical conditions, relief their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.

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