Ella Tan | On 23, Dec 2014
Dr CHIN PAK LIN is Medical Director and Hip and Knee Specialist at The Orthopaedic Centre (Novena). He is a regional expert in computer-aided techniques and robotic assisted surgery, specializing in minimally invasive techniques in joint reconstruction and rescue surgery.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore and received his Masters of Medicine in orthopaedic surgery, and Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He completed his orthopaedic fellowship as a Singapore Government/Ministry of Health scholar at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK in the field of Revision Joint Arthroplasty.
As a Consultant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Dr Chin pioneered key developments including computer-aided orthopaedic surgery and robotic knee surgery.
The Orthopaedic Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, #09-42, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563. Tel: 6339-5063
You have a family member scheduled for knee or hip replacement? With an ageing population, joint replacement is becoming increasingly common as arthritis or wear-and-tear damage cartilage around knee bones and hip joints. Replacing faulty parts allows people to regain mobility and independence, and with the advances in medical science the outcome, along with some physiotherapy, is generally positive.
However, you wonder whether the family should opt for the latest available (and much more expensive) replacement materials. Or should you stick with the standard parts. We ask Hip and Knee Specialist Dr Chin Pak Lin about the choice of replacement joints and the materials used.
People having surgery in Singapore’s restructured hospitals are assured that, “due to group purchasing orders, the price is very competitive and will not differ by more than 10%”.
“HOWEVER,” says Dr Chin, “new design implants are consistently costlier with NO proven record. To throw the spanner in the works, customized implants are now the talk of the town, in vogue BUT the price premium hardly justifies the unproven track record.”