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Overview

The Department of General Surgery has a distinguished history, having been established with the founding of the hospital in the 19th century.

The mission of the department is to advance surgical care, education and research in the Central Region of Singapore and beyond. We achieve this by providing  a comprehensive spectrum of services, tailored towards accurate and timely diagnosis with management of all general surgical conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. A drive towards minimally invasive surgery has resulted in a shorter length of stay for patients, smaller surgical incisions, reduction in morbidity and complications, and overall improvement in surgical outcomes. This has allowed an increasing proportion of surgical procedures to be performed in our ambulatory surgery centre where suitable patients are not required to be admitted to the hospital following their operation and can be discharged on the same day or after a short overnight stay.

We excel in both undergraduate and postgraduate education as the primary clinical training partner for Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University and also an affiliated teaching hospital of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. We are also a training centre for the National Healthcare Group General Surgery Residency Program and support other postgraduate programs and surgical specialties including the Surgery-in-General and Postgraduate Year 1 Residency Programmes. We are passionate about surgical education as this continues our strong tradition of ensuring high standards in the practise of the craft of Surgery.

The Department has also successfully introduced an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program, which was initially implemented in Colorectal Surgery and subsequently in the other sub-subspecialties. We are also active in initiatives to detect and treat fraility in our elderly surgical patients to optimise them for surgery and ensuring the best post-operative outcome.

Head of Department: Dr Tan Wei Leong, Glenn

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®)

ERAS® is a surgical care program that improves recovery through an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach.

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Recovery of Surgery in the Elderly (ROSE)

Your patient journey will vary slightly depending on your appointment type.

Surgery demands a lot of physiological reserves from the body. Elderly patients have limited reserves to cope with the surgical stress, and this may result in slower or poorer recovery from their procedures.

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List of services

  • Breast and Endocrine Surgery

    Our philosophy is that of a multidisciplinary approach towards the treatment of breast cancer. This ensures that patients benefit from the expertise of all the various specialities.

  • Colorectal Surgery

    We are a team of colorectal consultants that specialize in treating patients with benign or malignant diseases of the colon, rectum, anus, appendix and small intestine.

  • Hepatopancreatobilliary Surgery

    Hepatobiliary and Pancreas surgery team of Tan Tock Seng Hospital manages patients with diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile duct.

  • Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

    We are offer a variety of surgical procedures performed by our team of highly trained and dedicated surgeons, covering the entire spectrum of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery from breast surgery, craniomaxillofacial surgery, microsurgery, burns care and cosmetic treatments.

  • Thoracic Surgery

    The Thoracic Surgery Service at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) is dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the lung.

  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

    The Trauma and Acute Surgery unit is responsible for the trauma programmes and surgical critical care service at TTSH.

  • Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

    The Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Unit is a subspecialty team that provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach and intestines, as well as general surgical conditions.

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

    ​The Vascular and Endovascular Surgery service is actively involved in managing the entire spectrum of Arterial and Venous Conditions through both minimally invasive endovascular techniques and traditional open surgery.





















List of Related Clinics

Clinic 2A
Contact information
6357 7000
Location

Level 2,
TTSH Medical Centre

Operating hours

Mondays to Fridays:
8.30 am to 5.30 pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays:
Closed

Clinic 2B
Contact information

6357 7000
6889 4242

Location
Level 2,
TTSH Medical Centre
Operating hours

Mondays to Fridays:
8.30 am to 5.30 pm

Saturdays, Sunday and Public Holidays:
Closed

Clinic 3A
Contact information
6357 3774
6357 3775
Location
Level 3,
TTSH Medical Centre
Operating hours
Mondays to Fridays:
8.30 am to 5.30 pm
 
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays:
Closed
Clinic B1C
Contact information
6889 4785
(Physiotherapy)
 
6889 4848
(Occupational Therapy Clinic)

6889 4828
(Sports Medicine & Surgery Clinic)
 
6889 4828
(Upper GI, Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Service)
Location
Level B1,
TTSH Medical Centre
Operating hours
Mondays to Fridays:
8.00 am to 5.00 pm
 
Saturdays:
8.00 am to 12.00 pm
 
Eve of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year:
8.00 am to 12.00 pm
 
Sundays & Public Holidays:
Closed
Endoscopy Centre
Contact information
6357 8485
Location
Level 2,
TTSH Atrium Block
Operating hours

Mondays to Fridays:
8.00 am to 5.00 pm

 

Saturdays:
8.00 am to 2.00 pm

 

Sundays & Public Holidays:
Closed


The Breast Clinic
Contact information
Location
Basement 1,
TTSH Atrium Block
Operating hours
Mondays to Fridays:
8.30 am to 5.30pm 
 
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays:
Closed
2021/09/10
2021/08/25
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