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Overview

The Department of Urology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) was first formed as a subspecialty service within the Department of General Surgery in 1993, and eventually matured into its own Department in 2007 under the inaugural headship of Associate Professor Chia Sing Joo.

Since then, we have rapidly expanded our capabilities to become a one-stop centre providing a comprehensive range of urological subspecialty services. Today, the Department of Urology is headed by Adjunct Associate Professor Chong Yew Lam, and comprises 8 consultants and 2 associate consultants. We pride ourselves on becoming the department of choice for urological patient care and for staff to work in, through delivering excellent clinical care for our patients. This has been the result of having our specialists complete formal subspecialty training at best centres in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, as well as harnessing the best available technologies in the market to deliver cost-effective treatment to our patients with a gentle, caring touch.

List of Services

We work closely with our colleagues in the Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Radiology departments to provide holistic multi-disciplinary care for our cancer patients.

These include regular multi-disciplinary tumour board and uro-radiology case discussions for our patients.

In addition, we offer both open and minimally-invasive surgical options for all urological cancers. We were the first to perform radical perineal prostatectomy in Singapore in 1996 and also performed the first laparoscopic radical nephrectomy in the country in 2002 and the first laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in 2003. We launched our robotic surgery programme in 2010 and had completed 100 successful robotic surgeries by 2012. Today, our robotic radical prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy programmes are well established. We are also a referral centre for retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for men with testicular cancer. Finally, we regularly collaborate with our General Surgery colleagues and gynaecologists (from the neighboring KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital) to perform complex pelvic oncology surgeries.

In terms of state-of-the-art cancer diagnostics, we were the first in the region to provide magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-fusion transrectal prostate biopsy for the diagnosis of prostate cancer. As part of our well-rounded care for cancer patients, we formed the TTSH Prostate Cancer Support Group in August 2011. This popular support group meets regularly and includes participants from other restructured hospitals in Singapore.


We have a very high volume of urinary stones cases and our team offers a comprehensive suite of minimally-invasive treatments for our patients, including extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), flexible ureterorenoscopy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and laparoscopic ureterolithotomy.

We also pioneered supine PCNL in Singapore.

Since 2014, we were the first hospital in Singapore to utilise the 180-W XPS Greenlight laser for transurethral vaporization of the prostate (TUVP) for benign prostatic hyperplasia. This is an invaluable option for high-risk patients due to the lower bleeding risk and the fact that patients do not need to stop their anti-platelet and anti-coagulation treatments for surgery.


We have a dedicated complex erectile dysfunction (CED) clinic and also a sexual wellness clinic with occupational therapists and psychologists to help patients with sexual dysfunction.

We were also the first restructured hospital in Singapore to start the clinical service of low intensity extracorporeal shockwave treatment (LI-ESWT) for patients with erectile dysfunction.

In addition, we provide a full range of andrology surgeries including penile prosthesis surgery, surgery for Peyronie’s disease and microsurgical procedures such as varicocoelectomy and vasectomy reversals.

Finally, we run a regular subfertility clinic at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.


Neuro-urology is one of the biggest strengths of our department and we collaborate closely with our rehabilitation medicine colleagues in a multi-disciplinary clinic at Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital focusing on patients with neurological problems, including spinal cord injury.

We also have a dedicated pelvic floor clinic for patients with functional urology and incontinence issues. Our multi-disciplinary team include fellowship-trained urologists, nurse clinicians and physiotherapists and provide a comprehensive one-stop service for the assessment and management of patients who need urodynamic evaluation and complex reconstructive surgery, including urethroplasty, minimally-invasive repair of vesico-vaginal fistula and incontinence surgery.


The department is an active contributor to the training of local and regional urologists through the organisation of numerous conferences and workshops. These include:

  • Robotic Prostatectomy Expert Symposium (2011)
  • 2nd TTSH Robotic Prostate and Bladder Surgery Expert Symposium (2013)
  • Good Urodynamics Practice Course (2014)
  • 3rd TTSH Robotic Kidney Surgery Expert Symposium (2015)
  • 1st Advances in Endourology Symposium (2015)

Our high surgical volume, coupled with the strong institutional culture of teaching, has seen our department become a teaching centre for urologists from regional countries wishing to understudy the latest techniques in endourology and minimally invasive surgery via our minimally invasive fellowship programme.

We also have a strong residency programme with our residents regularly publishing in peer-reviewed journals and consistently winning awards at local examinations and conferences.

















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List of Related Clinics

Clinic 2A
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Contact information
Fax
6889 4260
Location
Level 2,
TTSH Medical Centre
Operating hours
Mondays to Fridays:
8.00 am to 5.30pm

Saturdays:
8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Sundays and Public Holidays:
Closed
Clinic 2B
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Contact information
Fax
6889 4260
6732 7510
Location
Level 2,
TTSH Medical Centre
Operating hours
Mondays to Fridays:
8.00 am to 5.30pm

Saturdays:
8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Sundays and Public Holidays:
Closed
Endoscopy Centre
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Contact information
Location
Level 2,
TTSH Medical Centre
Operating hours
Monday to Friday:
7.00am-9.30pm

Saturday:
7.00am - 3.30pm

Sunday & Public Holiday:
Closed

Endoscopy Centre provides a comprehensive range of endoscopical services using state of the art technology to cater for patients with various medical and surgical conditions. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors and nursing staff work towards providing you and your family a one-stop seamless experience in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy.

 

We provide the following range of services.

Gastroscopy

 

Gastroscopy is an endoscopical procedure commonly used to inspect the uppergastrointestinal tract for symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal pain and bloating. It is also the most effective screening tool for stomach cancer.

Colonoscopy & Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

 

Colonoscopy is an endoscopical investigation for large bowel related conditions including change of bowel habit. It is also the recommended procedure for colorectal cancer screening.

Cystoscopy

 

Cystoscopy is an endoscopical procedure designed to inspect the bladder and the urethra. It is frequently carried out to investigate specific urological conditions including enlargement of the prostate gland and other abnormal findings in the urine.

Bronchoscopy

 

Bronchoscopy is a visual examination of the air passages leading to the lungs. It is use to evaluate symptoms such as coughing of blood, noisy or abnormal breathing, or to determine the cause of an abnormal chest X-ray. Bronchoscopy is often performed under local anesthesia with an anaesthetic agent applied into the nose and to the back of the throat. A light intravenous sedative may also be given to help the patient relax.

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography)

 

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography, or ERCP, is a combined endoscopical and radiological procedure to study the bile duct and the pancreatic duct. ERCP is performed using a special side-viewing endoscope which allows a detailed examination of the common channel of the bile duct and pancreatic duct, otherwise known as the ampulla. This procedure is frequently employed to investigate any narrowing of the ducts and to treat stone diseases.

Others

  • EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound)
  • Double Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Video Capsule Endoscopy
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