Dr James Wee Liang Hao

Orthopaedic Surgery

Credentials MBBS (S’pore), MRCS (Edin), MMED (Ortho), FRCS (Edin)(Ortho)
Language English, Mandarin Chinese, Hokkien
Background

Dr James Wee is a dual subspeciality fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who is accredited by the Ministry of Health in Singapore.  He was awarded a scholarship for clinical fellowships in Hip & Knee Surgery at Oxford University Hospitals, and Foot & Ankle Surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in the UK.

 

His passion in the field of orthopaedic surgery has seen him become the only dual subspeciality trained surgeon in Singapore who has accomplished clinical fellowships in both Hip & Knee Surgery and Foot & Ankle Surgery.  This unique combination of subspecialities has provided him with a deep insight into the holistic management of lower limb conditions.

 

Dr Wee obtained his M.B.B.S (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) degree from the National University of Singapore in 2005, having been placed on the Dean’s list with the Ivan Polunin gold medal.  He completed his postgraduate specialist training in orthopaedic surgery and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (F.R.C.S Edinburgh) in 2015.

 

He was appointed as a Consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), and has the distinction of having served as a Consultant with both the Hip & Knee Adult Reconstruction and the Foot & Ankle Surgery subspeciality units at TTSH.  Today, he serves as a Visiting Consultant with TTSH, where he continues to run a weekly clinic.

 

Hip & Knee Surgery and Oxford Partial Knee Replacement

 

The inspiration for “Oxford Orthopaedics” stemmed from Dr James Wee’s fellowship training in Hip & Knee Surgery at the Oxford University Hospitals in the UK, where he gained significant expertise in sports injuries, complex revision total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgery, and developed a special interest in the Oxford Partial Knee Replacement system.

 

During his fellowship in Oxford, he received extensive training in partial knee replacement with the acclaimed inventor-surgeons of the Oxford Partial Knee Replacement system, which is the world’s leading mobile-bearing partial knee replacement system.  Utilizing a smaller skin incision and a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) technique, partial knee replacement allows for safer, faster and better recovery after surgery, and can provide patients with a more natural-feeling knee when compared to conventional total knee replacement.

 

As one of the highest-volume Oxford partial knee replacement surgeons locally, Dr Wee led a multi-disciplinary team that pioneered Day Surgery partial knee replacement in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which has benefitted hundreds of patients by allowing accelerated recovery and early discharge home within a day after surgery.  In the process, he became heavily involved with training other consultant surgeons in performing the Oxford partial knee replacement.

 

Dr Wee is skilled in utilizing robot-assisted surgical techniques in hip and knee joint reconstruction to achieve more accurate and precise surgical outcomes for his patients.  Such robotic systems include Mako, ROSA, and NAVIO.  Locally, he was the first surgeon to perform a bilateral total knee replacement (TKR) with the ROSA robotic system using the latest Persona MC implant, and he was also the lead surgeon in the first bilateral posterior-approach total hip replacement (THR) with the Mako robotic system.

 

He is experienced in performing hip replacement surgery through the Direct Anterior Approach (DAA), which is an advanced technique that provides rapid restoration of mobility and better early functional outcomes after hip surgery.

 

Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery

 

Dr James Wee completed his Fellowship in Foot & Ankle Surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. This is a prestigious fellowship programme in the UK’s leading specialist orthopaedic hospital that oversees complex cases referred from across the nation.  His expertise in Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery encompasses sports injuries, degenerative conditions, neurological problems, and complex trauma.

 

Dr Wee has a special interest in applying Arthroscopic “Keyhole” Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) techniques, and he is skilled in MIS bunion and lesser toe deformity correction surgery.  He also employs arthroscopic “keyhole” techniques to treat a wide array of sports injuries and degenerative conditions afflicting the foot and ankle joints.

 

Collaborating with a like-minded colleague, Dr Wee developed a novel Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) procedure for treating recurrent ankle sprains, which requires only a single “keyhole” incision instead of the standard two- and three-incision methods.  This “Lasso” technique of ankle ligament reconstruction, which has been published, has benefitted scores of patients, allowing high-performance athletes and dancers to rapidly return to their sport.

 

Limb Lengthening & Limb Deformity Correction

 

Dr James Wee has a keen interest in the field of Limb Reconstruction Surgery, which includes Limb Lengthening and Limb Deformity correction surgeries.  He was trained in using Ilizarov techniques and computer-assisted Hexapod technology at renowned centres in Austria, Italy and South Africa.  He has accrued considerable experience in treating complex cases involving short limbs, congenital deformities, severe trauma and deep infections.

 

Harnessing his synergistic expertise in both Hip & Knee and Foot & Ankle surgery, Dr Wee pioneered and led the establishment of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Surgery (LLRS) service in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.  This multi-disciplinary service is the first dedicated LLRS unit of its sort in Singapore.