I have had a double fellowship as part of sub-specialist training. I was trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques under the pupilage of Dr. Jean-Louis Dulucq at the Institute of Laparoscopic Surgery in Bordeaux, France. Dr. Dulucq is distinguished among the foremost laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgeons in Europe with a wide repertoire of advanced upper gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and colorectal operations under his belt. I was then awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme Award by the Ministry of Health in 2008, and spent a year in St. George Hospital, Kogarah-Sydney, New South Wales, Australia under the pupilage of Dr. John Jorgensen, Dr. Michael Talbot and Dr. Ken Loi. My repertoire in advanced laparoscopy, and in particular upper gastrointestinal and bariatric work was further honed with the vast spectrum and high volume of complicated oncological (cancer), functional, bariatric (weight loss surgery) and metabolic work. I have been actively teaching in advanced laparoscopic techniques, being involved in faculties of local masterclasses and the regional Asia Endosurgery Task Force, sharing my experience and encouraging the adoption of advanced surgical techniques among the surgeons in South East Asia and wider East Asia. It is my belief that minimal access surgery is the now and future of surgical treatment, providing greater surgical precision and better results with faster recovery and better patient comfort, without any compromise in surgical efficacy. My expertise lies in abdominal and digestive surgery, applying the techniques of minimal access surgery to treat conditions of the digestive tract – be it in the upper gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach and duodenum), lower gastrointestinal tract (small and large intestine), hepatobiliary tree (liver and gallbladder) or abdominal wall conditions like abdominal and groin herniae. I have significant experience and training in radical oncological surgery, applying the techniques of systematic extensive lymphadenectomy in oesophageal and stomach cancer. I am a proponent of radical lymphadenectomy especially in the context of stomach cancer, combined with a joint management with medical oncology, for the best possible long-term control of disease and overall survival. I also have a deep passion for bariatric (weight loss) and metabolic (diabetic and related conditions) surgery. With the rising epidemic of obesity and increasing recognition of its related illnesses like diabetes, heart diseases and cancer, I am convinced that obesity is a true medical condition that can be successfully overcome with surgery. I also advocate surgery to help patients who are battling worsening and uncontrollable weight-related metabolic disorders like diabetes, hyperlipidaemia (high cholesterol), fatty liver, gout and obstructive sleep apnoea. Recognising obesity as a medical, and not just a cosmetic, disease, I believe that while surgery provides the best possible results for weight and metabolic control, a multi-disciplinary approach is the catalyst for sustained long-term results. I am a founding member and currently-serving committee member of the OMSSS (Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society of Singapore), contributing to the work of like-minded local-regional surgical professionals. Learn more about Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital here: https://patients.smarterhealth.my/hospital/mount-elizabeth-novena-hospital-singapore/ Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.my/specialist-doctor/foo-chek-siang/ I am excited to be here to share/discuss Digestive Health with everyone. Whether you've got questions about oesophageal and gastric cancers, bariatric or metabolic surgeries, ask me anything! === Want to ask a question? Submit your question at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to include your name and email address to get notified when the doctor answers your question.
Doctor, my mother is 54 years old and was diagnosed with gallstones. Her doctor said there are a lot of stones in her gall. She feels nausea and vomits constantly and there is no food she can swallow. She is weak and her skin has turned yellow. What is the best treatment for her knowing that she cannot eat any food?
Doctor, I have a chronic ulcer but I am scared of doing an endoscopy. What should I do?
My dad has umbilical hernia. His doctor advised him to undergo surgery. Is there any chance for this hernia to recur after surgery? What are some factors that can make hernias recur?
Doctor, my friend was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Is this contagious? What are the symptoms I have to watch out for? Because lately I have been feeling nausea and have been vomitting.
Doctor, my stomach often produces sounds even when I am not hungry. Sometimes, I am embarrassed of it because it is very loud. I have been experiencing this for 1 month. What should I do to stop it?
Hello Doctor, I want to ask. My father has been experiencing bowel obstruction for 3 days. His stomach is tight and he complains about discomfort in his stomach. Why is that Doc? Should I take him to see a doctor?
Hello, Doctor. These few days I feel like there is something in my stomach going up to my throat. Is this acid reflux? But I don’t feel any pain or nausea. Does this mean there is a problem with my stomach?
Doctor, my grandfather is 68 years old. He vomits every time he eats. Is this a stomach problem? What is the medicine for this? Thank you
Doctor, the part of my stomach above the navel is hard and I have constipation. Why is this so, Doc?
Hi Doctor, why is it that every evening at 6pm, I often feel anxious and start shaking?
Doctor, my epigastrium hurts if I eat spicy food or drink coffee. I didn’t have this problem back then. So why do I have it now?
Doctor, I have a problem with gastric acid. I have been taking sucralfate, vometa. After taking these medicines, I feel better, until the problem recurs. Is it safe to consume these medicines on a long term basis? Or is there any other way to cure my gastric acid issue permanently?
Doctor, my mother is 70 years old, and she often has gastric pain that radiates through her back. Her gall has been removed. She complains about pain below the navel. She consumes controlog, motilium, lansaprazole. What problem is this, Doc? What is the best treatment? Thanks
Doctor, what is the cause of pain on the lower right stomach and the problem of releasing gas?
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