DR ONG KEE LEONG

Arthritis / Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is caused by an inflammation of the joints. It is often characterized by the swelling and tenderness in one or multiple joints. There are many different types of arthritis.

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DR ONG KEE LEONG

Arthritis / Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is caused by an inflammation of the joints. It is often characterized by the swelling and tenderness in one or multiple joints. There are many different types of arthritis.

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What is Arthritis?

Common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Oftentimes, your range of motion may also be affected and there may be redness around the affected joint.

Symptoms of arthritis often develop slowly over time. It is commonly seen in adults over the age of 50, but sometimes develop in children and younger adults.

Important Functions of the Foot & Ankle

Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that can be very painful. It is caused by the formation of crystals within the joints, causing swelling and inflammation of the joints. This may be related to a high purine diet.

It is often characterised by very sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling and tenderness in the joints. It usually affects one joint at a time. (often the big toe joint).

Gout can often manage the sudden attacks of pain.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory form of arthritis. It presents as an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the joint.

In these autoimmune cases, the disease can be managed with medication but can rarely be cured, and may eventually become irreversibly damaged. , If rheumatoid arthritis severely affects the knee specifically, total knee joint replacement is an option that may be recommended.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that occurs as one ages due to the wear and tear of the joints. It could also be related to lifestyle activities that you partake in, or due to previous injuries. This is the most common form of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis often affect individuals over the age of 50 but sometimes, younger people may be affected as well.

Medisave & Insurance Shield Plan Approved

For Singaporeans & Singapore Permanent Residents

Certain Orthopaedic procedures are claimable under Medisave, and the exact amount would depend on the complexity of the procedure. For other cases, please speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your insurance plan or Integrated Shield Plan.

Common Causes of Foot or Ankle Fractures

  • Rolling your ankle
  • Tripping or falling
  • Landing incorrectly during high-impact sports
  • Trauma from accidents

Treatments Options

Treatment of arthritis depends on the type of arthritis that one suffers from. The main goal of the treatment is to manage the symptoms (e.g. severe pain) that arise from arthritis, to improve the quality of life and prevent additional damage to other joints.

Lifestyle Modifications

Changes in lifestyle can help to reduce the impact on your joints and slow the progression of arthritis. Lifestyle changes can include:

  • Minimizing high-impact activities or sports that places high levels of stress on your leg joints (e.g. knee)
  • Reducing activities that aggravate arthritis (e.g. climbing stairs)
  • Losing weight
  • Regular low-impact exercise such as swimming

Physical therapy

Physiotherapy is the treatment of injury and disease using non-invasive techniques. It focuses on improving your ability to move and function without pain, boosting your quality of life.

Exercises performed during a physiotherapy session aids in the strengthening of your muscles around the affected joint to help you improve mobility. The goal is to improve strength, increase endurance and to improve range of motion. It also helps to reduce the likelihood of future damage to additional joints.

Medications

Medications and pain relievers to help reduce inflammation and ease your discomfort while managing the disease. They offer a solution if the condition is diagnosed early at a milder stage. They may sometimes not be a good long term solution if the condition is severe.

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
  • Personalised And Professional Approach To Deliver High-Quality Orthopaedic Care Based On The Most Up-To-Date Literature
  • Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure Smooth, Long-Term Recovery
  • Fellowship Trained Surgeon With 15 Years Of Experience In Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Problem-Oriented, Well-Organised and Individualized Treatment Plans Catered To Your Specific Needs
  • Specialist In The Management Of Sports Injuries And Degenerative Conditions Of The Shoulder And Knee Joints
  • Knowledgeable And Pleasant Clinical Staff To Assist You With Your Every Need Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure
  • Our Care Is Conveniently Accessible At Mount Elizabeth Novena and Farrer Park Hospital
  • Minimal Waiting Time For Initial Consultation
  • Assistance With Medical Claims (e.g. Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans)

“At our clinic, we generally try to explore non-surgical treatment such as activities modification, physiotherapy and orthotics before recommending invasive intervention options.”

Dr Ong Kee Leong

Why Choose Us

  • Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr. Ong is fellowship trained with 15 years of experience in orthopaedic conditions, with a subspecialty in the management of sports injuries and degenerative conditions of the shoulder and knee joints. Dr. Ong uses a personal and professional approach to deliver high-quality care, based on the most up-to-date medical literature.

  • Passionate About Sports Medicine

    Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated

  • Advanced Treatments

    Our treatment plans are problem-oriented, well organised and personalised, catering to each of your specific needs. We are also committed to seeing you through to recovery, where individualized aftercare plans are designed to ensure a smooth and long-term recovery.

  • Fast Recovery

    Our individualized treatment plans are designed to treat the cause of your injury quickly. We are passionate about getting you back in the game, and staying in the game. Our team is fully committed to returning you to the life and activities you love.

About Dr Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee surgery, arthroscopic sports surgery and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment of arthritis depends on the type of arthritis that one suffers from. The main goal of the treatment is to manage the symptoms (e.g. severe pain) that arise from arthritis, to improve the quality of life and prevent additional damage to other joints.

How Is Arthritis Initially Diagnosed?

Diagnosing your condition accurately is the first step towards successful treatment of arthritis. Your surgeon will first consider the symptoms that you present. He will then perform a physical examination to assess the joints and check for swelling or loss in range of motion. Scans like X-Rays and blood tests may also be used to confirm or distinguish the diagnosis from the different types of arthritis. Occassionally, and MRI scan may be useful to exclude other types of conditions that may be the cause of the symptoms.

Can My Arthritis Be Cured?

While there’s no direct cure for arthritis, the right treatment plan can help to manage your symptoms effectively and reduce any pain that may arise from arthritis.

Lifestyle changes, coupled with options like physiotherapy can improve your quality of life tremendously.

What Can I Expect At My First Visit With An Orthopaedic Surgeon?

At your first appointment with Dr. Ong, he will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing.

Depending on the symptoms you have, he will likely perform some form of diagnostic imaging (e.g. X-Rays or MRI scans) to assess your condition accurately. X-rays and CT scans are useful to rule out bony problems, whilst an MRI scan is excellent at looking at soft tissue (e.g. tendons, ligaments, cartilage) problems.

After assessing your condition, Dr. Ong will recommend a personalised treatment plan, according to your specific needs. This may include surgical or non-surgical treatment options.

What Modes Of Payments Do You Accept?

Consultation fees are charged based on length of consultation, and start from SGD 150 (within 30 minutes).

We accept the following modes of payment:

  • Cash
  • NETS
  • PayNow & PayLah!
  • All major Credit Cards

If you are insured and would like to use E-Filing or A Letter of Guarantee (LOG) from the major insurers in Singapore, please contact us, our friendly clinic staff will assist you and provide more information if required.

Have an enquiry about your condition or a certain treatment?

Fill up the form and we will get back to you soon!

Make An Enquiry

Prefer to talk? Call our clinic directly to make an enquiry at (65) 6884 6788

or Whatsapp us at (65) 9652 5022

our clinics

Visit Us Today

Mt Elizabeth Novena
Farrer Park Hospital

Your Treatment Roadmap With Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Registration

Our friendly clinical staff will assist you with your registration, ensuring an efficient and hassle-free process for you.

Specialist Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Ong will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing. You may also ask Dr. Ong any questions you may have about your condition.

Diagnosis Of Your Condition

Dr. Ong will likely perform some form of diagnostic imaging (e.g. X-Rays or MRI scans) to assess your condition accurately.

Treatment For Your Condition

After imaging, Dr. Ong will review the results of your scans thoroughly with you, and advise an individualised treatment plan just for you.

Follow Up Visits With Dr Ong

As you go through your treatment plan, Dr. Ong will follow up with you every step of the way, ensuring that you receive the dedicated care you deserve.

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"Moving your body the way nature intended is a freedom not well appreciated until it is lost. We are passionate about getting you back in the game, and staying in the game. Our team is fully committed to returning you to the life and activities you love."

Dr Ong Kee Leong

Billing & Payment

Consultation fees are charged based on length of consultation, and start from SGD$150 (within 30 minutes).

Modes of Payment

We accept the following modes of payment:

  • Cash
  • PayNow & PayLah
  • All major Credit Cards

If you are insured and would like to use a Letter of Guarantee (LOG) from the major insurers in Singapore, please contact us and our friendly clinic staff will assist you and provide more information if required.

Can I Claim Through My Medisave Account? (For Singaporeans and PR)

Yes, you can. Our Clinic is an accredited day surgery clinic by the Ministry of Health. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may use their Medisave for consultations, eligible orthopaedic procedures and medications at our clinic.

The exact amount would depend on the complexity of the procedure. If you have any enquiries, feel free to speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your Medisave account.

Integrated Shield Plans (Singaporeans and PRs)

Yes, patients who have purchased Integrated Shield plans with riders for co-insurance and deductibles will be able to use them in our clinic for eligible procedures. For more information, contact us to find out if your procedure is claimable.

The 6 Approved Integrated Shield Insurers are:

  • NTUC Income’s IncomeShield and Enhanced IncomeShield
  • American International Assurance International Co’s (AIA) HealthShield Gold
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co’s SupremeHealth and SupremeHealth Plus
  • Aviva Ltd’s MyShield
  • Prudential Assurance Co’s PRUShield
  • AXA Shield

Have an enquiry about your condition or a certain treatment?

Fill up the form and we will get back to you soon!

Make An Enquiry

Prefer to talk? Call our clinic directly to make an enquiry at (65) 6884 6788

or Whatsapp us at (65) 9652 5022

our clinics

Visit Us Today

Mt Elizabeth Novena
Farrer Park Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is My Condition Serious Enough For A Visit To A Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon?

    When specific conditions become more chronic and persistent, the treatment options may be beyond your GP’s expertise.

    If you experience severe pain, or if your pain is affecting your quality of life such that you cannot perform everyday activities normally (e.g. walking, standing or wearing clothes), visiting an Orthopaedic Surgeon for a detailed assessment and diagnosis is the best course of action.

  • What Can I Expect At My First Visit With An Orthopaedic Surgeon?

    At your first appointment with Dr. Ong, he will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing.

    Depending on the symptoms you have, he will likely perform some form of diagnostic imaging (e.g. X-Rays or MRI scans) to assess your condition accurately. X-rays and CT scans are useful to rule out bony problems, whilst an MRI scan is excellent at looking at soft tissue (e.g. tendons, ligaments, cartilage) problems.

    After assessing your condition, Dr. Ong will recommend a personalised treatment plan, according to your specific needs. This may include surgical or non-surgical treatment options.

  • Can I Continue My Sporting Activities If I Am Experiencing Pain (e.g. Shoulder, Knee or Hip Pain)?

    Dr. Ong always advises patients to listen to their bodies and not push through the pain barrier, especially if your pain is a direct result of sports injuries.

    If your pain does not subside with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and over-the-counter painkillers, it is highly advisable that you seek professional medical advice. Continuing with sporting activities will place additional strain on your body and worsen the condition.

  • Will I Need Surgery To Treat My Pain?

    After diagnosis, Dr. Ong will advise an individualized treatment plan that is customized to your specific needs. The treatment plan varies from patient to patient, and the condition you have.

    For less severe problems, Dr. Ong may recommend a non-surgical management plan (such as painkillers and physiotherapy) to treat your condition initially. If your symptoms do not improve or even worsen over the course of this treatment, Dr. Ong will review the treatment protocol and may advise surgery.

    Dr. Ong will only recommend surgical options when all other conventional non-surgical interventions have failed, or if non-surgical options will not work for your condition. For example, if you have a broken bone which is extremely painful and debilitating, you may benefit from immediate surgery.

  • What Modes Of Payments Do You Accept?

    Consultation fees are charged based on length of consultation, and start from SGD$150 (within 30 minutes).

    We accept the following modes of payment:

    • Cash
    • Paynow & Paylah
    • All major Credit Cards

    If you are insured and would like to use E-Filing or A Letter of Guarantee (LOG) from the major insurers in Singapore, please contact us, our friendly clinic staff will assist you and provide more information if required.

  • Can I Claim Through My Medisave Account? (For Singaporeans and PR)

    Yes, you can. Our Clinic is an accredited day surgery clinic by the Ministry of Health. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may use their Medisave for consultations, eligible orthopaedic procedures and medications at our clinic.

    The exact amount would depend on the complexity of the procedure. If you have any enquiries, feel free to speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your Medisave account.