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Knee Arthritis / Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee pain and arthritis can present itself in many ways. It results from the thinning of the cartilage of the knee joint, usually due to injury or ageing. There are a few forms of knee arthritis that range from degenerative types like osteoarthritis to inflammatory types like rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

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DR ONG KEE LEONG

Knee Arthritis / Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee pain and arthritis can present itself in many ways. It results from the thinning of the cartilage of the knee joint, usually due to injury or ageing. There are a few forms of knee arthritis that range from degenerative types like osteoarthritis to inflammatory types like rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

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Osteoarthritis

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

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

Gout

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.

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).

Medication can often manage the sudden attacks of pain. A commitment to disciplined low purine diet will also help to control the frequency of attacks. However, in severe cases where the knee joint is adversely affected with osteoarthritis, total knee joint replacement is an option that can give more long-lasting relief.

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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. In such cases, total knee joint replacement is a recommended option that yields optimal results.

Treatment Options

Non-Surgical Options

While there is no direct cure for arthritis, there are medications that can help manage the pain and discomfort it brings.

As with all conditions, Dr. Ong will first recommend a non-surgical treatment plan for you.

Lifestyle Modifications

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

  • Minimizing high-impact activities or sports that places high levels of stress on the knee
  • Reducing activities that aggravate arthritis (e.g. climbing stairs)
  • Losing weight sensibly

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 knee muscles to help you improve the mobility of your knee. The goal is to improve strength, increase endurance and to improve range of motion. It also helps to reduce the likelihood of future injuries.

Medications

Medications and pain relievers help to reduce inflammation and ease the knee discomfort in mild to moderate cases of knee arthritis. However, it may not be a satisfactory solution for severe knee arthritis.

Total Knee Replacement Surgery

When non-surgical treatment options are no longer effective, and your daily activities are limited due to knee arthritis, knee replacement surgery may be an option to consider.

Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the affected knee joint is replaced with artificial materials. Usually, the ends of the femur and tibia bone at the knee joint is removed and substituted with a metallic material. This technique replaces the damaged surfaces of the knee, which relieves the sharp pain that comes with putting weight on the knee when walking or standing.. It will allow you the opportunity to regain strength and mobility in your knee and resume normal activities without pain. .

Total knee replacement surgery is not a small surgery and certainly not a light decision to make. There are many factors to consider before making your decision. Make sure you book an appointment to discuss all your options and concerns with your surgeon before coming to a final decision.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Cause Of My Knee Pain?

There are many reasons why a knee may hurt. It can be from an acute injury sustained during a fall or from an awkward landing or twist during a sporting activity. This may have resulted in structural damage to the bone or soft tissues such as ligaments, menisci and cartilage.

If the knee pain is of more gradual onset over a longer period of time (usually weeks to months), it may be a result of degenerative conditions (such as osteoarthritis). Rarely, more sinister conditions such as deep knee infection, bone or soft tissue tumour may be the reason.

If your knee pain is not resolving early or is severe enough to affect daily activities, visiting an Orthopaedic specialist is the best way forward to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Is My Knee Pain Serious Enough For A Visit To A Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon?

When your knee pain becomes more persistent, the treatment options may be beyond your GP’s expertise. You should seek specialist medical advice from an orthopaedic surgeon if you experience any of the following:

  • Acute pain or swelling that lasts more than 48 hours
  • Pain after running, exercise, or on stairs
  • Instability or weakness when pressure is placed on the knee
  • Locking or stiffness of the knee joint
  • Inability to put full weight on your knee
  • A fever, in addition to redness, pain and swelling in your knee

If your knee pain is affecting your quality of life and you cannot perform everyday activities (such as standing or walking) it is highly advisable to see an orthopaedic surgeon for a detailed diagnosis and advice.

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.

Will I Need Surgery To Treat My Knee Pain?

After diagnosis, Dr. Ong will advise an individualised 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
  • NETS
  • PayNow and 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.

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.

Have an enquiry about your condition or a certain treatment?

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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

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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.