Hand surgery in Singapore is unique as a separate specialty with its own training path. Our department was established in 1990 with the objectives of advancing the specialties of hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. Prior to this, our surgeons had already achieved several important milestones, including the replant of an amputated thumb in Singapore in 1977 and the free vascularised fibular graft transfer to the forearm in 1978.
We are an academic hand surgery department with equal emphasis on clinical work, teaching, and research. In addition to the treatment of traumatic and degenerative conditions of the upper limb, the department also provides care for congenital differences, musculoskeletal tumours, brachial plexus injuries, and sports-related conditions of the hand and wrist. We work closely with the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma and provide soft tissue coverage for open fractures of the lower limb. The department runs a Microsurgery Training Laboratory with regular basic and advanced microsurgical courses. A dedicated outpatient facility - the Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Centre (HRMC) opened in April 2011, creating a one-stop centre for hand surgery in the region.