Here at KYM Surgery, we specialize in utilizing minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) to minimize complications, increase recovery rate, and reduce size of scars.
“1 in 2 will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime”
Surgical oncology is a cancer care field that focuses on using surgery to diagnose, stage and treat cancer. The passion in KYM Surgery to understand and help treat this disease from every angle of care that a patients with cancer needs.
When a patient is faced with the diagnosis of cancer, the one and only question that each and everyone of us will have is “can I be cured?” The answer to this depends on the type of cancer and the role of surgery is to consider whether a patient is a candidate for surgery but there are several factors to consider such as the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor/cancer, as well as other medical conditions.
This holistic approach is provided by the expertise at KYM Surgery and it will ensure that the best and appropriate treatment is provided with surgery as well as non-surgical treatments. We work very closely with renowned experts in this field so as to combine with other treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or hormone therapy.
The utmost importance is to diagnose the cancer in the early stages where symptoms may not have appeared. KYM Surgery provides a comprehensive screening service with the hope to detect early cancers in patients so as to prevent the cancer spreading and to provide a cure.
Depending on the type of cancer, the size of the tumor and its location, most surgeries undertaken at KYM Surgery is performed using minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy (KEYHOLE SURGERY). This ensures lower surgical complications, smaller scars, lower blood loss during surgery and a much faster recovery for patients.
- Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the inside of the colon (large intestine or large bowel). The colonoscope is a four-foot long, flexible tube about the thickness of a finger with a camera and a source of light at its tip.
- A gastroscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is used to look inside the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It's also sometimes referred to as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The endoscope has a light and a camera at one end.
- Screening for Cancer
- Gastrectomy – Partial or total surgical removal of the stomach
- Oesophagectomy – Partial or total surgical removal of the oesophagus
- Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Surgery
- Sigmoidoscopy - a minimally invasive procedure in which a slim tube with a camera is inserted into the rectum to examine the last part of the colon called the ‘sigmoid colon’.
- Colonoscopy - is a similar procedure to sigmoidoscopy but involves an examination of all of the colon and rectum.
- Removing pre-cancerous polyps from the colon
- Treatment of colon cancer
- Bowel resection: the removal of a section of the bowel to treat diverticulitis
- Repairing anal fissures
- Haemorrhoid (piles) removal
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy – ‘keyhole’ surgery. The surgeon passes instruments, a light, and a camera through several small cuts in the belly, allowing access for a range of instruments. The surgeon then removes the gallbladder through one of the incisions.
- Open Surgery (laparotomy) – the surgeon reaches the gallbladder through a wider abdominal incision. You might need open surgery if you have scarring from prior operations or a bleeding disorder.
- There are three main types of hernia surgery; open hernia repair, laparoscopic (keyhole) hernia repair and robotic hernia repair.
- Dr Kan is regularly invited throughout the region to teach on hernia workshops on the intricate techniques of surgery for hernia repair. He operates on the very simple groin hernia to the very complex incisional and recurrent hernia on a daily basis with a vast experience extending over one and a half thousand cases.
- After an intense 18 month training in a regional centre in the UK, Dr Kan is also one of a few surgeons in Singapore to have special expertise in hernia repair in children.
Surgery to remove part of the liver is called partial hepatectomy. This operation is considered for a single tumour that has not grown into blood vessels. It is only an option in patients with good liver function who are healthy enough for surgery.
There are several different operations for pancreatic cancer. They involve removing all or part of the pancreas, and sometimes other areas around it.
- Whipple’s operation
- Pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (PPPD)
- Distal pancreatectomy
- Total pancreatectomy
- The surgeon uses laparoscopy (which involves small cuts in the belly) to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with about an inch-wide outlet. After banding, the stomach can hold only about an ounce of food.
- Sleeve (Stapling)
- Either staples or a band are used to separate the stomach into two parts, one of which is a very small pouch that can hold about one ounce of food. The food from this "new" stomach empties into the closed-off portion of the stomach and then resumes the normal digestive process.
- Gastric Bypass
- Gastric bypass surgery shrinks the size of your stomach, so you can't eat as much as you used to. The surgeon will also re-route, or bypass, part of your digestive system so you don't absorb as much food.
- Gastric Ballooning
- A gastric balloon, also known as stomach balloon, is an inflatable medical device that is temporarily placed into the stomach to reduce weight.
General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland (depending on local reference patterns). Dr Kan also deals with diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, trauma, peripheral vascular surgery and hernias.