Dr Looi Kok Poh, Hand Wrist & Reconstructive Microvascular Surgeon
Dr Looi Kok Poh also commonly known as Doctor Looi KP, or Dr KP Looi, is a prominent Orthopedic Hand & Wrist as well as Reconstructive Microvascular Surgeon in Singapore.
Dr Looi Kok Poh’s medical clinic, Hand Wrist and Microsurgery Centre, is located in Gleneagles Medical Centre.
Dr Looi Kok Poh is a visiting consultant to the Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery at the NUH, where he educate other medical professionals and also treat clients. He also presently serves as the Chairman of Wrist Interest Group of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery. He has also served as the past President of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery.
Dr Looi KP regularly speaks at both local, regional and international seminars. Many of his academic research study were featured in numerous publications. He is also involved in ongoing National Medical Study Council funded research projects with the National Teaching Hospital.
Dr Looi continuously provide up-to-date medical care for patients in the area around Orthopedic, Hand, Wrist and Reconstructive Microsurgical conditions.
Types of Hand Injuries Treated By Dr Looi Kok Poh
Common reasons of hand injuries include work-related tasks, sports or recreational activities, fistfights, projects around the home and accidental falls.
There are several hand and wrist injuries that some athletes may experience. These injuries can be classified into 2 categories: Overuse (chronic) and Traumatic (acute).
Overuse Injuries. Overuse injuries (chronic injuries) are stressed-induced. These include nerve injury, tendon inflammation and dislocation, as well as overuse stress fractures. The possibility for a long term disability is not high compared to traumatic injuries but if these injuries are not treated, an athlete’s performance may be greatly affected. If the injury persists, there may be a need for surgical treatment.
Traumatic Injuries. Traumatic injuries (acute injuries) are likely to occur in athletes participating in contact sports (hockey, football, soccer, etc.) Some examples of traumatic injuries include spraints, joint dislocations, broken bones, muscle strains, ligament tears, and tendon inflammation. The most common injuries for athletes are finger injuries.
Common Treatments for Hand Injuries
Being aware of the treatments for hand injuries in significantly important in the healing of a person suffering a hand injury. Here are the common treatments.
Splint, braces, cast, or physical therapy can be used to treat hand injuries. However, for some scenarios, carpal tunnel release, wrist fusion, thumb joint replacement may be required depending on the severity of the injury.
Dr Looi Kok Poh Qualification & Awards
Doctor Looi Kok Poh graduated from the National University of Singapore. After finishing his basic medical and surgical degrees in Singapore, Dr Looi advanced to become a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1994 and enhanced his training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, and fine-tuned his surgical skills in Orthopedic, Hand, Wrist and Microsurgery with numerous noteworthy surgeons all over the world.
Dr Looi was awarded with numerous scholarships and won prestigious awards such as the NUH Young Doctors Award of 2000. Dr KP Looi was also the winner of the Youthful Orthopedic Surgeon Award of 2000. Dr Looi acted as the SOA ambassador to HKOA in 2000.
Reviews on Dr Looi Kok Poh
Testimonial by Mr Oliver Hall
“I suffered a serious hand injury while playing sport and was admitted to the emergency room at gleneagles hospital. The nature and severity of the injury led to Dr Looi Kok Poh to be called to assess the injury and carry out emergency surgery. The surgery was a success and the post operative care was exceptional.
As a sportsman in my formative years and now working in the sport industry, I have both suffered and seen many injuries. The specific care and rehabilitative understanding that a sportsman/woman requires is particularly important. In my opinion, Dr Looi KP is a highly skilled and diligent surgeon who I would not hesitate to use again and recommend to others.
If you wish to discuss my experience with Doctor Looi Kok Poh then please do not hesitate to contact me”
Testimonial by Mrs. Hetty Vosselman
“End of March 2008 I had an accident with a glass bathroom screen. I had an arterial bleeding and lots of cuts on my left arm and wrist. I went to the Emergency Room of Changi Hospital where they treated my wounds and I left with a cast and a thumb that was numb.
The next day I went to my General Practioner who sent me to Dr Looi Kok Poh. Dr Looi KP made time for me immediately and the same day I was in the hands of a very good hand surgeon. Dr Looi examined my hand again and decided that he needed to operate because the tendon that moves the thumb was torn because of the glass impact. He operated on me and was very careful. When he realised that he needed to take a piece of tendon to transplant from my underarm, he first asked my husband permission and let him sign the necessary documents before he went on with the operation.
I went to the clinic for 2 times a week for a check up on the wound and the healing process, this lasted about 6 weeks. I was very happy that the feeling in my thumb returned, because as a goldsmith it is very important to use my hands.
For me Dr. Looi is a very important person that I regularly met during the last few years in Gleneagles Hospital because some pieces of glass still come out of my wrist and hand. He is always there when I need him and we have a very good doctor-patient relationship. I respect him a lot and think he is an outstanding hand surgeon in Singapore.”
Dr Looi Kok Poh’s Academic Work
1. Looi KP, Yap YM, Low CK. Extraarticular pigmented villonodular synovitis of the tendoachilles: A unique case. Ann Acad Med Singapore 28: 602-4, 1999.
2. Looi KP, Teh M, Pho RWH. An unusual case of multiple recurrence of glomangioma. Journal Hand Surgery 24(B): 3: 387-389,1999
3. Low CK and Looi KP; Ilizarov’s Technique Used To Expand Skin From Groin Flap.Journal of Hand Surgery 24(B): 3: 361-362,1999
4. Looi KP, Chia CS, Kour AK, Pho RWH; Customized staples fixation for Hand and Wrist Fractures. Journal Hand Surgery 22(B): 6; 726-9, 1997
5. Looi KP, Lim CS, Ng BK; Gastric Stump Carcinoma: A Surgical Challenge. Singapore Medical Journal, 37(2) 184-5, Apr 1996
6. Peng YP, Looi KP, Low CK. Comparison of first carpometacarpal joint arthrodesis with contralateral excision arthroplasty in a patient with bilateral saddle joint arthritis: a case report. Ann Acad Medicine Singapore 28:451-4,1999
7. Kour AK, Looi KP, Pho RWH; Hand infections in patients with Diabetes. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (331): 238-44, 1996.
Dr Looi Kok Poh’s Teaching Faculty
1. Clinical Instructor, Mayo Graduate School.
2. Clinical teacher, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore
3. Instructor of the Advance Trauma Life Support Course
4. Teaching Faculty of the Annual Post-Graduate Orthopedic Course
5. Teaching Faculty of the Annual Comprehensive Hand Review Course
6. Teaching Faculty of the Annual Hand Occupational Therapy Seminar 2000
7. Teaching Faculty of the International Symposium on Stress and Stain Disorder: Prevention and Management.
8. Teaching Faculty of Annual General Practitioners Seminar organized by the association of general practitioner.