Monthly Archives - February 2015

Ask the Knee Orthopaedic Expert

Knee orthopaedic Dr Kevin Lee recently answered various questions on knee issues from Lianhe Zaobao readers in "Ask the Expert" column. These questions range from knee pain when climbing stairs to Glucosamine supplements to knee replacement surgery. Read them below!  

Q: My mum has been having knee joint problems for many years and now climbing stairs is hard for her as well. Is there anything that can be done to help her?

A: Your mum should first consult a knee orthopaedic specialist for a more detailed examination. Her condition may be caused by osteoporosis and her knee cartilage might be worn out. The knee cartilage serves as a "lubricant" for the knee joint to move freely without pain. The type of treatment for osteoporosis depends on the severity of the condition.

Q: Can Glucosamine be taken for long term? Can it be taken along with other Calcium supplements?

A: Glucosamine can be taken for long term and along with other Calcium supplements. However, the clinical effectiveness of Glucosamine is not very significant. I seldom prescribe it to my patients since there are better alternatives for joint care available in the market.

Q: Can I still undergo knee replacement surgery at the age of 78?

A: The physiological age, and not the chronological age, is the consideration for knee replacement surgery. A 78-year-old individual may be healthier and more active than someone who is 50 years old and suffering from various chronic heart diseases. Therefore, we have to do various tests (such as blood test, ECG and chest X-ray) to ensure the patient is suitable for surgery.

Q: What is Makoplasty?

A: Makoplasty is the latest surgery technique using a robotic arm to assist in knee replacement. It is very precise and grants high success rate and quick recovery.

Q: How long can a knee replacement lasts?

A: This depends on various factors such as weight, age and lifestyle of the person, as well as the expertise of the knee replacement surgeon. Normally, patients over the age of 60 can expect a knee replacement to last 10-15 years. A revision surgery can be done when the replacement wears out or if new knee problems arise.


Cycling Injuries, Prevention & Treatment Talk

Join 500 other cyclists at our forum "INJURIES ON 2 WHEELS - All You Need To Know About Cycling Injuries, Prevention & Treatment". This is a forum for cyclists by cyclists ! Informative & entertaining sharing of experience designed to help you keep training & racing with less injuries. For: CYCLISTS & TRIATHLETES of all levels, and those involved in cycling training & coaching Covers: 1) The most common cycling injuries: your D-I-Y guide 2) Managing more serious injuries 3) Heart risks & conditions in cyclists 4) Managing injuries in full-time/professional cyclists To register, go to or call Pinnacle Joint & Sports Centre at 67370558 during office hours (9am-530pm) Speaker Details: 1) Dr Kevin Lee, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre Dr Kevin Lee is a sports orthopaedic surgeon who is an active sportsman and cyclist. He has a special interest in sports injuries, cartilage repair techniques and joint replacements. He has been treating sports injuries and athletes for more than 15 years. 2) Dr Eric Hong, Cardiologist, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre With dual specialty accreditation in nuclear and interventional cardiology, Dr Eric Hong is a heart specialist with personal interest in sports cardiology. His particular emphasis is on endurance athletes, and he works closely with runners, cyclists and triathletes. 3) Mr Low Ji Wen, Full-time cyclist & cycling coach Singapore mens' road cycling champion in 2009 & 2013, national athlete and coach Low Ji Wen has been cycling full-time in UCI Asia Tour races for more than 5 years. In 2014, he stayed injury-free while clocking over 6000km of racing in Asia, Africa and Australia. 4) Dr Low Wye Mun, Sports Physician, Pacific Healthcare Specialist Centre Dr Low has been involved in cycling & triathlon for more than 10 years. He is Medical Director of the Bintan Triathlon, Metaman Long Distance Triathlon, and Tour De Bintan. He writes and speaks regularly on sports injuries with a special interest in self pain management & prevention. ______________________________________________________ Date: 7 March 2015 Venue: RELC Auditorium (Regional English Language Centre) 30 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258352 Entrance Fee: $5 per person* (Collected on-site) *All proceeds will be going to Habitat For Humanity. All participants will receive a special edition Spin Asia Cycling Injuries magazine. Help make this a colourful event: wear your team t-shirt or cycling jersey!!