I am a Consultant General Surgeon and Medical Director of the PanAsia Surgical Group in Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital and Parkway East Hospital. I graduated with MBBS from the National University of Singapore and completed my Fellowship in Surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow.
I underwent further training for a year at the National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo on a Ministry of Health Fellowship in Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery. I also worked for a year in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK, as an Honorary Consultant in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery. Other training awards include a TTSH Scholarship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at the Mt Sinai Medical Centre, New York, and an International Cancer Fellowship from the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC) for the Treatment of Peritoneal Cancer at the Washington Cancer Institute, Washington DC.
I am a general surgeon with a subspecialty expertise in gastrointestinal surgery, therapeutic endoscopy (including ERCP) and advanced laparoscopic surgery. I have a strong interest in Radical Resection, including Peritonectomy Procedures, for the surgical treatment of esophageal, gastric, pancreatic and abdominal cancers. I also perform a wide repertoire of minimally invasive surgery and was the first surgeon in the South East Asia to perform a number of advanced laparoscopic operations; including Hand-assisted Laparoscopic Surgery, Endoscopic Thyroid Surgery, and Laparoscopic Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding for morbid obesity.
I am very much involved in surgical education and was a Clinical Lecturer with the National University of Singapore. I am currently a Clinical Teacher with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. I have been invited to surgical demonstrations in international conferences and proctored the training of many laparoscopic surgeons in Singapore and the region. In 2002, I set up the first laparoscopic surgery training center outside of USA to be endorsed by the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/melvin-look/
I am excited to be here to share/discuss the surgical treatment of esophageal, gastric, pancreatic and abdominal cancers with everyone. I will be actively answering questions. Whether you’ve got questions about upper gastrointestinal cancer surgery, laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery or therapeutic endoscopy, ask me anything!
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I have a recurring gastric acid reflux. I first had this around 3 years ago. Since then I have been taking medications in varying quantities depending on the severity of my condition. I feel it’s getting serious lately. The pain goes to my chest and shoulder and neck. I also lost weight. Is there any other treatment to cure this because all the medications I take don’t seem to work?
My brother has a problem with his stomach. It hurts to swallow food like red meat or food that has strong flavors (sour or spicy). He will be in pain and will sometimes throw up. His current diet now is mostly vegetables or chicken. He has also stopped drinking alcohol as he believes that’s the trigger. Iis there any medical treatment we should consider besides getting rid of the trigger (if there is a trigger for his case)?
My wife gave birth to our first son a month ago. She is now breastfeeding. All along she has been complaining about pain in her upper abdomen – this is about three years now. She now says her stomach feels bloated. What medicine could she take in her current state, especially when she’s breastfeeding our baby?
My sister has been having GERD since 3 years ago. It started when she was on various crash diets. Now, whenever the GERD is triggered, she feels weak, vomits a lot and her stomach aches. Is it possible she has other conditions in her stomach? The last time she had an endoscopy was in 2019. Should she do it again?
Morning. Last year, I was hospitalized for stomach ulcer. Then I was prescribed PPI and antibiotics. I got better, but recently I feel my stomach burning whenever I am hungry. After meals and drinking water, it is relieved. But my bowel movements have been watery and more frequent, 3-4 times a day. Is this condition related to the ulcer? Should I do another endoscopy?
Hi Doctor, I am a 35 year old female who is considering weight loss surgery. I am close to 100kg now and am standing at 1.7m tall. I have had previous medical history with thyroid issues (removed benign tumour from thyroid) and I always feel lethargic. I also stress-eat as a way to cope with pressure from work. I have also considered liposuction but the doctor told me to lose weight and be in a healthy BMI range first. My question is, which would you recommend for someone like me, gastric banding or gastric bypass?
My husband has ulcerative colitis and also quite serious acid reflux. He’s been taking medications for close to 3 years now and goes for a colonoscopy every year. Whenever he is under a lot of stress for work, he will experience blood in his stools. Besides medications, is there really nothing else we can do for his condition? What are the chances of it developing into stomach/colon cancer? Both his parents have history of cancer.
I have been feeling pain in my esophagus and epigastrium. This pain comes with constipation. Beside that, I also have other symptoms, such as bitterness in my tongue and nausea. How do I check if this condition is serious?