I am Dr Jacqueline Tan, Hand Surgeon practicing at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Singapore. Ask Me Anything!
I was the former Head of Department and Senior Consultant of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). I also served as the Director of the Micro-reconstruction service and Director of Peripheral nerve and Paralytic upper limb service at SGH. I am currently a Visiting Consultant at SGH.
My surgical expertise is in the reconstruction of brachial plexus (network of nerves) injuries, open and endoscopic peripheral nerve surgeries, and microsurgical reconstruction of the upper limb. I also have special interests in hand and wrist fractures, arthritis of the hand and wrist, wrist arthroscopy, and ligament reconstruction for wrist instability.
I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the National University of Singapore. I was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan scholarship by the Ministry of Health and went on to complete a 1-year fellowship in Taiwan, specializing in brachial plexus surgery and advanced microsurgery. I am a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK , and a fellow of the Academy of Medicine in Hand Surgery.
I was the Deputy Vice-Chair for the education in the Musculoskeletal Sciences Academic Clinical Program at SingHealth. I was also the Program Director for the SingHealth Hand Surgery program and Core Faculty for the SingHealth Orthopedic surgery program. I am currently a member of the Residency Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, which oversees the training of hand surgery residents in Singapore. I held concurrent teaching appointments at Duke-NUS Medical School and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
I am immediate Past President of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery, Vice-Chairman of the Chapter of Hand Surgeons, the College of Surgeons, Singapore, and Secretary of the Singapore Reconstructive Microsurgery Society. I am a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Asia Pacific Wrist Association, and the International Microsurgery Club.
I have been the organizing chairperson of many inaugural courses and organized several workshops. I have published widely in peer-reviewed journals on hand surgery and I speak regularly at local, regional, and international meetings where I focus on topics such as brachial plexus injuries, thumb carpometacarpal arthritis, hand and wrist trauma.
In addition to multiple Singapore Health Quality Service Awards, I am also the recipient of other awards such as the Outstanding Faculty Award & Faculty Appreciation Award for SingHealth Residency, and Orthopaedic Teaching Excellence Award. Learn more about me here:
I am excited to be here to share/discuss Hand and Wrist conditions with everyone. I will be actively answering questions. If you’ve got questions about pain and numbness of the hand, hand and wrist trauma, arthritis of the hand and wrist, wrist arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction for the hand and wrist, feel free to ask me!
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I have been struggling with hand arthritis. For a year, I have been taking oral medication and injections. Is surgery an option for my condition? How common is it and how effective is it? Can it treat the condition permanently? I am 67 years old.
I am quite young at 32 years old. But why do my fingers get stiff every morning? I have to stretch them for close to 10 mins to get them to be able to move freely. Is this an early degeneration of my joints? Would this lead to more problems in the future? What should I do?
I spend a lot of time driving. Two days ago, I was driving and my arms and hands were suddenly tingling and felt stiff. I had to stop driving and when I was home, I iced and stretched them but there was no improvement. Yesterday morning, I woke up to a sharp pain in both hands. But the stiffness was gone. Does my condition sound like it’s worrying? What could be the possible cause? And how should I treat it?
My father suffers from hand arthritis and I have been purchasing compression gloves online for him. Is there really a positive effect on resolving arthritis pain with such compression gloves? I’m not sure if they really work.
In 2018, my mother underwent aspiration for her ganglion cyst. We noticed that in the past month the cyst regrew. She complains that it’s painful and the pain is spreading to her arm. Is this a worsening of her previous ganglion cyst? Would she need surgery?
My sister’s left arm has been tingling for 4 days. She is 37 years old. She also mentioned her left shoulder feels heavy and painful. What condition could she be having, Doctor? Should she undergo further examination? Which examination would you recommend?
My husband is an avid carpenter and likes playing around with heavy tools. About a weekend ago, he started complaining to me about feeling pain in his fingers, with the joints being stiff. The slightest pressure on the joints would hurt. Is this a normal scene among people who are into carpentry? Will the pain go away or should we see a hand specialist?
The skin on my palm on my dominant hand feels thick, stiff and is always red. If i try to make my palm into a fist, it is painful. There are also times when the skin feels like it’s burning and I will have to put my palm under cold water to reduce the burn. I am 50 years old and I don’t do anything intense with my hands, just the usual typing. Can I check what this condition is?
I have been experiencing pain in my wrist and my relatives recommended me to go for acupressure. I went for 4-5 sessions so far but don’t find it useful. What do you think about acupressure? Should I continue or see a doctor?