I graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin in 1995, and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2001.
I was awarded the Master of Medicine, Orthopaedics by the National University of Singapore in 2002. I obtained my specialist accreditation by the Ministry of Health (Singapore) as a Hand Surgeon in 2005.
I was awarded the Higher Manpower Development Program for 2006 and was clinical fellow at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney in 2007 with the Department of Hand Surgery and Peripheral Nerve Surgery, University of Sydney.
I worked as a surgeon in the Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Hospital from 2002 to 2012. I was a specialist hand surgeon in the Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery (HRM) from 2005 to 2007 and consultant from 2007 to 2012. I was the Postgraduate Director and was involved in training the advanced Hand Surgery trainees in the national program. I was also the first Associate Program Director for the national residency program in Hand Surgery.
I have a clinical interest in peripheral nerve surgery, especially brachial plexus surgery, stroke, cerebral palsy and surgical rehabilitation of the upper limb in tetraplegia. My other clinical interest is in minimally invasive surgery of the hand and upper limb especially wrist arthroscopy and endoscopic peripheral nerve surgery.
I have been an invited speaker for local, regional and international meetings. I am currently the Chairman of the Chapter of Hand Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore.
Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/tan-ter-chyan/
I am excited to be here to share/discuss Hand & Wrist conditions with everyone. I will be actively sharing questions. Whether you’ve got questions about hand and wrist injuries, hand surgery, hand therapy or prosthesis, ask me anything!
Want to ask a question? Submit your question at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to include your name and email address to get notified when the doctor answers your question.
During the lockdown last year, I started to work out at home. And I realize, as I lift the dumbbells 3 times a week, the bone below my right thumb is bulging. It hurts when I press it. Do I need to be concerned about this?
My right palm, just below the fingers, is stiff and it hurts when I clench it into a fist. I have compressed it with ice but it only gets better temporarily. What should I do?
My hands are numb and tingle if I lift something heavy. As minutes go by, I feel the sensation turning into heat. But after resting for a while, the sensation is gone. What condition is this?
There are some hard lumps growing on the side of my fingers. Should I worry about this?
My left arm has been feeling stiff for almost six months now. It started when I weight lifted during the lockdown. Now it hurts to grip something tightly and to rotate my arm in either direction. Could it be a nerve or muscle problem? Should I be worried and seek medical treatment, or would you recommend a particular exercise or therapy I could do at home?
I had a fracture in my left arm 2 years ago. It was treated back then. However, recently whenever I do drumming, I feel the pain again. Is it possible for the fracture pain to have recurred after two years or is it a different problem I should be worried about?
My father is 63 years old. He is now recovering from a stroke. His right palm is still numb. When I press on it to massage it, he tells me it hurts. I usually give his palm a massage every morning and flex it to relax his joints. Is there any medication he can take for this?
On my right hand, my little finger sticks to my ring finger. And my palm looks crooked as a result. Although it doesn’t hurt, this condition does affect my confidence especially when it comes to hand-shaking. Is there any procedure to fix my condition? And is there anything to consider before making a decision?
I am 27 years old. I lost two of my fingers on the right hand when I was 8, the little finger and the ring finger. Are there any procedures to implant prosthetic fingers, similar to prosthetic legs? If yes is there anything I should consider beforehand?