I am a Consultant Urologist and Andrologist who is trained locally and board certified by the Specialist Accreditation Board. I sub-specialize in Andrology, Male Subfertilty, Sexual Medicine and Urological Prosthetic Surgery and is the first Singaporean to be fellowship trained in USA in this niche specialty, having spent one year undergoing a SMSNA (Sexual Medicine Society of North America)- accredited clinical fellowship in Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
During my fellowship at Tulane, I implanted the latest Titan Touch penile implant from Coloplast as well as the quadratic urethral sling. I was one of the first to start using intralesional injections for the treatment of Peyronie’s disease and reported on the efficacy of the second generation PDE5 inhibitor for treatment of erectile dysfunction. I was one of the first to use UroLift, a novel minimally invasive treatment for benign enlargement of the prostate or BPH, when this modality of treatment started in the USA in 2014.
Prior to starting my private practice at Advanced Urology Associates, I was the Director of Andrology in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and helmed the Complex Erectile Dysfunction Clinic. I pioneered the use of low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LiESWT) for erectile dysfunction in restructured hospitals and was the first to report the efficacy of this modality of treatment for local patients.
I am proficient in the placement of urethral slings, artificial urinary sphincters for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence as well as penile prosthesis (ranging from malleable to inflatable) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. I am also trained in the single-incision concomitant placement of prostheses for both erectile dysfunction and stress urinary incontinence. Urological prosthetic surgeries are all performed as day surgical procedures with patients only having to stay overnight in the hospital.
I was also one of the first urologists in the department who started the clinical service using high power greenlight laser vaporisation for treating benign prostate enlargement and serves as the department proctoring surgeon for the procedure. I placed the first UroLift prostatic urethral lift implant in Singapore at Mount Elizabeth Hospital on 16 October 2019.
I offer minimally-invasive treatment for BPH ranging from UroLift to Rezum to Prolieve. I have a keen interest in the management of penile deformities, ranging from frenulum brevie to congenital penile curvatures to Peyronie’s disease. I also offer evaluation for male subfertility and am trained in sperm retrieval techniques ranging from percutaneous sperm aspiration, microsurgical TESE to electro-ejaculation. I offer microsurgical varicocelectomy for the treatment of inferior sperm parameters due to varicoceles.
I also offer treatment for urinary tract stones (kidney, ureter, bladder) ranging from extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) to ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy to percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PCNL). With regards to medical education, I served as Clinical Core Faculty of the NHG Urology Residency Program and have trained many urology specialists. I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University as well as a Senior Lecturer of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. I was also awarded “Best Teacher” numerous times for my passion and dedication for teaching medical students and young specialists in training.
I am an advocate for Men's Health and is currently the Vice-President of the Singapore Society for Men's Health and the Secretary of the Society for Continence Singapore.
Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/ronny-tan/
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Doctor, I feel throbbing pain in my lower abdomen, above my penis. That area is swollen and hard. The pain gets worse when I urinate, and the swelling makes me uncomfortable during sexual intercourse. What examination should I undergo? Is an ultrasound enough? And does this condition sound like it's something serious?
There are bruises on my testicles. I noticed blood when I touched the bruises. However, there is no blood in my urine. When I sit down or do more vigorous activities, the bruises give me pain and cause me dizziness. Is this a serious disease?
What is the average volume of sperm for a man? I noticed that when I ejaculate, the volume does not seem normal. Will this affect my family planning in future?
A few days ago, after sexual activity, I felt a piercing pain from my testicles and when I observed them in the mirror, I noticed a small tear in the sac. Should I wait for it to heal by itself or is it better that I see a doctor?
If I feel pain below the testicles, does it mean anything? I feel the pain whenever I use pressure to urine.
I always drink a lot of water, but why is my urine so yellow in color and warm? Is this a sign of dehydration or is it a more serious condition?
I often experience what people would call pre-cum even without stimulus. The sensation is like an urge to urinate and the fluid will sit on the tip of my penis. Is this normal? Should I consider further examination?
My penis head is numb and unresponsive to touch. However, I am not sure if this is a condition I should be worried about as I still get an erection every morning when I wake up. Is this normal?
Whenever my penis is erect, my foreskin hurts from being pulled back. The pain is sometimes so bad I cannot function in bed. Is such a problem common in men and do i need to consider a circumcision?
Doctor, is a curved penis normal? I am a 22 year old male and I am worried about my penis curving to the left. Will it affect my sexual performance and is there a need to ‘straighten’ it?