Dr Lai Choon Hin

  • Mayo Clinic Adult Reconstruction Fellowship
  • Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon





Work experience

Dr Lai Choon Hin is a senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon and  director at AP Centre for Joint Reconstruction, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore.

His expertise includes all forms of reconstruction and replacement surgery for the hip, knee, elbow, shoulder and ankle, and treatment of sports injuries and fractures. He has extensive experience in revision of failed joint replacements due to loosening, infections and periprosthetic fractures and treating patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythromatous (SLE), Ankylosing Spondylitis and Avascular Necrosis (AVN).

He received his specialist training in hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle primary and revision replacement surgery and tumour surgery for 2 years, under supervision by the world renowned surgeons of the Mayo Clinic.

At the Mayo Clinic, he learned and used the direct lateral approach to the hip which has a almost zero rate of hip dislocation as compared to the posterior approach for hip replacement surgery commonly done in Singapore. He does minimally invasive (MIS) surgery, computer navigation surgery, and robotic surgery using both the Robodoc and Makoplasty systems.

Dr Lai was former Director and senior consultant, Adult Reconstruction Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital,  performing joint replacement and reconstruction surgeries for degenerative arthritis, sports injuries and fractures of the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, foot and ankle.

He was President, Singapore Orthopaedic Association in 2007 and founded the ASEAN Arthroplasty Association (AAA) to teach doctors in joint replacements in ASEAN countries.

He has published in Current Orthopedics and Clinical Research, Journal of Trauma and The Knee. He has presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Association (AAOS), Mayo Clinic Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Courses, Mayo Clinic Alumni Meetings, International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), Asia-Pacific Arhtroplasty Society (APAS), Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Society (APOS) and international conferences in China, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and ASEAN nations.

His recent publications are book chapters: “Intraoperative femoral and acetabular fractures during primary total hip arthroplasty” in Comprehensive Hip and Knee Textbook in 2013, and “THA in Ankylosing Spondylitis” in The HIP: Preservation, Replacement, and Revision in 2015.


 - Public Service Commission Merit Scholarship to study Medicine in University of Singapore and graduated at the top of the class .

 - Howard Eddey Medal, Royal College of Australasian Surgeons for topping the FRACS examination


- Adult Reconstruction Fellow, Mayo Clinic, and Instructor, Mayo Medical School USA  :

 specialising in hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle primary and revision  replacement surgery and  tumour surgery for 2 years under supervision by the world             renowned surgeons of the Mayo Clinic.