Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital & Specialist Centre, 38 Irrawaddy Road #10-50 | (+65) 6339 5527 | Clinic Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm, Sat: 9am to 1pm

About Us

Dr Lai Choon Hin

  • trained in the Mayo Clinic, USA as  Adult Reconstruction Fellow in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon





Work experience

Dr Lai Choon Hin has 30 years of experience as a senior consultant Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treatment of hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle pain and arthritis, sports injury, trauma, fractures, back and neck pain. He is a pioneer in hip and knee surgery and has performed thousands of hip and knee replacements as well as shoulder and elbow replacements and revision of failed hip and knee joint replacements.

His current interests include all forms of minimally invasive surgery for the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle and spine for both young and older patients. He does all types of joint replacement surgeries including the use of robots and computer navigation as well as revision of failed joint replacements which has loosened, worn out, damaged or infected. He has extensive experience in treating patients with Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, SLE, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Avascular Necrosis. 

He received his advanced training in hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle and tumour surgery for 2 years in the Mayo Clinic, USA. At the Mayo Clinic, he learned and used the anterolateral approach for hip replacement and has a zero rate of hip dislocation compared to the posterior approach for hip replacement surgery commonly used  in Singapore. 

Dr Lai was formerly Director of Adult Reconstruction Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital,  performing joint replacement and reconstruction surgeries for  arthritis, sports injuries and fractures of the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, foot and ankle for more than 20 years.

He was President, Singapore Orthopaedic Association in 2007 and founded the ASEAN Arthroplasty Association (AAA) to teach doctors in Orthopaedics in ASEAN countries. He was examiner for the FRCS, Master of Medicine and MBBS Final professional examinations in Orthopaedics Surgery previously.

He has published in Current Orthopedics and Clinical Research, Journal of Trauma and The Knee. He has presented and lectured 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 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.