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DR LIM JIT FONG

Place of Practice

Lim Jit Fong Colorectal Centre

Practice Address

6 Napier Road, Gleneagles Medical Centre,
#09-09, Singapore 258499
Tel: (65) 6476 0181

Practice Website

www.colorectal-surgery.com.sg

Specialty

Consultant General Surgeon
Specialty Interest: Colorectal Surgery
 

Qualifications

MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Glasgow), FAMS (Singapore) 

About Dr Lim

Dr Lim Jit Fong graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1995 and obtained his Fellowship in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, FRCS (Glasg), in 1999. After completing his Advanced Specialty Training in General Surgery in 2003, Dr. Lim was conferred a SGH Fellowship to further his training in management of functional defaecatory disorders and minimally invasive colorectal surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia. Upon returning from Australia in 2005, Dr. Lim worked as a consultant in the Department of Colorectal Surgery, SGH until leaving for private practice in 2011.

Dr. Lim is very passionate about improving the quality of his patients’ care. In caring for his patients, Dr. Lim has always maintained a steadfast principle, “Make decisions for your patients as if they are your loved ones. If your decision is not good enough for your loved one, it is not good enough for your patient.” For his dedication toward patient care, he has received numerous awards for excellence in patient care through the years.

Improving patient care is not from the service aspect alone but also involves improving the quality of care through research and educating a new generation of doctors. Dr. Lim has authored numerous scientific research articles in various colorectal surgery topics and these have been published in various peer-reviewed medical journals worldwide. Dr. Lim has also held several appointments concurrently in SGH for clinical research and medical education. Of note, he streamlined all past and present research publications from the Department of Colorectal Surgery, SGH, to electronic versions (a first among all public hospitals in Singapore) and was instrumental in creating the curriculum in Colorectal Surgery for the Duke-NUS Graduate School of Medicine, which all students in the course are currently using.

Dr. Lim has a strong interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. He is adept at laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery including single incision (single keyhole) colorectal surgery. He is also one of the few surgeons in Singapore accredited to do Robotic Colorectal Surgery. He has performed hundreds of laparoscopic colorectal operations and has lectured as well as conducted workshops about laparoscopic colorectal surgery at various local and international meetings.

One of Dr. Lim’s main interests is in the management of patients with functional defaecatory problems such as faecal incontinence and obstructed defaecation syndrome. In 2008, Dr. Lim started the Pelvic Floor Disorder Service, SGH, together with specialists from the departments of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. This is the world’s first multi-disciplinary clinical service providing a holistic service to patients suffering from complex functional disorders of the pelvis. He served as the director from the inception until his resignation from SGH in 2011.

Dr. Lim serves on the editorial board and regularly reviews research publications for several peer-reviewed journals. He is also a member of the Singapore Medical Association, Continence Society of Singapore and Society of Colorectal Surgeons (Singapore), having served in the executive committee on 3 separate terms.


Specialized Services

Colon & Rectal Diseases
• Colon and rectal polyps or cancer
• Diverticular disease
• Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)
• Open, laparoscopic (keyhole), single incision port and robotic surgery

Apendix
• Appendicitis
• Appendix tumours
• Open and laparoscopic (keyhole)

Functional Disorders
• Rectal Prolapse
• Rectoceole
• Dys-synergic defaecation (obstructed defaecation syndrome)
• Faecal Incontinence
• Constipation
• Pelvic Disorders

Anal Diseases
• Haemorrhoids (piles)
Rubber band ligation
Excisional haemorrhoidectomy
Stapled haemorrhoidectomy
Transanal haemorrhoidal de-artrialization (THD)

• Anal abscesses and anal fistula
Incision and drainage of abscesses
Anal fistulotomy
Insertion of Seton
Ligation of Intersphincteric Fistual Tract (LIFT)
Fistulectomy and Mucosal Advancement

• Anal fissure
Lateral sphincterotomy

• Rectovaginal fistula
Anal Skin Tags

Hernias
• Inguinal
• Incisional (previous surgery wounds)
• Umbilical
• Open and laparoscopic surgery

Other general surgery procedures

Endoscopy
• Gastroscopy
• Colonoscopy (including removal of polyps, stenting of colon cancer)

 

Professional Associations/Memberships

• Adjunct Assistant Professor
Duke-NUS Graduate School of Medicine, Singapore

• Editorial Board Member
Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology and Haematology

• Editorial Board Member
European Journal of Clinical and Medical Oncology

• Executive Committee Member
Society for Continence, Singapore

• Executive Committee Member
Chapter of General Surgeons, Academy of Medicine, Singapore

• Visiting Consultant
Department of Surgery, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Publications/Research

Lim JF, Ho YH. Total Colectomy with Ileorectal Anastomosis leads to Appreciable Loss in Quality of Life Irrespective of Primary Diagnosis Tech Coloproct 2004; 5(2): 79-83

Lim JF, Seow-Choen F, Tang CL, Heah SM. Prospective, Randomized Trial Comparing Intraoperative Colonic Irrigation With Manual Decompression Only For Obstructed Left-sided Colorectal Cancer. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2005; 48(2): 205-9

Tjandra JJ, Lim JF, Hiscock R, Rajendra P. Injectable Silicone Biomaterial for Faecal Incontinence due to Internal Anal Sphincter Dysfunction is Effective. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2004; 47: 2138-46

Tjandra JJ, Lim JF, Matzel K. Sacral Nerve Stimulation – An Emerging Treatment for Faecal Incontinence. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2004; 74: 1098-106

Lim JF, Tjandra JJ, Hiscock R, Chao MW, Gibbs P. Preoperative chemoradiation for rectal cancer causes prolonged pudendal nerve terminal motor latency. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 2006; 49:12-19

Tan KY, Ho KS, Lai JH, Lim JF, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases of adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2006; 35(8):585-7

Ong J, Lim JF, Kam MH, Ooi BS, Ho KS, Eu KW. Perianal mucinous adenocarcinoma arising from chronic anorectal fistulae: a review from a single institution. Tech Coloproct 2007; 11(1): 34-8

Tjandra JJ, Tan JJY, Lim JF, Murray-Green C, Kennedy ML, Lubowski DZ. Rectogesic (glycerin trinitrate 0.2%) ointment relieves symptoms of haemorrhoids associated with high resting anal canal pressures. Colorectal Disease 2007; 9(5): 457-63

Ng KH, Lim JF, Ho KS, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Charity colonoscopy event to commemorate the 185th anniversary of Singapore General Hospital. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. 2008; 37(3): 180-4

Chew MH, Koh PK, Ng KH, Lim JF, Ho KS, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Phenotypic characteristics of hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer by the Amsterdam criteria: An Asian perspective. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2008; 78(7): 556-560

Chew MH, Quah HM, Ooi BS, Lim JF, Ho KS, Tang CL, Eu KW. A prospective study assessing anal plug for containment of faecal soilage and incontinence. Colorectal Disease. 2008; 10(7): 677-80

Chew MH, Suzanah N, Ho KS, Lim JF, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Colorectal cancer mass screening event utilising quantitative faecal occult blood test. Singapore Medical Journal. 2009; 50(4):348-53

Chew MH, Kam MH, Lim JF, Ho KS, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. The evaluation of CEEA 34 for stapled hemorrhoidectomy: results of a prospective clinical trial and patient satisfaction. American Journal of Surgery. 2009; 197(6):695-701

Kam MH, Lim JF, Ho KS. Ooi BS, Eu KW. Short-term results of DST EEA 33 stapler and neu@ anoscope for stapled haemorrhoidectomy: a prospective study of 1,118 patients from a single centre. Techniques in Coloproctology. 13(4):273-7, 2009 Dec

Cheah PY, Wong YH, Chau YP, Loi C, Lim KH, Lim JF, Koh PK, Eu KW. Germline bone morphogenesis protein receptor 1A mutation causes colorectal tumorigenesis in hereditary mixed polyposis syndrome. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 104(12):3027-33, 2009 Dec

Tan WS, Chew MH, Ooi BS, Ng KH, Lim JF, Ho KS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Laparoscopic versus open right hemicolectomy: a comparison of short-term outcomes. International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 24(11):1333-9, 2009 Nov

Kam MH, Tang CL, Chan E, Lim JF, Eu KW. Systematic review of intraoperative colonic irrigation vs. manual decompression in obstructed left-sided colorectal emergencies. [Review] International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 24(9):1031-7, 2009 Sep

Tan KL, Tan WS, Lim JF, Eu KW. Krukenberg tumors of colorectal origin: a dismal outcome--experience of a tertiary center. International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 25(2):233-8, 2010 Feb

Cheah PY, Wong YH, Chau YP, Loi C, Lim KH, Lim JF, Koh PK, Eu KW. Germline bone morphogenesis protein receptor 1A mutation causes colorectal tumorigenesis in hereditary mixed polyposis syndrome. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 104(12):3027-33, 2009 Dec

Tan WS, Chew MH, Ooi BS, Ng KH, Lim JF, Ho KS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Laparoscopic versus open right hemicolectomy: a comparison of short-term outcomes. International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 24(11):1333-9, 2009 Nov

Kam MH, Tang CL, Chan E, Lim JF, Eu KW. Systematic review of intraoperative colonic irrigation vs. manual decompression in obstructed left-sided colorectal emergencies. [Review] International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 24(9):1031-7, 2009 Sep

Wong MTC, Ng KH, Lim JF, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. 418 cases of laparoscopic colorectal resections: a single-institution experience and literature review. [Review] Singapore Medical Journal. 51(8): 650-4, 2010 Aug

Wong MTC, Lim JF, Ho KS, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Radiation proctitis: a decade’s experience. Singapore Medical Journal. 51(4): 315-9, 2010 Apr

Wong MTC, Lim JF, Eu KW. Anal canal malignancies: a review in an Asian population. Singapore Medical Journal. 52(1): 9-14, 2011 Jan

Ong J, Lim KH, Lim JF, Eu KW. Solitary Caecal Ulcer Syndrome: Our experience with this benign condition. Colorectal Diseas. 13(7): 786-90, 2011 July

Lai JH, Ng KH, Ooi BS, Ho KS, Lim JF, Tang CL, Eu KW. Laparoscopic resection for colorectal polyps: a single institution experience. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 81(4): 275-80, 2011 April

Kam MH, Ng KH, Lim JF, Ho KS, Ooi BS, Tang CL, Eu KW. Results of 7302 stapled haemorrhoidectomy operations in a single centre: a seven-year review and follow-up questionnaire survey. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 81(4): 253-6, 2011 April

Lim JF, Seow-Choen F. Laparoscopic ventral rectopexy. Colorectal Dis. 2013 Jun;15(6):713-4.

Liu Y, Tham CK, Ong SY, Ho KS, Lim JF, Chew MH, Lim CK, Zhao Y, Tang CL, Eu KW. Serum methylation levels of TAC1. SEPT9 and EYA4 as diagnostic markers for early colorectal cancers: a pilot study. Biomarkers. 2013 Aug;18(5):399-405.


Book Chapters
Lim JF. Chronic anal fissure. In Seow-Choen F (ed) Topics in Colorectal Surgery, Singapore: World Scientific, 2003; Ch. 5

Lim JF. Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome. In Seow-Choen F (ed) Topics in Colorectal Surgery, Singapore: World Scientific, 2003; Ch. 12

Lim JF. Perianal Crohn’s Disease. In Seow-Choen F (ed) Topics in Colorectal Surgery, Singapore: World Scientific, 2003; Ch. 22

Lim JF. Staging of Colorectal Carcinoma. In Seow-Choen F (ed) Topics in Colorectal Surgery, Singapore: World Scientific, 2003; Ch. 28

Lim JF. Rectal Prolapse. In Handbook on Colorectal Diseases, a Fortis Healthcare Singapore Enterprise publication. 2013; Ch. 2

Lim JF. Functional Constipation. In Handbook on Colorectal Diseases, a Fortis Healthcare Singapore Enterprise publication. 2013; Ch. 2

Lim JF. Faecal Incontinence. In Handbook on Colorectal Diseases, a Fortis Healthcare Singapore Enterprise publication. 2013; Ch. 2

Lim JF, Seow-Choen F.. Minor Anorectal Conditions. In Philips & Clark (Ed) Colorectal Surgery – A Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice, 5th Edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2013; Ch.15


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