DR MICHAEL SOON YEE HOONG
Place of Practice
ATLAS SHOULDER, KNEE & SPORTS SURGERY
3 Mt Elizabeth, Suite #06-09
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Subspecialty Interest: Arthroscopic reconstruction of knee injuries, including multiple ligament injuries and revision surgeries
MBBS(Singapore), MRCS(Edinburgh), MMed(Ortho), FRCSEd(Ortho)
Dr Michael Soon is a practicing orthopaedic consultant at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Novena and Parkway East Hospital. He graduated from the National University of Singapore School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his orthopaedic training in Singapore.
He was subsequently awarded a Ministry of Health scholarship to further his surgical skills in 2006. His clinical fellowship was at Mutualidad de Futbolista, Barcelona, Spain, where he did his subspeciality training. He was involved in the clinical and surgical care of soccer players. Of note, these included the top soccer players of FC Barcelona and Europe. Apart from being involved in surgeries, Dr Soon was also trained in the use of PRGF (platelet-rich in growth factors), which was pioneered in Spain and used for the treatment of sports injuries. Further to his fellowship, Dr Soon was also attached to Rush University Medical Centre, Chicago, Illinois where he was trained in cartilage preservation and restoration, and shoulder surgery.
Upon his return to Alexandra Hospital, Dr Soon was both the Deputy Director of the Sports Medicine Centre as well as the Deputy Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He set up the day surgery centre for orthopaedic sports surgery and also set up a service for growth factor injections for sports injury - the first of its kind in a restructured hospital. He was also awarded a NMRC Enabling Grant to conduct studies on this treatment.
Apart from clinical work, Dr Soon was also heavily involved in teaching and training of doctors and nurses. He was awarded the Orthopaedic Teaching Excellence Award from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2006/7 and 2007/8. He was also the Best Teacher (Alexandra Hospital) in 2007/8. He was the Lecturer for Alice Lee Centre of Nurses for the Master of Nursing Critical Care. He is also an instructor for the ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support). He is an instructor at ISAKOS arthroscopic courses and is a Faculty Instructor for the Arthrocare knee and shoulder courses since 2007. He has conducted Live Surgery Workshops in Alexandra Hospital as well as Cadaveric Workshops in Changi Hospital.
Dr Soon is keen on research and was awarded the Young Orthopaedic Investigator of the Year in 2004 for his work on allograft and stem cells. This work, together with his other research work in sports surgery, was published and presented both locally and overseas. Dr Soon is currently a co-investigator of a NMRC grant for the treatment of osteoarthritis with mesenchymal stem cells.
Dr Soon performs mainly arthroscopic reconstructions of the knee, shoulder, ankle and hip. His special interest is joint preservation, which includes cartilage restoration/transplantation, meniscal transplantation as well as use of biologics like stem cells and growth factors. He is also interested in the management of patella mal-alignment and dislocations.
I have a special interest in minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of cartilage injuries. Traditionally, cartilage restoration surgery is performed via open or mini-open method, where a special scaffold is applied to the cartilage injury to allow healing. This method can be painful and slows down recovery. Techniques have now evolved to allow such surgery to be performed via arthroscopic/key-hole methods. Although technically challenging, it is extremely satisfying to perform such operations, as the patient can regain function and return to sports early.
• Total Knee Replacement
• Partial Knee Replacement
• Makoplasty (Robotic Assisted) Knee Replacement
• Hip replacement
• Shoulder replacement
• Elbow replacement
• Knee arthroscopy
• Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
• Meniscal Repair
• Cartilage Resurfacing/Transplant
• Shoulder Arthroscopy (Dislocation, Labral Tears, Shoulder impingement/Frozen Shoulder)
• Hip injuries/labral tears
Wrist & Hand Conditions
• Nerve entrapment/Carpal Tunnel/Ulnar nerve
• Wrist scope/wrist injuries
• Trigger fingers
Lower Limb Conditions
• Ingrown toe nails
• Flat feet
• Hallux valgus
• Ankle cartilage defects
• Ankle scopes