With over 18 years of experience, Dr Poh Seng Yew is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hip, knee, shoulder and elbow surgery, sports medicine, and trauma surgery. Using advanced arthroscopic, minimally invasive, and open surgical techniques, Dr Poh offers a full spectrum of joint preservation and joint replacement options to ensure appropriate, effective treatment for all patients.
Having special interest in hip preservation surgery, Dr Poh is the first fully fellowship trained surgeon in this area in Singapore. He established the Singhealth Joint Hip Preservation Service, focusing on interventions to treat hip disease with the aim of preserving the native hip joint and delaying, or preventing hip arthritis and the need for hip replacement. These include techniques such as hip arthroscopy, open surgical dislocation and periacetabular osteotomy.
Through the years, Dr Poh has been invited as regional and international faculty and is active in training surgeons from around Asia through fellowship and visitation programs, in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Hip Preservation Surgery. He is a key opinion leader in the development of new hip arthroscopy techniques and is one of the highest volume hip arthroscopy surgeons in Southeast Asia, having performed over 500 such procedures to date.
Aside from hip arthroscopy, Dr Poh also does complex knee arthroscopy, osteotomy, multi-ligamentous ligament reconstruction, meniscal reconstruction, cartilage resurfacing, and complex shoulder arthroscopy, open shoulder reconstruction and shoulder arthroplasty. He has a high volume of hip and knee arthroplasty, and is adept at using the latest techniques, such as robotic assisted surgery, patient specific instrumentation and navigation.
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat various knee joint-related problems. It involves the use of a small, specialised camera called an arthroscope, which is inserted through small incisions in the knee. The arthroscope allows the surgeon to view the inside of the knee joint on a monitor and perform surgical procedures or knee treatments as needed. Commonly used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, knee arthroscopy is employed in various conditions, including knee injuries, arthritis, and unexplained knee pain.
With his wealth of experience in trauma surgery, Dr Poh is currently the Community Development Officer for the AOTrauma Singapore and often represents Singapore in courses and conferences in Orthopaedic trauma.
Despite his busy schedule, Dr Poh also holds concurrent positions as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring medical students and trainee surgeons. Dr Poh also serves as Orthopaedic Surgery examiner for both the basic medical and postgraduate Orthopaedic Surgery examinations.
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), National University of Singapore
Member, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCSEd)
Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery), National University of Singapore
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, FRCSEd (Orthopaedic Surgery)
Clinical Hip and Sports Medicine Fellow, Orthopädische Chirurgie München (OCM), Germany
Hospital visitations in the United States, Germany, Italy, Japan, Taiwan and around Southeast Asia
Sports Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital
Sports & Exercise Medicine Service at SGH, Singhealth Duke-NUS Sport & Exercise Medicine Centre
Founder and Chief
Singhealth Hip Preservation Service
Orthopaedic Surgery, SGH, Sengkang General Hospital, and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Singapore General Hospital
AO Trauma Council-Community Officer
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Joint Committee on Specialist Training (JCST) Exit Examination Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery
AOTrauma Course-Basic Principles of Fracture Management, Davos, Switzerland
AOTrauma Hybrid Masters Course-Fractures around the Elbow and Shoulder, Hong Kong
2nd Annual Congress of the Asia Society of Hip Arthroscopy and Preservation, Kitakyushu, Japan
AOTrauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management Course, Singapore
67th Continuing Orthopaedic Education of the Indonesian Orthopaedic Association, Surakarta, Indonesia
-Live Surgical Demonstration, Cadaveric Hip Arthroscopy Workshop, Lectures
Organising Committee and Chairman
Hip Symposium, Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) Sports Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
AO Trauma Symposium, 41st Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore Orthopaedic Association
AO Trauma Principles in Operative Fracture Management Course, Yokohama, Japan
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Affiliated Hospital of the Medical College of Qingdao University, Qingdao Hiser Hospital, China
-Live Surgical Demonstration and Lectures
Hip Arthroscopy Cadaveric Workshop
-first hip arthroscopy course to be held in Singapore
Annual Conference of the Indian Arthroscopy Society, Thailand
Arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular pincer impingement. SY Poh, R Hube, M Dienst. Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie, 2015, Dec; 27(6): 536-52
Role of the anterior intermeniscal ligament in tibiofemoral contact mechanics during axial joint loading. SY Poh, KSA Yew, PLK Wong, SBJ Koh, SL Chia, TS Howe. The Knee, 2012, Mar;19(2):135-9.
Invited Faculty, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Sumatra Utara, Indonesia, 2011
Two-year outcomes of transforminal lumbar interbody fusion. SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hong Kong), 2011, Aug; 19(2): 135-40.
Clinical and radiological outcomes of minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. CW Peng, WM Yue, SY Poh, W Yeo, SB Tan. Spine, 2009, Jun 1;34(13):1385-9.
Clinical and radiological review of adjacent segment degeneration after transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan. The Spine Journal, 2008; 8(5): 172S.
Clinical and radiological evaluation of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion at 2 years follow-up. SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan. The Spine Journal, 2007; 7(5): 25S.
Fragment specific fracture fixation and double column plating of unstable distal radius fractures using AO mini-fragment implants and kirschner wires. Chang HC, Poh SY, Seah SC, Chua DT, Chan BK, Low CO. Injury, 2007; 38(11):1259-67.
Service with a Heart Award
for Outstanding Clinical Service
Singhealth Doctors Long Service Award
Singapore General Hospital
10 years Long Service Award
Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) award
for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – Sports Related Hip Injuries
Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN) travelling fellowship
National University of Singapore Medical Society Gold Award
Medical Alumni Association