Dr Looi Kok Poh (Dr Looi KP) – Singapore Renowned Hand Surgeon

Welcome to Dr Looi Koh Poh personal site. Here you will learn more about Dr Looi Kok Poh’s professional background, as well as his personal interest and values.


Doctor Looi Kok Poh, The Hand Surgeon

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“For medicine to summit its peak, it requires art as its soul and science as its hands” – Dr. Looi Kok Poh, Specialist Hand Surgeon.

Dr. Looi KP is an eminent hand surgeon based in Singapore with over two decades of experience serving the local & international community. With over 6000 surgeries under his belt, Dr. Looi continues to participate in the medical community to serve patients and his associates.

Dr Looi Kok Poh preparing for surgery

Passionate about his profession, Dr. Looi Kok Poh witnesses every day how the interplay of art and science in hand surgery become instrumental in the restoration of a patient’s life, limb, and livelihood.

As a mature surgeon, Dr. Looi trained under some of the most renewed world experts in Singapore and the US such as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Dr. Looi experienced first-hand how it was like to be mentored, coached and guided in a nurturing environment of trust and faith. He believes such is the way committed and passionate surgeons should be groomed.

As the world gets smaller and smaller, Dr. Looi believes that doctors and surgeons should go further and further into their communities to contribute beyond their comfort zone.


“Mastering procedures from a stack of textbooks can make a doctor a good surgeon, but to be an excellent surgeon, they must believe and do beautiful work.” – Dr. Looi Kok Poh

A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and trained at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, Dr Looi honed his craft in Orthopedic, Hand, Wrist and Microsurgery under some of the most renewed surgeons from around the world.

An award-winning doctor, Dr Looi has published dozens of publications, paper presentations & research projects over the three decades of his practice. His widely cited work on Hand Infections in patients with Diabetes is keenly relevant in 21st-century societies.

Dr Looi Kok Poh, The Speaker

Having been invited to speak around the world at the National Congress of the Indonesian Orthopedic Association, Philippine Society for Surgery of the Hand, International Symposium on Hand Surgery and the Advances in Hand Therapy in Bali, AO Trauma Course, Davos Switzerland and others, Dr Looi continues to work to lift the esteem of his noble specialization.

Dr KP Looi is passionate about inspiring the next generation to push the pinnacle of their craft while deepening their understanding of Hand, Wrist and Micro Surgery. The closest substitute for experience is a conversation with the Experienced.


Medical Background & Profile of Dr Looi Kok Poh

Dr Looi Kok Poh graduated and obtained his medical and surgical degrees in Singapore. He continued his education and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1994. Dr Looi KP furthered his training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, where he further honed his skills in Orthopedic, Hand, Wrist and Microsurgery with many renowned surgeons all around the world.

Dr Looi KP was also the recipient of many scholarships and awards, for example, the NUH Young Doctors Award of 2000, the Young Orthopedic Surgeon Award of 2000, SOA ambassador to HKOA in 2000, and the Ministry of Health Manpower Development Plan Fellowship to USA (Hand Surgery) in 1999.

Dr Looi Kok Poh is presently the director of the Hand Wrist and Microsurgical Centre located in Gleneagles Medical Centre in Singapore. Dr Looi KP believes in providing all his patients with the most up-to-date orthopedic hand, wrist and reconstructive micro-surgery.

Dr Looi KP currently also serves as the Chairman of Wrist Interest Group of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery. Dr Looi continues to train doctors by serving as a visiting consultant to the Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery at the National University Hospital of Singapore. Dr Looi had served previously as the President of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery.


Patients’ Review on Dr Looi Kok Poh

From Mr Jerome Hewlett
“I have known Dr Looi Kok Poh for over 7 years both medically and personally. To give you some background, I was hit by a car over 40 years ago as a result of the accident I have degenerating joints on the right side of my body…I will say that Dr Looi has been one of the best doctors I have seen in all of these years. He is an honest man, a man of integrity, a friend and I believe is an excellent representative of Singapore and an excellent representative of medical profession….” – click here to read more reviews

Cards received from patients of Dr Looi Kok Poh


Academic work by Dr. Looi Kok Poh

  • Low WY, Looi KP, Chia JSK. A case of Tuberculosis Marinum of the hand causing trigger finger Submitted to Singapore Medical Journal. 2000
  • Looi KP, Low CK, Yap YM, Low, Low YP. Pigmented villonoduolar synovitis of the hand. J Hand Surgery 1998 (Journal of APFSSH) Paper presentation
  • Looi KP, Kour AK, Pho RWH ; Digital Stump and Metacarpal Lengthening by Distraction Osteogenesis in the Hand at 15th Annual Meeting of the Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand,1996
  • Looi KP, Lim CS, Ng BK : Gastric Stump Carcinoma : A Surgical Challenge at Combined Surgical Meeting , 1994
  • Looi KP, Kour AK, Pho RWH ; Diabetic Infections of the Hand at 18th Singapore Orthopedic Association Meeting 1995
  • Looi KP, Chia CS, Kour AK, Pho RWH; Customized staples fixation for Hand and Wrist Fractures at 20TH Singapore Orthopedic Association Meeting, 1997

Teaching Faculty by Dr Looi Kok Poh

  • Park MJ, Looi KP, Hahn M, Berger RA, Cooney WP, An KN. The Effects of Dorsally Angulated Distal Radial Fracture On Carpal Kinematics in 24th Singapore Orthopedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 2001.
  • David Teh, KP Looi: Significance of the radial collateral ligament in the stability of the metacarpal-phalangeal joint of the thumb in 24th Singapore Orthopedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 2001.
  • Ong KP, Looi KP: Hydro fluoride poisoning in Hand Surgery in 24th Singapore Orthopedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 2001.
  • See JY, Chong AKS, Lim AYT, Looi KP, Lim BH. Dorsal plating for distal radius fracture using low profile matrix plate. 26th Singapore Orthopedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003
  • Ong WC, Kapickis M, Peng YP, Lim AYT, Looi KP, Pho RWH. Biological Spare Part Surgery. 26th Singapore Orthopedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003.
  • Yeo M Tan D, Chong AKS, Looi KP. Normative data on active and passive range of motion of the thumb. 26th Singapore Orthopedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003.
  • Yeo MSW, LimAYT, Looi KP. Reconstruction of long bone diaphyseal defects by pseudosynovial membrane induction and cancellous bone grafting. 26th Singapore Orthopedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003.

Hand Wrist Injuries Overview

The human hands and wrists are packed with bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints that keep them working properly. With so many working parts, there is a great chance of hand and wrist injuries.

Athletes and people who carry heavy loads, or work primarily with their hands are most prone to injuries because of the nature of their work.

Finger dislocation, tendon tear (or jersey finger), wrist bone fracture (or scaphold), ulnar
collateral ligament tear (or skiers thumb), stress fractures, trigger finger, and carpal tunnel syndrome are among some of the many types of hand and wrist injuries.


Types Of Hand & Wrist Injuries Treated By Dr Looi Kok Poh

Finger Dislocation. This is a common injury that occurs when the fingers are forced in a different location than normal. It occurs mostly in the middle knuckles. A finger is dislocated when a jamming force is applied on the tip, or when the finger is overextended.

Some examples of when a finger dislocation include falling on your outstretched hand, getting fingers jammed in equipment, and during sports, such as baseball and basketball.

When a finger is dislocated, it is pretty obvious and does not need an investigation. The finger typically appears crooked or bent at an abnormal angle. The finger also changes to a pale color, and feels numb. If the skin is torn at the point of injury, medical attention is an immediate requirement.

Immediately remove all jewelry as soon as you feel a finger dislocation, because it causes swelling. Removing jewelry from swollen fingers can be quite a hassle that you want to avoid.

In most cases, a finger dislocation can be easily treated by a doctor using a closed reduction method. It can be performed with or without local anesthesia, depending on the situation. However, when ta closed reduction is not possible, a dislocated finger requires proper surgery.

Trigger Fingers. This is another common condition that occurs when the tendons responsible for bending of fingers and thumb are affected. It is a painful condition in which the fingers get locked when they are bent. When this condition occurs in the thumb, it is referred to as trigger thumb.

There are several factors that can increase the risk of getting a trigger finger or trigger thumb. People who do repetitive tasks, such as farmers and laborers, are prone to this condition. People with certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, are also more vulnerable.

In some cases, a trigger finger or thumb can be treated by stopping or decreasing the duration of repetitive hand movements, as well as exercises prescribed by your doctor. If a patient feels that other methods are not conducive, they can
always opt for a surgery.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to a condition in which a nerve is compressed at the base of a palm. There are several symptoms that patients feel as a result of a compressed nerve. Some of these include pain, tingling, numbness and weakness. About 3 to 6 percent of the adult population is affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The pain and numbness as a result of CTS often occurs at night, and can extend up the arm. In severe cases, a certain degree of tingling or numbness might be constantly present in the hand and/or arm.

CTS is commonly found in women, older individuals, and in individuals with medical conditions, such as diabetes.

The treatment for CTS is normally to reduce repetitive tasks, or take frequent breaks in between work. However, where such measures do not serve the purpose, it is recommended to do a surgery to deal with this painful ailment. In a surgical trial, 95% of the participants favored surgical treatment

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear. Commonly known as skier’s thumb, ulnar collateral ligament tear mostly occurs in
individuals who fall on their hands during skiing. It is also common in sports, such as baseball.

When falling on your hands, the thumb is normally stretched away from the fingers, causing severe stress to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The UCL is located close to the index finger, and as a result of falling, it can get torn. This causes severe pain that requires medical attention.

The severity of such an injury is difficult to assess, unless it is properly examined with the help of X-ray or MRI.

During 2000 to 2016, a study in UCL tear showed that older athletes were more prone to this condition as compared to younger athletes. Moreover, this condition was found more commonly in baseball and javelin players

In certain cases, immobilization, elevation, and icing can bring some comfort to the torn ligament. A cast or brace on the thumb for a period of 6 to 8 weeks can heal the ligament. However, if the injury is much severe, a surgery is

Time does heal wounds, but not all. So, when such an injury occurs, be sure to consult an orthopedic doctor instead of being your own doctor. Delaying treatment for such injuries can result in greater harm.