Dr Ooi Lai Hock graduated from United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals, UK, in 1996. Thereafter, he further his medical training in Orthopaedic Surgery and obtained a Master of Medicine (Singapore) and FRCS (Edinburgh) in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr Ooi’s subspecialty areas of training are foot and ankle surgery as well as knee reconstructive surgery. Common conditions managed by Dr Ooi include bunions and ankle sprains. As such, Dr Ooi performs procedures such as minimally invasive corrective osteotomies for bunions and arthroscopic ankle lateral ligament reconstructive surgery. Other surgical procedures for the foot and ankle would include endoscopic surgical treatment of plantar fasciitis (chronic heel pain) and flat feet surgery.

Dr Ooi’s current interest is the surgical treatment of cartilage injuries and osteoarthritis of the knee, foot and ankle using biological and stem cell medical products, and scaffold implants.

His many achievements include Top 10 Teacher award for 2007-8 in Tan Tock Seng Hospital; Silver Excellent Service Award recipient for 2008; First Prize for Best Research Paper Award 2008, Singapore Medical Journal.


“I always give my patients the best care they need and empower them to make the right choice of treatments for their orthopaedic problems or injuries.”

Dr Ooi was a former Medical Board Member, Deputy Head and Consultant at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was also Division Chief of the Foot & Ankle, and Sports Medicine Services. In addition, he holds dual sub-specialty areas of expertise in foot and ankle surgery, as well as hip and knee surgery, after receiving his sub-specialty training at the Perth Orthopaedic Institute, Australia, under the Ministry of Health HMDP Training Award programme

Dr Ooi has also conducted extensive research, which has been published in local and international medical journals.

Academic and Research Contributions:

  • Research publication: Galeazzi-equivalent fracture in children associated with tendon entrapment–report of two cases. Ooi LH, Toh CL. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2001 Jan;30(1):51-4
  • Research publication: Hip fractures in nonagenarians–a study on operative and non-operative management. Ooi LH, Wong TH, Toh CL, Wong HP. Injury. 2005 Jan;36(1):142-7
  • Research publication: Does computer-assisted surgical navigation total knee arthroplasty reduce venous thromboembolism compared with conventional total knee arthroplasty? Ooi LH, Lo NN, Yeo SJ, Ong BC, Ding ZP, Lefi A
  • Research publication: Singapore Med J. 2008 Aug;49(8):610-4. Ankle lateral ligament reconstruction for chronic instability. Yong R, Lai KW, Ooi LH. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2015 Apr;23(1):62-5
  • Speaker and participant in numerous local, regional and international conferences
  • Teaching faculty for orthopaedic educational courses eg. AFFAS, APKASS, AO Trauma, SICOT

Dr Ooi is also a member of International Cartilage Regeneration and Joint Preservation Society, Asian Federation of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, event doctor for the Singapore Rugby Union and a former member of the Singapore Orthopaedic Association and AO Trauma.


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