Join us at our Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention Festival Webinar!
Find out more in this talk:
Date: 20 November 2021
Time: 10am – 11am
Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break (fracture).
The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are broken wrist, broken hip, broken spinal bones (vertebrae).
The condition tends to happen more in certain groups such as women post-menopause, some metabolic conditions and associated with intake of some medications. There are easily available tests available to diagnose this condition as well as a number of treatment options.
Osteoporosis can have significant negative impact on the health of a person and an economic impact on health costs for society. Early identification and prevention measures have significant cost-benefit advantages.
By Speaker: Dr Aravind Kumar
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Centre For Orthopaedics –
Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital
As an experienced Orthopaedic Spine surgeon, Dr Aravind provides the whole gamut of Spinal Surgery including degenerative, tumour and trauma work as part of a team. He has developed his skills in minimally invasive techniques, including discectomies, decompressions and inter-body fusions. He also does annulo-nucleoplasty procedures. Dr Aravind continues using anterior approaches to the spine as well lateral approaches for both degenerative conditions and deformities such as degenerative scoliosis. He provides emergency spine service along with his neuro-surgical colleagues. He has innovated in the provision of services despite limited manpower. One example is the establishment of a 1 Stop Low Back Pain service, the early results of which were presented
at the inaugural meeting of the Singapore Spine Society.
In the 7 years that Dr Aravind has been a consultant, he has established a weekly didactic spine teaching programme for residents. This has been very popular, well attended and highly rated by the residents. Dr Aravind is also creating a website for resident spine education, especially to accelerate learning in the operating theatre. Their preliminary work on this was presented at the APMEC F11conference 2017. He was a Core Faculty Member of NHG orthopaedic residency training and a member of the programme evaluation and Clinical Competency Committees. Dr Aravind is deeply committed to training the next generation of spine surgeons and he feels that he has inspired residents to consider spinal surgery as a career by demystifying spinal surgery and making it an enjoyable training experience. Dr Aravind has made rapid strides in the teaching of medical students. He holds the post of Adjunct Assistant F11Professor in NUSMed, affiliated to the National University, Singapore. Dr Aravind was recently awarded the NUS Dean’s award for Excellence in Teaching. He has repeatedly received very appreciative feedback from students, and he takes immense pride in their superb performance.
As Spinal surgery lead clinician in Dr Aravind’s previous unit, he was responsible for setting the agenda for my department. This included identifying clinical, training and logistical need and engineering and executing solutions. Dr Aravind has extensive experience with organising my team in delivering spinal care services in a sustainable and responsible fashion. He continued to identify service needs and organised resources to meet these.