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Dr. Benedict Peng Chan Wearn , Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Medical Group: Island Orthopaedic Consultants
Qualification: M.R.C.S, M.MED., F.R.C.S, MBChB (Leeds), MRCS (Edinburgh), MMed (Singapore) (Orthopaedics), FRCS (Edinburgh) (Orthopaedics)
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Spinal Surgery
Medical Group Address: 6 Napier Road #02-16, Gleneagles Medical Center
Singapore 258499
Operating Hours: Mon to Sat 9am to 1pm Mon to Fri 2pm to 5pm
Years of Practise: 15
Practice Locations: Gleneagles Hospital

Special Interest

• Spinal Surgery


Dr Peng's surgical expertise is related to the spine and includes degenerative diseases, deformity, trauma, tumors and infections. His special areas of interests are minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation surgery including dynamic stabilization and dynamic fusion technologies and artificial disc replacement. In addition Dr Peng also performs General Orthopedics Surgeries including Adult Reconstruction such as knee and hip replacement and Sports Orthopedic Surgery and Arthroscopy.

Present Position

• Orthopaedic Surgeon, Gleneagles and Mount Elizabeth Hospitals


Other Appointments

• Visiting Consultant, Singapore General Hospital
• Mentor, Orthopaedic Surgery Advanced Specialist Training Programme
• Clinical Teacher, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
• Medical Doctor, Republic of Singapore Army
• National Committee Member – AOSpine (Asia-Pacific) Research Committee
• National Committee Member – World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques


Memberships

• International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery
• North American Spine Society
• AOSpine
• Asia-Pacific Orthopaedic Association
• Singapore Orthopaedic Association
• Singapore Medical Association


Dr Benedict Peng is a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in the management of spine conditions. He completed his Fellowship training in Spine Surgery in New York at The Hospital for Special Surgery and The Hospital for Joint Diseases.


Experience

Dr Benedict Peng graduated with Honours from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, in 1996. He subsequently obtained his Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (Singapore) and FRCS (Edinburgh) in Orthopaedics. He went on to complete his Fellowship training in Spine Surgery in New York at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery and Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr Peng gained his experience as a Consultant Spine Surgeon at Singapore General Hospital which has the highest volume of spine surgeries in Singapore. His surgical expertise is related to the spine and includes degenerative diseases, deformity, trauma, tumors, and infections.

Dr Peng’s philosophy is to always provide a comprehensive assessment of his patient’s condition and to offer them the most appropriate and effective treatment available. Common procedures performed by Dr Peng include minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation surgery including dynamic stabilization and dynamic fusion technologies, artificial disc replacement and spinal deformity correction. Minimally invasive procedures that he performs as day surgery and therefore not requiring hospitalization are:

1. Microdiscectomy and percutaneous discectomy for slipped disc
2. Interspinous device stabilization for spinal stenosis
3. Spinal injections to relieve neck and back pain
4. Vertebroplasty / kyphoplasty for spinal fractures

Dr Peng has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery. With minimally invasive surgery, patients have shorter hospitalization and recover much faster with smaller scars. Dr Peng’s expertise in this field is recognized internationally. He is frequently invited to speak on his experience and surgical techniques in minimally invasive spine surgery in numerous regional and international conferences. He is also involved as course faculty and instructor in many local and international spine surgery courses. In addition, he is often invited to teach new and advanced spine surgical techniques in hospitals overseas. He has published the results of minimally invasive spine surgery such as minimally invasive spine fusion and percutaneous endoscopic discectomy in prestigious spine journals.

Dr Peng is at the forefront of spine surgery involving motion preservation technologies such as artificial disc replacement and dynamic spine stabilization. These new surgical techniques allow patients to preserve spinal motion after spine surgery as compared to traditional techniques. Dr Peng’s research and experience with these new technologies have been presented in international meetings and published in the spine journals.

Dr Peng is actively involved in research and is a member of the AOSpine (Asia-Pacific) Research Committee which carries out and co-ordinates research in the Asia-Pacific region. He also serves as an expert reviewer for many international journals.

Dr Peng is a Clinical Teacher at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Mentor for Orthopaedic Surgery Advanced Specialist Training Programme. He is a member of North American Spine Society, AO Spine and The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He is also a recipient of the Service with A Heart Award from Singapore General Hospital in recognition of his caring attitude towards his patients.

Dr Peng frequently conducts local and regional conferences and also lectures in courses on spine surgery both locally and internationally. He is also involved in courses for General Practitioners and often gives talks to the public on spine conditions.

Dr Peng is actively involved in research and has published extensively in both local and international journals. He has also presented his research in many local and international meetings.


Awards

• AO Spine Travelling Fellowship (2007)
• SGH Service with A Heart Award (2006)
• Pittsburgh Society Award (2002)
• Garland Prize in Clinical Neurology (1996)
• Tetley and Lupton Scholarship (University of Leeds) (1991-1996)
• Medical Insurance Agency Charity Award – for Elective Programme (1995)
• Lady Moynihan Award – for Elective Research (1995)
• Infirmary Prize – for Best Performance in 2nd MB (1993)
• Biochemistry Prize – for Best Performance in Biochemistry (1993)
• Shuttleworth Prize – for Best Performance in Anatomy (1993)
• Crabtree Prize – for Outstanding Academic Performance (1992)


Recent Invited Podium Speaker
3rd ISMISS Congress: “Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion.”

Vietnam Orthopaedic Association Meeting 2009: “Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion – Surgical Techniques and Clinical Outcomes”

2nd ISMISS Congress: “Clinical and Radiological Outcomes of Minimally Invasive versus Open Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion.”


Recent Publications
Peng C W, Yue W M, Poh S Y, Yeo W, Tan S B. Clinical and Radiological Outcomes of Minimally Invasive versus Open Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Spine 2009 Jun 1;34(13):1385-9

Peng C W, Yeo W, Tan S B. Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy: clinical and quality of life outcomes with a minimum 2 year follow-up. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 2009 Jun 25; 4:20

Peng C W, Quirno M, Bendo J A, Spivak J M, Goldstein J A. Effect of Intervertebral Disk Height on Post-operative Motion Following Prodisc-C Cervical Disk Replacement. The Spine Journal 2009 Jul; 9(7):551-5.

Peng C W, Yue W M, Tan SB. Intermediate Results of the Prestige-LP Cervical Disc Replacement: Clinical and Radiological Analysis with Minimum 2 year followup. Accepted by Spine for publication

Peng C W, Yeo W, Tan S B. Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy: Clinical Results and How It Affects the Quality of Life. Accepted by Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques for publication

Peng C W, Bendo J A, Goldstein J A, Nalbandian M. Peri-operative Outcomes of Anterior Lumbar Surgery in Obese versus Non-obese patient. The Spine Journal 2009 Sep; 9(9):715-20.

Woon C Y L, Peng CW, Chen J L T. The interval to surgery in spontaneous spinal epidural hematomas: two cases with contrasting outcomes. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery 2009 Aug; 17(2):216-9

Peng C W, Chou BT, Bendo JA, Spivak JM. Vertebral Artery Injury in Cervical Spine Surgery - Anatomical Considerations, Management and Preventive Measures. The Spine Journal 2009 Jan; 9(1):70-76

Peng C W, Tay B K, Lee B P. Prospective trial of resurfaced patella versus non-resurfaced patella in simultaneous bilateral total knee replacement. Singapore Med J 2003 Jul; 44(7):347-51.

Peng C W, Tan S G. Polyurethane grafts: a viable alternative for dialysis arteriovenous access? Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann 2003 Dec; 11(4):314-8.

Peng C W, Tan S G. Perioperative and rehabilitative outcomes after amputation for ischaemic leg gangrene. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2000 Mar 29(2): 168-172



Course Organizer and Invited Faculty
2009 - International Neurosurgery Hospital Vertebroplasty Workshop

2009 - 6th Inspiration Meeting and Scientific Program for Spine Surgeons

2009 to 2010 - ISMISS Congress – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

2006 to 2009 - Minimally Invasive Spine Course

2006 to 2009 - Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement

2008 to 2009 - Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty

2008 - Spineweek

2008 - Spine Computer Navigation

2008 - Cervical Neurotrauma Course