Dr. Anandakumar Vellasamy is a Swiss-fellowship-trained, board-accredited Orthopaedic specialist surgeon, with a particular subspecialty interest in foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries and lower limb trauma. He is currently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Parkway East Hospital and Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore.

As a former consultant from the Singapore General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital, Dr. Ananda’s clinic practice involves minimally invasive surgical techniques addressing foot and ankle disorders, traumatic injuries of the lower limb and various sports injuries, the following areas of foot & ankle surgery:

  • Sports injuries, ligament injuries & tendinopathies
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery for management of cartilage defects and impingement
  • Forefoot deformity correction (Bunions and lesser toe deformities)
  • Management of foot pain (metatarsalgia)
  • Management of Diabetic foot ulcers, Charcot’s joints & wounds
  • Management of fractures around the foot & ankle
  • Correction of flatfeet & high arched feet
  • Management of arthritis including Total Ankle Replacement and osteotomies

Dr. Ananda successfully performed the first lateral total ankle replacement surgery in South East Asia for end stage ankle arthritis. The repertoire of his use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques span from calcaneal fractures to foot and ankle deformity corrections including flat feet and bunion corrections. He is also well versed in ankle arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery to address sports ligament injuries and is well versed in the all-inside (knotless) technique for the Brostrum Gould Reconstruction for ankle instability.

Dr. Ananda graduated with a MBBS from the National University of Singapore in 2003. He was awarded the Best Houseman Award during his medical posting as a Houseman. He pursued his postgraduate training in Orthopaedic Surgery in Singapore and obtained his fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He was awarded the N. Balachandran Memorial Lectureship award in the final year of his Orthopaedic Residency in 2014. He was subsequently also awarded the prestigious AO trauma fellowship award in 2015.

He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award in 2016 for “The Way Forward in Delivering World Class Care in Foot and Ankle Surgery” which enabled him to pursue his fellowship training in Switzerland under world-renowned foot and ankle surgeons Professor Beat Hintermann, Professor Fabian Krause and trauma surgeon Professor Karl Stoffel in Kantosspital Baselland and Inselspital Bern University Hospital. Dr. Ananda also further honed his skills by training with Dr. Alexandro Pellegrino at the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Etzel clinic in Zurich.

Dr. Ananda is active in teaching medical students at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Duke-NUS Medical School, as well as Orthopaedic Surgery residents and Family Medicine Trainees. He was part of the Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery Committee that is involved in orchestrating training of junior orthopaedic surgery residents.

He has held and holds membership in the AO foundation, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), European Society of Sports, Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA),  American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), the Singapore Orthopaedic Association (SOA) and is also part of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society of Singapore (OFASS).

Dr. Ananda has presented at numerous orthopaedic surgery meetings both local and international, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFFORT) and at the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association (AOA) meetings.

He has also spearheaded meaningful collaborations with A*STAR ( Agency For Science, Technology and Research) and was awarded the Singhealth Academic Medicine Research Grant for the project “ Development of Injectable Bioactive Hydrogels to promote joint regeneration in osteoarthritis through alleviation of inflammation and oxidative stress” in April 2019 for which he was the Primary Investigator.

Dr. Ananda has spearheaded biomechanical projects studying effects of calcaneal length on subtalar pressures in normal gait and is continuing to develop this field to better help patients with foot and ankle pain.

 

Dr. Ananda is a cycling enthusiast and has been involved in various cycling fundraiser events for charities and in helping the elderly and needy patients in society.

He also believes that being an athlete himself allows him to understand the rigors of competition and the special considerations that athletes require in rehabilitation and the road to recovery and competition post-injury.

RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. Donor Outcomes in Living Related Liver Transplantations 2002
    • Poster Presentation in Medical School Electives.
  2. A comparison of retractable and non-retractable Syringes in venesuction procedures 2006
    • Poster presentation in Military Medicine Conference Singapore Armed Forces 2006.
  3. The bleeding pelvic fracture: Predictors for angiographic evaluation. A single centre retrospective study
    • Oral presentation at Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meet 2011
    • Oral presentation ASEAN Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2011.
    • Oral presentation ESSKA 2012 conference Geneva.
    • Published in the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma. 1st Author. (J Clin Orthop Trauma. Jun 2013 4(2) 70-74)
  4. Falls in Domestic workers in Singapore. An epidemiological study.
    • Oral Presentation at the Central European Orthopaedic Congress (CEOC) Slovenia 2012.
    • Oral presentation at Annual Scientific Meeting Singapore Orthopaedic Association 2012.
  5. A Comparison of long vs short PFNA for intertrochanteric fractures.
    • Oral Presentation at 31st Singapore Orthopaedic Association ASM 2017
    • Accepted for publication in “Current Orthopaedic Practice” 2020
  6. Short term outcomes of conventional and modified anchor to post deltoid ligament repair techniques in trauma related medial ankle instability.
    • Oral Presentation at 31st Singapore Orthopaedic Association ASM 2017
    • Accepted for publication in “Current Orthopaedic Practice” 2020
  7. Percutaneous Reduction of an Incarcerated plantar ligament for dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the second toe: A novel technique.
    • Presented at AFFAS meeting 2019
  8. Innovative Percutaneous technique of tendon harvesting in tendon transfer for Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
    • Presented at SOA ASM meeting 2019
  9. Case Report: Bimalleolar Ankle injury treated with Fibulock nail in the prone position and Anatomic Deltoid ligament repair with anchor-to-post suture reinforcement.
    • Accepted for publication in Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2020
  10. Case Report: Hallux Mallet Injury
    • Accepted for publication in Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2020
  11. Analysis of the post-operative structural angles in Haglunds Syndrome and their correlation with functional outcomes.
    • Accepted for publication in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery 2020

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS RECEIVED

  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award Silver 2016
  • 10 years Long Service Award Singhealth 2015
  • Professor N Balachandran Lectureship Award 2013
  • Best Houseman Award in Changi Hospital in 2004
  • SINDA Academic Excellence Award A levels 1998
  • SINDA Academic Excellence Award O levels 1996
  • “You Sparkle” Awards – Silver 2020

COURSES AND CONFERENCES ATTENDED

BASIC TRAINING RELATED COURSES
  • Basic Surgical Skills Course May 2007
  • 18th Hand Review course and Annual Scientific Meeting Jan 2009
  • Wound Closure and tendon repair workshop July 2009
  • Biostatistics for research course May 2009
  • Biomechanics course Part I Jul 2009, Part II Jul 2010
  • AO Trauma Basic principles in operative fracture management Course Aug 2009
  • X-Ray reading course National Healthcare Group College Feb 2010
  • Advanced Trauma and Life support certification Aug 2010

SPECIALIZED COURSES RELATED TO SPECIALTY AND SUBSPECIALTY

  • Open Fracture Management course National University Hospital Oct 2010
  • AO trauma Foot and Ankle Course Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Jun 2011
  • Medtronic Midas Rex Workshop Oct 2011
  • AO trauma Advances in operative fracture management course Aug 2011
  • 1st Basic Ilizarov course Tan Tock Seng Hospital Mar 2012
  • Depuy Institute Cadaveric course Chulalongkorn dissection lab in Bangkok ASEAN Primary Hip and Knee Course. Jun 2012.
  • National University Hospital Hand and reconstructive basic microsurgery course Feb 2013
  • Singapore Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy and Reconstruction cadaveric workshop Sept 2013.
  • Hong Kong FRCS Basic Science Course Oct 2013
  • Singapore FRCS 35th postgraduate course Feb 2014
  • Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Preparatory Course for HKCOS and RCSEd
  • Joint Specialty Fellowship Examination Feb 2014
  • Foot and Ankle Pre-EFFORT instructional course on Hallux Valgus Lausanne Switzerland Oct 2014
  • Arthrex sponsored Foot and Ankle attachment Cologne Oct 2014
  • AO Master course periprosthetic fracture Feb 2015 Barcelona Spain
  • AAOS Las Vegas Mar 2015
  • AO trauma fellowship ankle arthroscopy course Friebourg Switzerland Sept 2015
  • Arthrex foot and ankle Mega course Munich arthrex lab Oct 2015
  • AO Davos Masters course Switzerland Dec 2015
  • Smith and Nephew Knee Arthroplasty Course Cadaveric with hospital attachment Brussels, Belgium Feb 2016.
  • Foot and Ankle Days Jan 2017 ( Hintermann cadaveric course) Basel, Switzerland
  • Bone Preservation for primary Hip Arthroplasty cadaveric course March 7th Muttenz, Basel.
  • Zimmer TM Ankle cadaveric course: The lateral total ankle replacement by the inventor Professor Lew Schon, Vienna Jun 2017.

MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES ATTENDED

  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting Oct 2010
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association 34th Annual Scientific Meeting Oct 2011
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association 35th Annual Scientific Meeting Oct 2012
  • ASEAN orthopaedic association 31st Annual Meeting Pattaya Oct 2011
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting San Francisco CA Feb 2012.
  • European Society of Sports, Traumatology, knee surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) 15th Congress May 2012.
  • Central European Orthopaedic Conference Portoroz Slovenia Jun 2012
  • AAOS Las Vegas 2015 Feb.
  • SOA Annual Scientific meeting 2017
  • SOA Annual Scientific meeting 2019

Profile Details

SUMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery MBBS (Singapore) 2003
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons MRCS (Edinburgh) 2009
  • Master of Medicine MMed (Orthopaedic Surgery) National University of Singapore 2014
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (Orthopaedic Surgery) 2014

ACCREDITATION AND LICENSE

  • Singapore Medical Council specialist accreditation (Orthopaedic Surgery)  Jun 2014
  • Singapore Medical Council practising license
  • AO trauma (member)
  • European Foot And Ankle Society (Member)
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association (member)
  • Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society of Singapore (member)

FELLOWSHIP

  • AO trauma fellowship in Inselspital Bern University Hospital under Prof Klaus Sibenrock and Dr Fabian Krause (Jul -Sep 2015).
  • Trauma and Foot and Ankle Fellowship in Kantonsspital Baselland and Liestal, Switzerland under Professor Karl Stoffel, Professor Hintermann and Dr Marcus Knupp. ( Aug – Nov 2016)
  • Foot and Ankle Fellowship (Dec 2016 – Jul 2017) in Inselspital Bern Switzerland under Professor Fabian Krause.
  • Foot and Ankle Specialty Attachment (Dec 2019) in Centre of Minimally Invasive Surgery Etzelclinic Zurich under Dr Alexandro Pelligrino.
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