- M Med(ORL)
Awards and Achievements
- Service with a Heart Award
- National Healthcare Group Teaching Award (Luar biasa)
Dr Chin is a consultant ENT surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in rhinology and endoscopic sinus surgery. He was previously Director of Rhinology Service at Changi General Hospital (CGH) from 2013 to 2016 and was also a visiting specialist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). Presently, he continues to serve as a visiting consultant at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKWCH) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH).
After completing ENT specialist training in Singapore in 2011, Dr Chin pursued advanced rhinology training with the Sydney Clinical Rhinology Fellowship, a programme accredited by the American Rhinologic Society. Under the mentorship of world-renown rhinologists Professor Richard Harvey & Professor Ray Sacks, together with Dr George Marcells, a leading Australian facial plastic ENT surgeon, Dr Chin had the opportunity for comprehensive training in covering functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), endoscopic skull base surgery (ESBS) and nasal airway surgery including functional rhinoplasty.
Beyond endoscopic sinus surgery, he has a keen interest in the management of nasal polyposis and its impact on the upper and lower airways He is also a strong proponent of the importance of the nasal airway and functional nasal airway surgery.
What is endoscopic sinus surgery? Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS) is simply any surgical procedure for the sinuses performed through the nostrils and visualised with an endoscope. When sinus surgery is performed to treat a condition e. g. sinusitis (inflammation or infection of the paranasal sinuses), and we want to maximise the chance of the sinus returning to normal function, this is called Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). FESS is thus the most common type of ESS. What is balloon sinuplasty?
Firstly, tonsillectomy is generally a safe procedure . However, risks may often occur in the first 2 weeks after the surgery . Unlike other surgeries, the throat muscles stay exposed after the surgery. That said, other surgeries will involve closing the wound to protect the delicate tissues that are not usually exposed to the air, causing the risk of bleeding to increase . As the tonsils sit on the throat muscles, the surgery will definitely affect the control of these muscles.
When we exercise and we need more air, we open our mouths and indeed it is easier to breathe. When we sleep, however, the situation is totally different; breathing through the nose is a necessity, not an option. In research on normal patients, the upper airway resistance (and therefore the effort required to breathe) is much higher with mouth breathing compared to nose breathing. Why is this the case? The main reason is that when we sleep, the muscles of the throat and tongue are relaxed (especially during rapid eye movement -REM- sleep).