Liposuction news in Singapore - liposuction treatment can be done only in hospitals or clinics approved for day surgery

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MOH cuts down on clinics offering liposuction
From The Straits Times - 3rd Nov 2014

SINGAPORE - Out of 29 clinics now offering liposuction, the removal of fat for aesthetic reasons, only nine will be allowed to continue doing so.

From March next year, liposuction treatment can be done only in hospitals or clinics approved for day surgery, under new Ministry of Health (MOH) rules to tighten control of this procedure and improve patient safety.

Liposuction has already led to at least two deaths here in the past five years.

In a statement issued yesterday, the MOH said: "As a highly invasive procedure, liposuction has been known to cause severe complications, including death. Hence, it should be carried out only by trained doctors in well-equipped and well-staffed facilities."

Under the new rules, the removal of more than one litre of fat from one spot will have to be done in a hospital as an inpatient treatment.

So will any liposuction for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 28 and below, or who require general anaesthesia. A BMI higher than 28 is considered obese in Asians.

Until now, these could be done at clinics licensed to do day surgery, which are called ambulatory surgical centres.

In future, these centres will be allowed to do only liposuctions that involve less than one litre of fat.

All clinics that are now licensed to do liposuction have been informed of the changes, which are already in effect, but will not be enforced till March 1 next year, to give them a grace period to wind down their liposuction treatments.

Regulations on doctors and clinics allowed to do liposuction were instituted in November 2008, and revised in 2010, following a rise in the number of general practitioners offering the treatment.

The Straits Times reported last year that there were 38 general practitioners and 24 specialists, including plastic surgeons, accredited to perform liposuction in Singapore. Latest figures show that only 24 doctors have full accreditation, with another 34 having conditional accreditation. Doctors working in hospitals do not need this accreditation.

Plastic surgeon Leslie Kuek, one of the 24 fully accredited doctors, said the changes would mean he will have to perform the treatment somewhere else, as his clinic is not a surgical centre. "I don't understand the rationale behind this. It would be useful for the MOH to have a dialogue with senior doctors in private practice over the changes," he said.
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Revised licensing rules for liposuction procedures
- 31 Oct 2014
Under the new rules, high-risk procedures can only be done in hospitals and will require patients to be admitted. Clinics will need to apply for approval to become Ambulatory Surgical Centres, and apply for additional approval to provide liposuction.

SINGAPORE: The Health Ministry (MOH) has revised licensing rules for liposuction procedures to uphold the quality of care and safety in provision of such services. The revised rules are in effect. High-risk procedures can only be done in hospitals and will require patients to be admitted.

MOH announced in a press release on Friday (Oct 31) that clinics will need to apply for approval to become Ambulatory Surgical Centres. They will then h
ave to apply for additional approval to provide liposuction in their clinics.


For existing clinics that are providing liposuction services, this revised set of licensing terms and conditions will be enforced from Mar 1, 2015.

Liposuction has been known to cause severe complications, including death. In 2009, 44-year-old Franklin Heng, a CEO of a real estate firm, had a major complication in his liposuction procedure at a private clinic and died.

MOH said members of the public are reminded to ensure that the medical practitioners and healthcare institutions consulted are properly licensed or accredited.





Dr Ying Chien Tan.
The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre
Address: 10 Sinaran Drive. #08-35 Novena Medical Center
Singapore 307506. Telephone contact no.: 63976848

Dr Andrew George TAY.
Novena Medical Center
Address: 10 Sinaran Drive #11-33, Singapore 307506
Telephone contact number. : (65) 6397 6618

Dr Marco Faria CORREA .
East shore Medical centre
319 Joo Chiat Place, #02-07. Singapore 427989
Tel. : 6464 8075

A/Prof Poh-Him FONG.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Level 1, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 398433
Tel. : 6251 2501

Dr Soo-Wan HONG.
820 Thomson Road, #02 21 Medical Centre A
Mt Alvernia Hospital. Singapore 574623
Tel. : 6352 9512

Adjunct A/Prof Ivor Jiun-LIM.
1 Orchard Boulevard #12-01/02
Camden Medical Centre. Singapore 248649
Tel. : 6887 3852

Dr Yong Chen POR.
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Level 2, Children’s Tower, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital
100, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899. Tel. 6294-4050

Marcus TC WONG.
Aesthetic Surgery. Department of General Surgery,
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433
Tel. : 6256 6011

Dr Woffles TL WU.
Camden Medical Centre
#09-02, One Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 249615
Tel. : 6733 9771

Dr Vincent KL YEOW. Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.
Level 2, Children's Tower, KK Women's & Children's Hospital
100, Bukit timah Road, Singapore 229899. Tel. : 6394 1511



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SINGAPORE - Out of 29 clinics now offering liposuction, the removal of fat for aesthetic reasons, only nine will be allowed to continue doing so.
From March next year, liposuction treatment can be done only in hospitals or clinics approved for day surgery, under new Ministry of Health (MOH) rules to tighten control of this procedure and improve patient safety.
Liposuction has already led to at least two deaths here in the past five years.
In a statement issued yesterday, the MOH said: "As a highly invasive procedure, liposuction has been known to cause severe complications, including death. Hence, it should be carried out only by trained doctors in well-equipped and well-staffed facilities."
Under the new rules, the removal of more than one litre of fat from one spot will have to be done in a hospital as an inpatient treatment.
So will any liposuction for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 28 and below, or who require general anaesthesia. A BMI higher than 28 is considered obese in Asians.
Until now, these could be done at clinics licensed to do day surgery, which are called ambulatory surgical centres.
In future, these centres will be allowed to do only liposuctions that involve less than one litre of fat.
All clinics that are now licensed to do liposuction have been informed of the changes, which are already in effect, but will not be enforced till March 1 next year, to give them a grace period to wind down their liposuction treatments.
Regulations on doctors and clinics allowed to do liposuction were instituted in November 2008, and revised in 2010, following a rise in the number of general practitioners offering the treatment.
The Straits Times reported last year that there were 38 general practitioners and 24 specialists, including plastic surgeons, accredited to perform liposuction in Singapore. Latest figures show that only 24 doctors have full accreditation, with another 34 having conditional accreditation. Doctors working in hospitals do not need this accreditation.
Plastic surgeon Leslie Kuek, one of the 24 fully accredited doctors, said the changes would mean he will have to perform the treatment somewhere else, as his clinic is not a surgical centre. "I don't understand the rationale behind this. It would be useful for the MOH to have a dialogue with senior doctors in private practice over the changes," he said.
- See more at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/moh-cuts-down-clinics-offering-liposuction#sthash.LP9QJdND.dpuf
SINGAPORE - Out of 29 clinics now offering liposuction, the removal of fat for aesthetic reasons, only nine will be allowed to continue doing so.
From March next year, liposuction treatment can be done only in hospitals or clinics approved for day surgery, under new Ministry of Health (MOH) rules to tighten control of this procedure and improve patient safety.
Liposuction has already led to at least two deaths here in the past five years.
In a statement issued yesterday, the MOH said: "As a highly invasive procedure, liposuction has been known to cause severe complications, including death. Hence, it should be carried out only by trained doctors in well-equipped and well-staffed facilities."
Under the new rules, the removal of more than one litre of fat from one spot will have to be done in a hospital as an inpatient treatment.
So will any liposuction for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 28 and below, or who require general anaesthesia. A BMI higher than 28 is considered obese in Asians.
Until now, these could be done at clinics licensed to do day surgery, which are called ambulatory surgical centres.
In future, these centres will be allowed to do only liposuctions that involve less than one litre of fat.
All clinics that are now licensed to do liposuction have been informed of the changes, which are already in effect, but will not be enforced till March 1 next year, to give them a grace period to wind down their liposuction treatments.
Regulations on doctors and clinics allowed to do liposuction were instituted in November 2008, and revised in 2010, following a rise in the number of general practitioners offering the treatment.
The Straits Times reported last year that there were 38 general practitioners and 24 specialists, including plastic surgeons, accredited to perform liposuction in Singapore. Latest figures show that only 24 doctors have full accreditation, with another 34 having conditional accreditation. Doctors working in hospitals do not need this accreditation.
Plastic surgeon Leslie Kuek, one of the 24 fully accredited doctors, said the changes would mean he will have to perform the treatment somewhere else, as his clinic is not a surgical centre. "I don't understand the rationale behind this. It would be useful for the MOH to have a dialogue with senior doctors in private practice over the changes," he said.
- See more at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/moh-cuts-down-clinics-offering-liposuction#sthash.LP9QJdND.dpu

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