Specialties & Services

Specialties

 

Anaesthesiology -Back to List-
Doctors who specialise in anaesthesiology are known as the Anaesthetist.
These are the doctors who specialise in administering the anaesthetic agents. The nature of their job often involve looking after unconscious patients and patients on various life supports and, because of this, the Anaesthetist is often a very important member of the intensive care team. The other area of great importance is in the area of pain management. The Anaesthetists through their detailed knowledge in the action the various drugs which can affect the nerves, an able to use this expert knowledge to control pain.

Cardiology -Back to List-
Cardiology is the area of medicine involved with the heart. Heart disease is the commonest cause of death in Malaysia today. Patient with heart disease usually complains of chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling of ankles or legs or blackouts. Another common disease seen by cardiologist is hypertension or high blood pressure. Disease of the heart can now be treated by medicine, surgery or by putting a thin wire in through a blood vessel in the groin or wrist and rectify the narrowing in the artery that supply blood to the heart- angioplasty.

Cardiac Electrophysiology -Back to List-
Cardiac electrophysiology is the science of elucidating, diagnosing, and treating the electrical activities of the heart. The term is usually used to describe studies of such phenomena by invasive (intracardiac) catheter recording of spontaneous activity as well as of cardiac responses to programmed electrical stimulation (PES). A specialist in cardiac electrophysiology is known as a cardiac electrophysiologist, simply an electrophysiologist. Cardiac electrophysiology is considered a subspecialty of cardiology. Cardiac electrophysiologists are trained to perform interventional cardiac electrophysiology studies (EPS) as well as surgical device implantations.

Cardiothoracic Surgery -Back to List-
The Surgeons who specialise in operating diseases of the heart, lungs and the thoracic cage are known as Cardiothoracic Surgeon. This specialty is dealing with a very wide range of problems affecting the lungs and the heart and the tissues inside the thoracic cage. This is especially so when the illness requires surgical intervention. The more prominent illnesses that require the help of the Cardiothoracic Surgeon are Coronary Artery bypass, repair of Vulvular Heart disease, Resection of lung especially in Lung cancer etc. Sometimes surgical intervention is also needed in order to find out the diagnosis of the disease process that affects the organs in the chest.

Dentistry -Back to List-
Dentistry is the branch of science which deals with diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body. Dentistry is widely necessary for complete oral health. Those in the practice of dentistry are known as dentists. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing ordrficient teath and/or oral and maillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in prosthodontics, the specialty of implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Prosthodontists restore oral function through prostneses and restorations (i.e., complete dentures, crowns, implant retained/ supported restorations). Cosmetic dentistry, implants and temporamandibular joint disorder all fall under the field of prosthhodontics.Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. The word comes from the Greek words ortho meaning straight and odons meaning tooth.

Dermatology -Back to List-
The doctors who specialise in skin diseases are known as Dermatologists. The skin is the body's largest organ and many disease processes can affect it. Diseases that are deep in the body may also affect the skin. Dermatologist is generally very skilled in using topical medications and sometimes either oral or parenteral medications are added to treat certain more severe skin illnesses. Many skin diseases can often be recognized by inspection alone, however in other occasions a more detailed investigation like blood test, X ray or taking a small biopsy of the skin is needed to make a proper diagnosis.

Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery -Back to List-
Ear, nose, and throat surgery is the surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, or deformations of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck areas. The purpose of surgery to the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck is to treat an abnormality (defect or disease) in these anatomical areas. Ear surgery is usually performed to correct specific causes of hearing loss. Nose surgery can include different types of procedures necessary to treat sinus problems (sinus surgery). Throat surgery can include complicated procedures such as cancer of the larynx (laryngectomy), or more simple procedures such as surgical removal of the adenoids (adenoidectomy) or tonsils (tonsillectomy). Head and neck surgery may be necessary to remove a tumor or reconstruct an area after disfigurement from trauma or injury.

Emergency Medicine and Traumatology -Back to List-
Accident & Emergency Department is a medical treatment facility, specialising in acute care of patients who present without prior appointment, either by their own means or by ambulance. Due to the unplanned nature of patient attendance, the department must provide initial treatment for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, some of which may be life-threatening and require immediate attention. The services that are provided in an emergency department can range from simple x-rays and the setting of broken bones to those of a full-scale trauma center. A patient's chance of survival is greatly improved if the patient receives definitive treatment (i.e. surgery or reperfusion) within one hour of an accident (such as a car accident) or onset of acute illness (such as a heart attack). This critical time frame is commonly known as the "golden hour".

Gastroenterology -Back to List-
This discipline covers diseases of the digestive tract which comprises the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, the liver, gallbladder, and the pancreas. Physicians who practice gastroenterology, ( which is therefore a sub-speciality of internal medicine), are trained to investigate and treat patients with these conditions.
Some of the symptoms that may show up include abdominal pain, vomiting, abdominal swelling, jaundice, diarrhoea and bleeding. Certain gastroenterological diseases such as hepatitis (inflammation of the liver ) require purely medical (i.e. non-operative ) treatment. Other conditions eg. gastrointestinal bleeding may require combined management by both physician and surgeon. Therefore in practice gastroenerologists work closely with their surgical colleagues and will refer or accept patients for consultation where appropriate.

General & Interventional Radiology -Back to List-
Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes (e.g., angiogram), while others are done for treatment purposes (e.g., angioplasty). Pictures (images) are used to direct these procedures, which are usually done with needles or other tiny instruments like small tubes called catheters. The images provide road maps that allow the Interventional Radiologist to guide these instruments through the body to the areas of interest.
Common interventional imaging modalities include fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

General Surgery -Back to List-
Doctors who specialise in general surgery are known as Surgeons. The Surgeons are well known for their skills in performing surgical operation. Many individual surgeons in addition to their general surgical skill would also have developed an interest in a field of their personal liking. Examples are like colorectal surgery, endocrine surgery, and in the recent years endoscopic- surgery and minimally- invasive surgery. Besides these, surgeons are also familiar and skilled in performing diagnostic and sometimes therapeutic endoscopic examinations.

Hepatology -Back to List-
Hepatology is the branch of medicine that incorporates study of liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas as well as management of their disorders. Although traditionally considered a sub-specialty of gastroenterology, rapid expansion has led in some countries to doctors specialising solely on this area, who are called hepatologists. Diseases and complications related to viral hepatitis and alcohol are the main reason for seeking specialist advice from a hepatologist. Up to 80% of liver cancers can be attributed to either hepatitis B or Hepatitis C virus. In terms of number of mortality, Hepatitis B is second to smoking among known agents causing cancer. And in countries where alcohol intake is on the rise, the number of people with cirrhosis liver and other related complications is increasing.

Internal Medicine -Back to List-
Doctors who specialise in Internal medicine are generally known as Physicians. They are skilled in using medications to treat all kinds of ailments. In the course of their training to become physicians they would also have learned many practical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Hence, many Physicians are skilled in performing endoscopic examinations, ultrasound imaging, and the interpretation of test results.

Oncology -Back to List-
Oncology is the branch of medicine that studies tumors (cancer). A medical professional who practices oncology is an oncologist.
The oncologist organizes the care of cancer patients, which may involve various treatments of different disciplines such as physiotherapy, counselling, clinical genetics.
Oncology is concerned with:
• the diagnosis of cancer
• therapy (e.g., surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other modalities)
• follow-up of cancer patients after successful treatment
• palliative care of patients with terminal malignancies
• ethical questions surrounding cancer care
• screening efforts:
- of populations, or
- of the relatives of patients (in types of cancer that are thought to have a hereditary basis, such as breast cancer)

Haematology -Back to List-
Haematology is the branch of biology (physiology), pathology, clinical laboratory, internal medicine, and pediatrics that is concerned with the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases. Haematology includes the study of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of blood diseases.
Physicians specialized in haematology are known as haematologists. Their routine work mainly includes the care and treatment of patients with haematological diseases, although some may also work at the haematology laboratory viewing blood films and bone marrow slides under the microscope, interpreting various haematological test results. Haematologists may specialise further or have special interests, for example in:
• treating bleeding disorders such as hemophilia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
• treating haematological malignancies such as lymphoma and leukaemia (onco haematology)
• treating haemoglobinopathies
• in the science of blood transfusion and the work of a blood bank
• in the bone marrow and stem cell transplantation

Neonatology -Back to List-
Neonatology is a subspecialty of paediatrics that consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill or premature newborn infant. It is a hospital-based specialty, and is usually practiced in neonatal intensive care units. The principal patients of neonatologists are newborn infants who are ill or requiring special medical care due to prematurity, low birth weight, intrauterine growth retardation, congenital malformations (birth defects), sepsis, or birth asphyxias.

Nephrology -Back to List-
A nephrologist or kidney specialist treats patients with all of types of kidney diseases. At the early stage of kidney disease, a nephrologist uses his clinical skills and investigative tools to reach a diagnosis and uses medications to reverse the disease process. When the kidney disease is more advanced, he strives to preserve the kidney function and manage the associated complications. If a patient's kidney failure is very advanced and irreversible, he will prepare the patient for dialysis and kidney transplantation. A nephrologist also manages ill patients who develop kidney problems as a result of other systemic diseases or surgery. One of the nephrologist's main areas of work is dealing with kidney diseases and kidney failure that result from long-standing diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology -Back to List-
Doctor who specialises in looking after female reproductive life is known as Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. These two areas of work often are fused and trained as one. Obstetrics is basically the specialty that involve looking after the process of pregnancy and delivery in the female patient while gynaecology involves the management of problems that arise from the female reproductive organs. The field is obviously very wide and the doctor in this field can expertly treat many seemingly unrelated problems like urinary incontinence in female. The other very important area often investigated and treated is infertility. Menopause and women with other sex hormone imbalances can also be helped by getting the right advice and treatment from the Gynaecologist.

Ophthalmology -Back to List-
The doctor who is specialised in treating eye conditions is known as Ophthalmologist. He is trained to examine the eye in detail and to make accurate diagnosis. He will then advise on the optimal treatment for the condition with medication, surgery or both. Detailed examination of the eye sometimes can also reveal underlying systemic illness like diabetes, high blood pressure etc.

Orthopaedic Surgery -Back to List-
Doctors who specialise in orthopaedics are known as Orthopaedic Surgeon. The orthopaedic surgeons are skilled in treating diseases affecting the bone, skeleto- muscular system and the joints. They are well known for fixing fractured bones, they are also skilled in treating various painful conditions due to degenerative changes or other pathological processes that are affecting the bone, muscle or the joints.

Sports Injury Surgery -Back to List-
Sports injury surgery is a branch of orthopaedic surgery concerned with treating injuries involving the musculoskeletal that occur to athletes in major sporting events.  In many cases, these types of injuries are due to overuse of a part of the body when participating in a certain activity.  For example, runner’s knee is a painful condition generally associated with running, while tennis elbow is a form of repetitive stress injury at the elbow.  Other types of injuries can be caused by a hard contact with something.  This can often cause a broken bone or torn ligament or tendon.

Spine Surgery -Back to List-
Spine surgery is a branch of orthopaedic surgery to treat conditions of the spine.

Paediatrics -Back to List-
Doctors who specialise in paediatrics are known as Paediatricians. Paediatricians are skilled in treating illnesses that affect the children. Special training is needed because many diseases that affect the children can be very different from that of adults. Moreover, certain complications may be very different, for instance the patients seen by the Paediatrician may be affected by illnesses that are congenital or is hereditary. Another example is that the young patients are still growing, hence the disease process quite apart from causing problems to the particular system may also disturb or delay the developmental process of the patient. Like fields in medicine, the psychological and the social impacts for the patient of any particular illness may also be very different from that of adults. The Paediatrician who has his counterpart in the General Physician is skilled in using medications in treating a very wide range of illnesses.

Paediatric Surgery -Back to List-
Surgeons who specialise in performing operations on newborns and children are known as Paediatric Surgeon. After qualifying as a surgeon, a paediatric surgeon has additional training to deal with many rare and complicated conditions affecting young patients especially newborns. These rare conditions are usually congenital problems affecting the organs in the chest and abdomen especially those related to the intestine. Not all surgical conditions in children need to be operated on and the paediatric surgeon will be able to give the appropriate advice. He is also able to perform diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy.

Pathology -Back to List-
Pathology is the study and diagnosis of diseases through examination of organs, tissues, bodily fluids and whole bodies (Autopsy). The term also encompasses the related scientific study of disease processes called General pathology. General pathology, also called investigative pathology, experimental pathology or theoretical pathology, is a broad and complex scientific field which seeks to understand the mechanisms of injury to cells and tissues, as well as the body’s means of responding to and repairing injury. This study includes cellular adaptation to injury, necrosis, inflammation, wound healing and neoplasia which facilitate the knowledge to diagnose diseases in humans. Medical pathology is divided in two main branches, Anatomical pathology and Clinical pathology. Medical pathologists are physicians who diagnose and characterize diseases in living patients by examining biopsies or body fluid. Most cancer diagnoses are made or confirmed by pathologists. Pathologists may also conduct autopsies to investigate causes of death. Forensic pathology is a branch of Pathology concerned with determining the cause of death by examination of a cadaver. The autopsy is performed by the pathologist at the request of a coroner usually during the investigation of criminal law cases and civil law cases in some jurisdictions. Forensic pathologists are also frequently asked to confirm the identity of a cadaver.

Plastic Surgery -Back to List-
The service provided can be divided into medical treatments, such as skin lumps & bumps, skin cancers and various other lesions of the skin including some congenital abnormalities, and cosmetic or aesthetic procedures. The cosmetic procedures offered include:

Non-surgical treatments:

Botulinum toxin injections:
These are used for the treatment of fine lines & wrinkles. It can also be used to treat excess sweating under the arms (hyperhidrosis), muscle spasms eg blepharospasm and migraine.

Dermal fillers:
The commonest filler used is Restylane (hyaluronic acid). This is used to fill furrows, dents & smaller defects.

Laser treatment:
The lasers we have are able to treat vascular lesions eg thread veins, spider veins, smaller leg veins and some vascular ‘stains’ of the skin. They are also able to treat pigmentation of the skin. The lasers are also used for hair removal.

Keloid scar treatment:
These are treated by a combination of methods including laser, injections and surgery where needed.

Surgical Treatments:

Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty):
Surgery of the upper eyelids is performed to remove excess skin or to create the ‘double eyelid’. Lower eyelid surgery is performed to remove the lower lid ‘eye-bags’. Both upper & lower eyelid surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. They may also be performed together with other procedures.

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty):
Surgery to change the shape of the nose is always performed under general anaesthetic. Surgery may involve making the nose smaller (reduction) or making it larger (augmentation). Enlarging the nose is mostly done to increase the height of the nose. The shape of the nose, particularly the tip, may also be refined with either of these operations.

Face & neck lift:
As we get older, the skin & soft tissues of the face & neck lose their elasticity. As a result, they begin to sag. This can be corrected by means of a face lift. The neck is often tightened as part of this operation.

Protruding ears:
If the ears are protruding from the side of the head they can be set back in a more satisfactory position. This operation is called a pinnaplasty or otoplasty.

Breast enlargement:
Women who want larger breasts can have these enlarged by inserting a prosthesis either under the breast tissue or under the muscle of the chest.

Arm reduction:
Some women as they get older develop excess skin in the upper arms. These are often called ‘bat–wings’. These can be reduced by removing the excess skin and fat.

Scar revision:
Unattractive scars can often be improved by revising them surgically.

Prosthodontics -Back to List-
A Prosthodontist is a Dental Surgeon who specialise in procedures such as union and bridgework, denture work, tooth implants, root canal treatment and other cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry like fillings and extractions.

Psychiatry -Back to List-
Doctors who specialise in psychiatry are known as Psychiatrist. A Psychiatrist is skilled in treating mental illnesses. The recent advances in the field of psychiatry has equipped the Psychiatrist with a wide range of medications that are able to restore the imbalance to the chemicals in the brain when there is mental illness. A Psychiatrist is also trained in treating patients who become mentally disturbed due to certain traumatic life events by guiding and identifying the problems for the patient- Psychotherapy.

Radiology -Back to List-
The doctors who specialise in radiology are known as Radiologists and the technicians who help to take the X-ray pictures are the radiographers. Radiologists are trained and skilled in interpreting the X-ray films and other medical images. Their skills are crucial to secure the diagnosis of a wide range of illnesses. This is possible because the Radiologist is able to use his unique medical knowledge and combine that with the findings on the radiological images taken. The field of radiology like all the other fields in medicine continues to improve and expand. Hence there are more and more sophisticated radiological methods which not only are able to visualize body parts better, less invasive but also offer the Radiologist important and detailed information on the structural changes to the organ investigated. This hospital is blessed with the latest CT Scanner and Magnetic Resonance machine that give superb radiological pictures. Some radiologists are also very skilled in carrying out certain invasive procedures and some of these are diagnostic while others may be therapeutic.

Respiratory Medicine -Back to List-
Respiratory, pulmonology on chest medicine is a specialty that deals with diseases of the lungs and the respiratory tract. This specialty is considered a branch of internal medicine and is closely related to intensive care medicine and thoracic surgery. When dealing with patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Respiratory medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases as well as secondary prevention as in tuberculosis.

Urology -Back to List-
Urology is the surgical specialty that focuses on the urinary tracts of males and females, and on the reproductive system of males. Medical professionals specializing in the field of urology are called urologists and are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with urological disorders. The organs covered by urology include the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs (testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis). Urology combines management of medical (i.e., non-surgical) problems such as urinary infections, and surgical problems such as the corrections of congenital abnormalities and the surgical management of cancers.