CHARMS at Mt Elizabeth Orchard prioritizes its patients’ well-being. With a deeper understanding of the major role that the hands play in the lives of patients, the centre strives to provide quick solutions and speedy recovery so patients are able to go back to their normal activities. Restoration of hand function and preservation of the quality of life are the centre’s primary goals.
CHARMS provides specialist hand treatment for arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, congenital hand abnormalities, nerve injuries, and hand fractures and injuries, among others. CHARMS is a one-stop centre that provides all treatment modalities for hand and wrist injuries and conditions.
The centre was founded in 2004 by Dr. Lim Beng Hai, a hand specialist with over 17 years of clinical experience. It is the first hand centre in private practice in Singapore and was established seven years after hand surgery was first recognized as a specialty by the Academy of Medicine Singapore. CHARMS is dedicated to the practice of hand and reconstructive microsurgery with a special interest in the treatment of sports-related wrist injuries, wrist arthritis, and distal radius.
<p>Dr. Lim Beng Hai is a US fellowship-trained senior consultant hand surgeon with over 30 years of practice experience. His areas of interests lie in wrist and joint instability as well as flexor tendon repairs. </p> <p>He completed his MBBS (1985) and Master of Medicine in Surgery (1991) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1991) and Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997). </p> <p>He also completed his fellowship in hand and reconstructive microsurgery at Christine Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery before he was awarded senior fellowship in hand surgery by the University of Louisville Hospitals (1995-1996). </p> <p>Upon his return to Singapore, he joined Singapore General Hospital as a consultant hand surgeon and the National University Hospital as head of hand and reconstructive microsurgery department. </p> <p>While working at NUH, he set up the hospital’s microsurgical training laboratory, initiated the joint training programme in microsurgery with Aesculap Academy (2003), and set up the STAR (Skills, Training, and Research) laboratory in 2003. </p> <p>Dr. Lim has written extensively about his innovative surgical techniques, some of which were cited in reputable hand surgery journals, including Atlas of Hand Clinics, Green’s Operative Hand Surgery, and Grabbs Encyclopedia for Flap Surgery. </p> <p>Dr. Lim is now in private practice. His clinic, the Centre for Hand and Reconstructive MicroSurgery (CHARMS) is conveniently located at three major hospitals in Singapore, namely Paragon Medical Suites, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, and Gleneagles Medical Centre.</p>
<p>Dr. Aaron Gan is a hand and microsurgeon currently practicing at the Centre for Hand and Reconstructive MicroSurgery (CHARMS) at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore. He specialises in microsurgical resurfacing for upper and lower limb trauma, distal digital replantation, perforator flap surgery, minimally invasive hand surgery, super microsurgical hepatic artery anastomosis in liver transplantation, and wrist arthroscopy.</p> <p>He graduated from the National University of Singapore with his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) in 2005. Following the completion of his basic and advanced surgical training in hand surgery, he was awarded the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery Travelling Fellowship for his training at Hanyang University College in South Korea. He also underwent a clinical observership at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he was trained in paediatric hand conditions and brachial plexus birth palsy.</p> <p>Following the completion of his fellowship training in Korea and the United States, Dr. Gan returned to Singapore and was appointed a consultant for the National University Hospital’s hand and reconstructive microsurgery department. </p> <p>Besides his clinical practice, Dr. Gan is also an avid researcher. He has published in major local and international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Hand Surgery, Injury, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery on topics that include the reconstruction of large bone defects in the upper limb injury, mechanical failure of distal radius volar locking plate, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He has also written a book chapter on the fundamental principles of microsurgery and replantation.</p>