Dr. Aravind Kumar is an orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He has special interests in spinal conditions such as slipped discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, fractures etc. which can lead to back pain, leg or arm pain and deformity, and has treated them extensively throughout his career.
He also has experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as MIS-TLIF, MIS-XLIF, MIS-ALIF and MIS fracture stabilization. These minimally invasive techniques are known to enable quicker patient recovery and return to function. He also employs endoscopic surgery for certain indications. He also has experience in the use of computer navigation aided surgery that helps to improve the accuracy of spinal surgery.
Prior to private practice, Dr. Aravind was a Consultant Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon in Singapore, having worked in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Ng Teng Fong Hospital. He perfected his skills during these years for the betterment of his patients and received numerous awards in recognition of his work.
Dr. Aravind graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India. He was awarded Gold medal for Orthopaedic Surgery during his time as an undergraduate. Dr. Aravind then took up his basic surgical training in the U.K. and later became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He then took up his orthopedic resident training program in Cardiff, Wales. He completed the training with a Certificate of Completion of Training and became a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (TR & Orth).
To further his training in spinal surgery, Dr. Aravind went to Perth, Western Australia for a fellowship in scoliosis surgery and spinal trauma surgery at the Royal Perth Hospital. Upon completion, he returned to the U.K. for another fellowship in degenerative spinal surgery and spinal deformity at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, U.K. These experiences further strengthened the 18-month training he received at the spine unit in Cardiff, Wales.
Apart from clinical work, Dr. Aravind is also an educator. He teaches at the National University of Singapore’s NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine where he has been conferred several awards. He is also a popular trainer for orthopedic residents from the National Healthcare Group and National University Hospital System training programs. He is also a member of the Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery Committee, one that is active in the assessment of junior orthopedic residents.
Dr. Aravind is a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, AO spine, Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Singapore Spine Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences in Singapore.
He maintains an active academic profile and has been part of several publications in the field of Spinal Surgery. He has presented professional papers in numerous international for and is also part of the faculty in several instructional hands-on training courses for juniors as well as experienced surgeons.
Dr. Aravind believes in serving the local community beyond the confines of a healthcare setting. He has been actively involved in educating the public on spinal and orthopedic health through public health seminars, radio talk shows etc. He believes in helping people manage their orthopedic and spinal health issues with a holistic approach that includes lifestyle change, mild medication, physical therapy and surgery.
Dr. Aravind's specialty interests are back and neck pain, joint replacement and trauma, scoliosis, slipped disc, spinal oncology and spinal stenosis.