Dr Eric Gan

Consultant Surgeon at Dr Eric Gan

About Dr Eric Gan

The founder and current director of the obesity and metabolic surgery clinic Bridge Bariatrics in Singapore, Dr. Eric Gan Keng Seng began his career in the medicine after an extensive course of tertiary education. A graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS), he earned his bachelor of medicine and master of surgery from the institution in 1991 and 1997, respectively. Earning admittance to the International College of Surgeons, Dr. Eric Gan Keng Seng pursued a number of prestigious fellowships with universities around the world. While with the National Cancer Center in Tsukiji, Japan, he refined his surgical skills, studying upper gastrointestinal cancer and related surgical procedures. With the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Dr. Eric Gan engaged in a research fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery.

Working in a number of capacities within the medical industry, Dr. Eric Gan has held such positions as clinical lecturer with NUS’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, consultant surgeon with the Khoo Teck Puat and Alexandra Hospitals in Singapore, and chief surgeon in private practice with Eric Gan Surgery. Dr Eric Gan has a subspecialty interest in oesophageal and gastric surgery and is well versed in radical surgery and extended lymphadenectomies for upper GI cancers. Today, he continues to perform a wide range of surgical operations at his private clinic at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Center, and through the surgical weight loss clinic Bridge Bariatrics. 

Oesophagectomies as Treatment for Oesophagus Cancer

Dr. Eric Gan Keng Seng has been studying and practicing medicine for more than 25 years. A graduate of the National University of Singapore, and a former fellow of numerous institutions including the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Dr. Eric Gan specializes in digestive tract and abdominal conditions and procedures, including surgery for treating oesophageal cancer.

Oesophageal (or esophageal) cancers are those that originate in the oesophagus. Oesophageal cancer has been linked to smoking and alcohol use, and obesity. Treatment for this condition includes endoscopic procedures such as photodynamic therapy and mucosal resection, chemotherapy and radiation, and surgery.

An oesophagectomy is one surgery sometimes undertaken in patients with resectable oesophageal cancer. This procedure involves removal of part or most of the oesophagus, and sometimes a section of the stomach. Once these portions have been resected, surgeons reconstruct the digestive tract by using either the stomach, small intestine or colon to form the new oesophagus.

Additional therapy in the form of radiotherapy or chemotherapy is often necessary in order to improve the results of treatment.

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