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About Dr Ananda

Dr Ananda Vella

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Anandakumar Vellasamy is a Swiss-double-fellowship-trained, MOH board-accredited orthopaedic specialist surgeon with OrthoCare – Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. With over 20 years of experience and as a former consultant from the Singapore General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital, Dr Ananda is able to treat a wide variety of general orthopaedic bone and joint conditions all across the body affecting the young and elderly, including in particular lower limb conditions of the hip, knee and foot and ankle, as well as all types of sports injuries and fractures too. As a leading foot and ankle surgeon too, he remains at the forefront of medical advances, having performed the 1st lateral total ankle replacement surgery in South-East Asia for ankle arthritis.
More particularly, Dr Ananda’s repertoire of expertise includes minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques for foot and ankle sprains and deformities such as flat feet, heel pain or bunion (hallux valgus) corrections, various ligament and meniscus injuries of the knee, all types of hip and knee replacements, various upper limb conditions of the neck, shoulder, back and hand, as well as to treat all fractures. He is also well versed in the use of arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery to address sports ligament injuries and adept in the all-inside (knotless) technique for the Bostrom Gould Reconstruction for ankle instability. Dr Ananda is also ROSA-certified to perform Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty for patients with painful knee arthritis. Dr Ananda has further developed and uses his own in-house AI technology, sports medicine testing and hosts a gait analysis lab to better diagnose and assist patients towards the right treatment choices and outcomes.
By way of background, Dr Ananda graduated with a MBBS from the National University of Singapore in 2003. He was awarded the Best Houseman Award during his medical posting as a Houseman. He subsequently pursued his postgraduate training in Orthopaedic Surgery in Singapore and obtained his fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He was awarded the N. Balachandran Memorial Lectureship award in the final year of his Orthopaedic Residency in 2014. He was subsequently also awarded the prestigious AO trauma fellowship award in 2015.
He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award in 2016 for “The Way Forward in Delivering World Class Care in Foot and Ankle Surgery” which enabled him to pursue his fellowship training in Switzerland under world-renowned foot and ankle surgeons Professor Beat Hintermann, Professor Fabian Krause and trauma surgeon Professor Karl Stoffel in Kantonspital Baselland and Inselspital Bern University Hospital. Dr Ananda also further honed his skills by training with Dr Alexandro Pellegrino at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Etzelclinic in Zurich.
Dr Anandakumar Vellasamy
As a recognised surgeon, Dr Ananda is one of the few surgeons accepted as a member of the AO Foundation, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS), American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), the Singapore Orthopaedic Association (SOA) and the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society of Singapore (OFASS). Dr. Ananda has also presented and instructed at numerous orthopaedic surgery meetings both local and international, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) and at the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Meetings.
He has also spearheaded meaningful research collaborations with A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) and was awarded the SingHealth Academic Medicine Research Grant for the project “Development of Injectable Bioactive Hydrogels to Promote Joint Regeneration in Osteoarthritis Through Alleviation of Inflammation and Oxidative Stress” in April 2019 for which he was the Primary Investigator. Dr Ananda continues to lead biomechanical projects studying effects of calcaneal length on subtalar pressures in normal gait and is continuing to develop this field to better help patients with foot and ankle pain.
Dr Ananda also continues to enjoy sharing his knowledge by teaching medical students at the Nus Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Duke-Nus Medical School, as well as orthopaedic surgery residents and family medicine trainees. He was part of the Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery Committee that is involved in orchestrating training of junior orthopaedic surgery residents. Dr Ananda also regularly gives talks in the region, to assist the development of other medical practitioners.
Dr Ananda enjoys spending time with his family, and remains an avid athlete himself – engaging in a variety of sports over the years from cycling, running, badminton, football, basketball, swimming to amateur golf, rock climbing, yoga and tennis as well. As a competitive cyclist in particular, Dr Ananda believes that being an athlete himself allows him to understand the rigors of competition and the special considerations that athletes require in rehabilitation and the road to recovery and competition post-injury. Through his practice too, Dr Ananda continues to serve in various capacities for sporting associations and continues to help step up for elderly and needy patients in society where he can.
He also remains committed to having a trusted and meaningful practice where he does his best to care for every patient well in a collaborative and trusted relationship, alongside a team of dedicated, nurturing and experienced staff, and has a dedicated following of patients over the years for all the learnings that he continues to share with them.

Fellowship and Accreditation

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, National University of Singapore
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK
  • Master of Medicine (Orthopaedics), National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthopaedics), UK
  • HMDP Award for Fellowship Training in Basel and Bern Inselspital, Switzerland
  • Diploma In Sports Medicine, NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore

Awards and Commendations

  • 10 years Long Service Award Singhealth 2015
  • Professor N Balachandran Lectureship Award 2013
  • Best Houseman Award in Changi Hospital in 2004
  • SINDA Academic Excellence Award A levels 1998
  • SINDA Academic Excellence Award O levels 1996

Research Publications and Presentations

  • Donor Outcomes in Living Related Liver Transplantations 2002
  • A comparison of retractable and non-retractable Syringes in venesuction procedures 2006
  • The bleeding pelvic fracture: Predictors for angiographic evaluation. A single centre retrospective study 2013
  • Falls in Domestic workers in Singapore. An epidemiological study 2013
  • A Comparison of long vs short PFNA for intertrochanteric fractures 2020
  • Short term outcomes of conventional and modified anchor to post deltoid ligament repair techniques in trauma related medial ankle instability 2020
  • Percutaneous Reduction of an Incarcerated plantar ligament for dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the second toe: A novel technique 2020
  • Innovative Percutaneous technique of tendon harvesting in tendon transfer for Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction 2020
  • Bimalleolar Ankle injury treated with Fibulock nail in the prone position and Anatomic Deltoid ligament repair with anchor-to-post suture reinforcement 2020
  • The Hallux Mallet injury 2020
  • Analysis of the post-operative structural angles in Haglunds Syndrome and their correlation with functional outcomes 2021
  • The Effect of the Mobile Subtalar Joint on calcaneal and supramalleolar osteotomies 2021
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