We are proud of the press coverage Dr Han's expertise in Sleep Apnea and work at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has received.
Dr Han Hong Juan, Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, spoke about surgery induced hoarseness. Thyroid surgery, in particular, may result in paralysis of vocal cords. Newer treatment options include vocal cord injection therapy which can be done in a clinic in 20 minutes.
According to information found on the Internet, sleeping on your left side aids digestion and lowers risk of heartburn, while sleeping on your right side may lead to acid reflux and indigestion. Dr Han Hong Juan, Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, cited studies that do suggest that high-risk adults (middle aged, overweight or those diagnosed with sleep apnea) are more susceptible to acid reflux if they sleep on their right side.
Dr Han Hong Juan, Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology and Ms Laura Chua, Senior Speech Therapist, gave tips on how to protect your vocal cords. They also shared the risk factors, symptoms and treatment options for the condition.
Several studies have shown that gastric reflux is increased in people who sleeping on their right side as compared to those who sleep on their left side. Dr Han Hong Juan, Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, explained that the middle-aged, overweight individuals and individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more prone to reflux. He also gave tips on ways to sleep well.
With longer life expectancy, more elderly Singaporeans may discover a change in the quality of their voices. Dr Han Hong Juan, Director, Voice Clinic and Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, explained how voice aging can happen, and the different patient profiles likely to seek treatment. Ms Laura Chua, Speech Therapist, also shared how speech therapy is carried out and gave a few examples of vocal exercises that one can do to protect the voice.