Why Dr. Lim Became An Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Lim Lian Arn decided to do orthopaedics when he was in the 3rd year of medical school. “In the first half of
a crucial rugby game for my club I was hit hard in a tackle and felt my left forearm buckle. It actually didn’t
hurt very much but the arm felt wobbly and made strange rattling noises. I went to the side-lines and showed it
to the team doctor. He took a look, did a cursory palpation, then diagnosing a ‘sprain’ told me I was good to
continue, which I did.
The arm bothered me throughout the rest of the game, but not enough to stop me from scoring in the second half
with my remaining good arm. When the final whistle blew we had won the game, the excitement abated and then, the
pain truly began. I drove to Alexandra Hospital, the X-ray showed a multiple fragment fracture of my left
forearm and I began my journey with Orthopaedic surgery.”
That’s just one of many episodes Dr. Lim has experienced in the course of his injury strewn sports life.
Stumbling through track and field, soccer, rugby, hockey, wake boarding, snowboarding, mountain trekking,
mountain biking, road cycling and lately, marathon running, this Orthopaedic surgeon probably knows your pain
like no other when you see him. He learned the hard way the need for helmets when mountain biking and
snowboarding; he’s had concussions, torn ligaments and broken bones playing rugby.
In his most recent pursuit of marathon running knee pains made him adopt a different mid-foot running style with
different running shoes. This took care of the knee pains but he began to have heel and foot pains. Two years,
many kilometres and many shoes later he thinks he’s finally found the right balance.
Being an orthopaedic surgeon has helped him deal with these injuries of his own, and helps him identify with his
patients’ desire to get over their orthopaedic problem and back to their activities. His sub speciality of knee
reconstruction and his experience with key-hole shoulder surgery targets the most frequently occurring sports
injuries we see today.