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About Dr. Daniel Y. Wu

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Dr. Daniel Y. Wu was born in Taiwan, trained in trauma and sports injury, certified in orthopaedic surgery in Canada and the United States and has been practicing in Hong Kong for more than 30 years.

During his surgical residency in 1980 at McMaster University, Dr. Wu encountered an Italian bunion surgery called “Osteodesis” performed by Professor Michael Harrison. Realizing bunions are a ligament issue, the procedure made total surgical sense to Dr. Wu. This chance encounter made such a strong impression, that for the next 35 years, and without exception, anytime Dr. Wu had a surgical bunion case, he would consciously deviate from the pervasive tradition of cutting bones and fusing joints to satisfy his belief and observation.

Dr. Wu moved to Hong Kong in 1987 and continued his main interest in treating sports injuries. Although it was not his primary focus, Dr. Wu made attempts to introduce the Osteodesis concept to other orthopaedic surgeons by giving presentations in Canada, Hong Kong, the United States, China and Korea. Seeing that the term Osteodesis was confusing to others, he eventually renamed the technique to the Syndesmosis Procedure (also Syndesmosis Bunion Surgery) to truly reflect the very essence of its concept.

In the mid-2000’s Dr. Wu identified his part-time effort with the Syndesmosis Procedure was not impacting other surgeons enough. He felt compelled to do more to carry on the vision of his predecessors. He began publishing his evidence in medical journals while gradually giving up his sports injury practice.

In 2004, Dr. Wu established a center dedicated to the treatment, research and education of the bunion condition and also Syndesmosis Bunion Surgery. For more than 10 years he painstakingly followed-up and documented virtually every surgical bunion foot, for up to 5 years with photos, standardized digital x-rays, and unprecedentedly, foot function scanning studies. From this data, Dr. Wu has proven indisputable truths about the bunion condition and published several studies in orthopaedic journals. Today he devotes himself totally to the further advancement of Syndesmosis Bunion Surgery.

Dr. Wu is most now passionate about sharing his life’s work to anyone who wants to learn. His patients enthusiastically praise his relentless efforts to educate and his genuine care for each person who walks through his door. Doctors who have learned from Dr. Wu praise his meticulous surgical skill and his attentive post-operative care. One surgeon said, “I found in Dr. Wu a true gentleman, who has no agenda, other than to help make the Syndesmosis Procedure available globally.”

Major Presentations

Ontario Orthopaedic Association, Toronto Canada, 1984
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Congresses, 1990, 2012
Annual Congress of Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, 1993, 2007, 2011
General and Foot & Ankle, Conferences Beijing, 2003, 2011
Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, Seoul, Korea, 2007


College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba, Canada, 1977
Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (Orthopaedic Surgery), 1983
Fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1985
Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997

Milestones of the Syndesmosis Concept

1961 The Osteodesis Procedure first described by G. Botteri, Italy
1971 Osteodesis Study by P. Pagella, Italy
1982 Dr. Wu’s first exposure to Osteodesis, Canada
1999 Osteodesis Report by L.R. Irwin, U.K.
2004 Center for Special Bunion Surgery launches at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
2004 Dr. Wu renames the Osteodesis Procedure to the Syndesmosis Procedure (also known as Syndesmosis Bunion Surgery)
2008 Dr. Wu establishes his first dedicated bunion clinic, Center for Non-Bone-Breaking Bunion Surgery
2007-2018 Dr. Wu publishes 10 studies on the Syndesmosis Procedure
2019 Dr. Wu renames his bunion practice to the Center for Syndesmosis Bunion Surgery to coincide with the launch of a new educational website