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About Leslie Ng

Education and training

Dr. Leslie Ng is United Kingdom, European Community (EU) trained Spine Specialist. He graduated from University of London and he is passionate about spine surgery at very early stage of his junior doctor training. Under the mentorship of Mr. Philip J. Sell (President of EuroSpine 2014) at University Hospital of Leicester, Dr. Ng has published over twenty research papers in prestigious Spine, Bone & Joint and European Spine Journal with numerous international podium presentations as junior spine research fellow. He was the first Asian trainee to be accepted in the pioneer two years United Kingdom Spine Surgery fellowship training programme. He previously practiced at the world re-owned Centre for Spine Studies and Surgery at Queens Medical Centre, University Teaching Hospital of Nottingham under the mentorships of Mr. John Webb and Mr. Michael Grevitt. He focused on developing advance spine surgical technique for complex spine deformity and pathologies.

 

Dr. Ng practices comprehensive spine surgery while at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore. He is incredibly passionate in the treatment of degenerative spine disease and pioneering the use of third generation minimally invasive treatment of osteoporosis vertebra fracture with miniature titanium implant. He is also the United State certified user of lateral access spine surgery and conceptualized the technique of ‘indirect decompression’ of spinal canal. This is the first time lumbar inter-body fusion can be performed with decompression of the spinal canal with total preservation of facets joint, unlike the standard technique of transforaminal inter-body fusion technique, which require removal of facets joint.

Dr. Ng also stands at the forefront of spine surgery and well-versed in the use of advance technology to make the surgery safe and cost effective. This includes the use of ultrasonic bone scalpel rather than traditional bone cutter that may endanger the nerve and utilizing real time nerve root monitoring devices during spine surgery to prevent nerve injury. Advanced Mazor robotic and O-arm computer navigated surgery are deployed for complex spine cases.

He also accumulated considerable experiences in evidence based interventional pain procedures for chronic neck and back pain management including the latest generation of nucleoplasty ‘Disc –Fx’ system for degenerative intervertebral disc disorder.

Dr. Ng has been very active in under-graduate and post-graduate teaching and holds the position as Adjunct Assistance Professor at National University Hospital. He is also the spine fellowship programme director and regularly mentor advance trainee from South East Asia.

Presentations

1) Society for Lateral Access Surgery Research meeting, Miami, United States
Date: 29th April 2014
Title: Learning curve for lateral access surgery and early outcome in Asian populations

2) 36th Annual Scientific Meeting Singapore Orthopaedic Association, Singapore
Date: 8th -12th October 2013
Title: Is interspinous fusion feasible? Early outcome study

3) British Orthopaedics Association Annual Congress, Birmingham, United kingdom
Date: 25th to 28th September 2007
Title: Corticosteroids in Peri-radicular Infiltration for Radicular Pain- a Randomised Double Blind Controlled Trial. One year results and subgroup analysis

4) Back Pain Research Summer Meeting, Hilsinki, Finland
Date: 27th-29th June 2007
Title: Corticosteroids in Peri-radicular Infiltration for Radicular Pain- a Randomised Double Blind Controlled Trial. One year results and subgroup analysis(oral presentation)

5) The Eurospine Meeting, Barcelona, Spain
Date: 21st-24th September 2005
Title: The effect of duration of symptoms on standard outcome measures in the surgical treatment of spinal stenosis (oral presentation)

6) Britspine 2004, East Midland Conference Centre, Nottingham
Date: 28th-30th April 2004
Title: Predictive value of the duration of symptoms for lumbar decompression surgery secondary to degenerative spinal stenosis: A prospective cohort study with 2 years follow-up
(oral presentation)

7) Britspine 2004, East Midland Conference Centre, Nottingham
Date: 28th –30th April 2004
Title: the efficacy of corticosteroids in peri-radicular infiltration for radicular pain, a randomized control trial (oral presentation)

8) Society For Back Pain Research, Institute Of Mechanical Engineers, London
Date: 6th –7th November 2003
Title: The efficacy of corticosteroids in peri-radicular infiltration for radicular pain – A randomised control trial (oral presentation)

9) The Eurospine Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 1st-3rd October 2003
Title: The effect of the duration of radiculopathy on the outcome of discectomy surgery
∗with emphasis on the predictive value of the psychological factors for the outcome of the surgery (oral presentation)
10) British Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Birmingham
Date: 16th-19th September 2003
Title: The predictive value of the duration of radiculopathy for lumbar disc surgery- A prospective cohort study
∗with emphasis on the relationship between the post-operative improvement in the back disability and the radicular pain (oral presentation)

11 The Naughton Dunn Club, Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital, Coventry
Date: 26th April 2003
Title: The prospective outcome study of peri-radicular infiltration for radicular pain in patients with spinal stenosis and lumbar disc herniation (oral presentation)

12. The British Association Of Spinal Surgeons Annual Meeting, Royal Society Of Medicine, London
Date: 4th– 6th January 2003
Title: The Predictive value of the duration of sciatic symptoms for the outcome of lumbar disc surgery (oral presentation)

13 .The Eurospine Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 1st-3rd October 2003
Title: The prospective outcome study of peri-radicular infiltration for pain in herniation lumbar disc and unilateral spinal stenosis (poster presentation)

14. The British Society For Surgery Of The Hand Autumn Meeting, Edinburgh
Date: 31st October – 2nd November 2002
Title: Treatment of unstable complex intra-articular distal radial fracture with low profile pi- plate (poster presentation)

15. The 6th Congress of Europeon Federation Of National Association Of Orthopaedic And Traumatology, Helsinki, Finland
Date: June 2003
Title: Treatment of unstable complex intra-articular distal radial fracture with low profile Pi-plate (poster presentation)

Professional Affliations:
British Orthopaedic Association
British Association of Spine Surgeons
Singapore Orthopaedic Association
Society for Lateral Access Surgery
AO Spine International (Silver member)
World Spine Column Society

Publications

1. Central Stentoplasty: Technique for unipedicular single midline vertebral body stent implantation
Pua Uwi, Lawrence Quek, L Ng
Cardiovascular and interventional radiology (in print)

2. Corticosteroids in peri-radicular infiltration for radicular pain: a randomised double blind controlled trial. One year results and subgroup analysis
S Stafazal, L Ng, P Sell
European Spine Journal (2009) Vol 18(8), Issue 8: pp: 1220

3. Randomised placebo-controlled trial on the effectiveness of nasal salmon calcitonin in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis
S Stafazal, L Ng, P Sell
European Spine Journal (2007) Vol 16(2): pp:207-12

4. The effect of duration of symptoms on standard outcome measures in the surgical treatment of spinal stenosis
L Ng, S Tafazal, P Sell
European Spine Journal (2006) )Vol 16(2): pp: 199-206. (Epub 2006 Feb 22)

5. Complications and functional outcome following fixation of complex, intra-articular fractures of the distal radius with the AO pi-plate
V Khanduja, L Ng, Z Dannawi, L Heras
Acta Orthop. Belg (2005) 71(6)

6. Does peri-radicular infiltration of steroids have an effect on subsequent interventions- A double blinded randomized controlled trial
S Stafazal, L Ng, N Chaudhary, P Sell
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2005) Vol 87-B Suppl II: 211
7. Cauda equine syndrome: An audit, can we do better?
L Ng, Tafazal S, Longhworth S, Sell P
Journal of Orthopaedics Medicine (2004) Vol 26(3) pp: 98-101

8. The efficacy of corticosteroids in peri-radicular infiltration for chronic radicular pain – A double blind randomized control trial
L Ng, N Chaundary, P Sell
Spine Journal (2005) Vol 30(8): pp 857-62

9. The predictive value of duration of radiculopathy for the outcome of lumbar discectomy – A prospective cohort study with one-year follow up
L Ng, P Sell
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2004) Vol 86-B: pp 546-9

10. Outcome of a prospective cohort study on peri-radicular infiltration for radicular pain in patients with spinal stenosis and lumbar disc herniation
L Ng, P Sell
European Spine Journal (2004) Vol 13(4):325-9

11. Gorham’s Disease of the cervical spine: case report
L Ng, P Sell
Spine Journal (2003) Vol 28 (18): E355

12 A prospective study of peri-radicular injection for pain in herniated lumbar disc and uni-lateral spinal stenosis
L Ng, P Sell
European Spine Journal (2003) Vol 12 (Sppl. 1): S54

13 The effect of the duration of radiculopathy on the outcome of discectomy surgery
L Ng, P Sell
European Spine Journal (2003) Vol 12 (Suppl.1): S16

14 Incidental durotomy in lumbar spinal surgery, incidence and management
P Sell, L Ng
European Spine Journal (2003) Vol 12 (Suppl 1): S11

15 The double osteotomy of radius and ulnar for correction of Madelung’s deformity
V Khanduja, Z Dannawi, L Ng, L Heras
Journal of Hand Surgery (2003) Vol 28 (Suppl)1: S34
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery(2005) Vol 87-B Suppl III:315
16 Giant cell tumour of the tendon sheath arising from the patellar tendon: case report and literature review
V Khanduja, Z Dannawi, L Ng, El-Zebdeh M
The Journal of Knee Surgery (2004) Vol 17(1): 28-9

17 The predictive value of the duration of radiculopathy for lumbar disc surgery-a prospective cohort study
L Ng, P Sell (Abstract accepted for publication)
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (2008) Vol 90-B Suppl I:15

18 The efficacy of corticosteroid in peri-radicular infiltration for radicular pain-A double blind randomised control trial
L Ng, N Chaundary, P Sell
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2005)Vol 87-B Suppl III:243

19 Predictive value of the duration of symptoms for lumbar decompression surgery secondary to degenerative spinal stenosis: A prospective cohort study with two years follow up
L Ng, S Tafazal, P Sell
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2005) Vol 87-B Suppl III:244

20 Corticosteroids in peri-radicular infiltration for radicular pain – A randomised double-blind controlled trial. One year results and subgroup analysis
P Sell, S Tafazal , L Ng, N Chaudhary
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2009) Vol 97-B Suppl II: 279-80

21 Randomised double blinded placebo-controlled trial on the effectiveness of nasal calcitonin in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis
S Tafazal, L Ng, P Sell
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2008) Vol 90-B Suppl III: 452