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Neuro Asia Care is a specialist neurosurgery clinic based at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre Singapore , with a special focus in awake and minimally invasive brain tumour surgery and functional neurosurgery , including deep brain stimulation and microvascular decompression .
The clinic ’ s team is passionate about providing personalised care matched to patients ’ needs and priorities and believes in delivering quality care and excellent outcomes . It also works across disciplines with other domain experts to provide seamless and holistic care .
The medical director and founder of Neuro Asia Care , Dr Nicolas Kon , is a consultant neurosurgeon and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine , National University of Singapore .
He graduated in the UK and trained in some of the best neurosurgery centres in the UK and North America . He also has a PhD from Imperial College London and is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medicine .
He has been actively involved in research to further the field of neurosurgery and is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters , while also holding several patents . He has been the principal investigator in many clinical trials and the recipient of national and international research grants . He also serves on the ethics board of the Centralised Institutional Review Board .
Dr Nicolas Kon
Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease and essential tremor Dr Kon performs deep brain stimulation surgery , which is a gold standard treatment for patients with Parkinson disease and essential tremor patients who are not responding satisfactorily to medication . He completed his fellowship training in functional neurosurgery with one of the world ’ s foremost neurosurgeons . He has performed deep brain stimulation for many patients with Parkinson disease and essential tremor . He was the co-founder of the National Neuroscience Institute ’ s Centre for Deep Brain Stimulation .
Microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm Dr Kon also specialises in the treatment of patients with trigeminal neuralgia ( facial pain ) and hemifacial spasm ( facial twitch ) through a surgical procedure called microvascular decompression which can be curative . In addition , he also provides non-invasive treatments such as gamma knife radiosurgery .
Special approaches for brain tumour
Minimally invasive surgery He is also a specialist in the use of minimally invasive surgery of the brain and is the first neurosurgeon in Asia to introduce the use of minimally invasive neurosurgery using the Brainpath MIPS surgical technology . He has trained many surgeons in Asia and Europe in the use of these advanced techniques .
Awake surgery For some complex brain tumours that are hard to reach or near important brain centres controlling speech or movement , complete safe removal of these tumours may be difficult or impossible without specialised techniques . Dr Kon leads a dedicated and passionate multilingual team that uses awake surgery to make these complex surgeries possible , providing new treatment options .
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