India’s First Minimally Invasive Double Curve Correction Surgery
performed at Apollo Hospitals

Chennai: Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s largest and most trusted multi-specialty chain of hospitals, has
performed yet another India’s first surgery that transformed an Australian Child’s life. Dr. Sajan
K Hegde and team successfully completed a Minimally Invasive Double Curve Correction using
the revolutionary Non-Fusion Anterior Scoliosis Correction Technique. The 13-year-old girl was
affected by Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, an abnormal sideward curvature of the spine.
Ms. Xavia, 13 year old child from Brisbane, Australia was performing dance on astage when her
mother recognized the changes in her postures. Mr Wayne Robert Ellison and Mrs. Tiziana Teresa
simonelli were worried and started looking for a surgeon to correct their 13 year old daughter’s
spinal deformity xavia, who was fine like any other child, started showing signs of deformity in
her spine when she turned 11, she experienced pain and there was an increase in the deformity.
She was unable to carry on her day-to-day activities, medical intervention revealed that she was
affected by Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS), After contacting several surgeons in other
countries they reached Apollo Hospitals Chennai.
This abnormal “S” Shaped double curvature of the spine is usually seen in young girls aged 8-12
vear it affects two to three per cent of children between the ages of 10 and 18, a time when the
human body is growing at its most rapid pace. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a fairly common
condition where there is an abnormal curvature of the spine, which can cause unsightly deformity
of the chest, back and in some cases, patient might even have truncal shift. In severe form, this
deformity can also lead to severe back pain and can affect the normal functioning of heart and lungs.
Patients with mild form of deformity are usually advised braces to correct the deformity and
observed till maturity. When the deformity is severe, traditionally, since last 60 years surgical
correction with implants and fusion of the instrumented segments is done. With this type of
scoliosis correction, the mobility of the spine at the implanted level is completely lost and will be
stiff.
Speaking at the press conference Ms. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group,
Said, “At Apollo, we ensure that our patient receives the best treatment at all times, our
orthopedic department is at the forefront of providing the new and most innovative therapies
alongside other internationally acclaimed healthcare institutions. Our Apollo Orthopedics
Institute is one of India’s top units offering the finest orthopedic treatment with the legacy of
success, innovation and excellence. The patient is at the forefront of all our efforts across the

Apollo Hospitals network, as we are working to deliver the best of world-class care at an
affordable cost.”)
Speaking about the revolutionary procedure, Dr. Sajan K Hegde, said, “Traditionally fusion
surgical treatment is performed to address this issue, where metal implants are attached to the
spine, and then connected to two rods. These Implants hold the spine in a corrected position
until the instrumented segments fuse as a single bone. Today we have a revolutionary concept
in treating these children. With this technique, the spine deformity is corrected but not fused,
this allows the children to return to full normal activities including sports gymnastics and dancing.
This was not possible with the traditional methods of treatment.”
This procedure is at present being performed in few spine centers across the world Apollo
institute of spine surgery is the only center in India. The patient is under physiotherapy, her
posture has improved her ribcage, trunk and shoulders are aligned and getting better. She is
back to normal day-to-day activity.
ABOUT APOLLO HOSPITALS:
it was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap CReddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate
hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Now, as Asia’s foremost trusted integrated healthcare group. its
presence includes over 12.000 beds across 72 Hospitals, 3400 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care clinics and
1sopiaanostic centers. 110 plus Telemedicine Centres over 15medical education centres and Research
Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research,
Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical advancements with the most recent investment
being the commissioning of South East Asia’s very first Proton Therapy Centre in Chennai
Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of
international standards within the reach of every individual. In a rare honour, the Government of India had
issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare
organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap CReddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma
Vibhushan in 2010. For 35 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained
leadershipin medical innovation, world-class dinical services and cutting edge technology. Its hospitals are
consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in the country for advanced medical services.

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