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 a stage 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 (age), 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
year 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
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 orthopaedic department is at the forefront of providing the
new and most innovative therapies alongside other internationally acclaimed healthcare

institutions. Our Apollo Orthopaedics Institute is one of India’s top units offering the
finest orthopaedic treatment with the legacy of success, innovation and excellence. The
patient is at the center of all our efforts across the Apollo Hospitals network, as we work
to deliver the best of world-class care at an affordable cost.”
Speaking about the revolutionary procedure, Dr.Sajan Hegde, Consultant Spine Surgeon, Head
of Department of Orthopedics, Apollo Hospitals 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 back 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.

By V.BALAMURUGAN 9381811222 மக்கள் வெளிச்சம்

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