Dr. Navaladi Shankar is a spine surgeon and orthopedist with 21+ years of experience.
He completed MBBS from Al-Ameen Medical College, MNAMS from National Board of Education and Diploma from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.
He is a member of Indian Orthopedic Association, Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association, Indian Trauma Society, Asia Pacific Orthopedic Association, Indian Hip, Knee Arthroplasty Society and Indian Arthroplasty Society.
He is an international trauma tutor.
Dr. Shankar holds expertise in Laminectomy, Lower Back Pain and Neck Pain Treatment, Arthritis Management and Trauma Surgery.
Dr. S. Karunakaran is a well-known Consultant and Spine Orthopedic Surgeon with an experience of 23 years.
Dr. S. Karunakaran is prolific in the treatment of spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
His treatment involves the appropriate use of minimally invasive and motion-sparing techniques.
He is the first one to carry out percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy under local anesthesia for disc prolapse in this part of the country (Transforaminal and interlaminar without stiches).
He is the first surgeon to use INSPACE - interspinous implant for lumbar canal stenosis (key hole spine surgery local anesthesia).
He also initiated the 3D printed spinal implant and performed more than thousand spine surgeries including scoliosis, cervical spine pathologies, thoracotomies, laparotomy, disc replacement surgeries.
He has received the prestigious Mohandas Weller Gold Medal and Fellowship Award, Indo German Orthopedic Foundation, India in 2017, Best Publication award in Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association Journal (2010) for Morphometric evaluation of the Cervical Spine Pedicle in our Population, Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association Traveling Spine Fellowship award in 2006 and ASSI (Association of spine surgeons of India) Traveling Spine Fellowship award in 2005.
He is the member of Indian Medical Association (IMA); Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association; Orthopedic Association of South Indian States (OASIS); Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI); and Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery.
He passed MBBS from Rajah Muthiah Dental College Hospital, Annamalai University in 1994 MS in Orthopedics from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai in 2000; and DNB in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery from Medical Council of India in 2001. Dr. Karunakaran has attended training on Interlaminar Percutaneous Endoscopic Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery with Dr. Sebastian Ruetten, at St. Anna Hospital, Herne, Germany in 2012. He also attended advanced training for Endoscopic Spine Surgery under Dr.Antony Yeung, Phoenix, USA in 2012.
Dr. Barani Rathinavelu is a spine surgeonwith 10+ years of experience.
He is a recipient of Dr. Vijayakumar Award for best post graduate student and MOH Kuthoos Maraikar Gold Medal.
He is a member of Royal College of Surgeons, Association of Spine Surgeons of India, North American Spine Society, Association of Spinal Cord Network, Indian Orthopedic Association, Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association and National Academy of Medical Sciences.
He has completed MBBS in 2003, MS in 2008 and DNB in 2009.
Dr. Parthasarathy Srinivasan is a well- known Spine Surgeon with experience of more than 10 years.
He is skilled in carrying out Computer Navigated Spine surgery, Minimally Invasive and Key- hole Spine Surgery for Disc Prolapse, Surgery for Complex Deformity Correction.
In his career spanning over 10 years he has performed 1000 Spine Surgeries.
He was one of the eight candidates, selected from all the aspirant members of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA), who was granted the most prestigious APOA Deputy Spine Travelling Fellowship, 2009, in October 2009.
He received Best Paper award for the paper titled as “Floating Hip and Femur Nailing”, NAILSCON, 2006, at Coimbatore, April 2006.
He was also the recipient of National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Scholarship conferred by NCERT in 1993.
He is associated with teaching and is the National faculty of AO Spine and the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) and participates in spine training programs in the country.
He is a member of National Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Parthasarathy is the author of invited review articles on Spine Trauma for the Indian Spine Journal as well as chapters in the ASSI monograms (a series of concise textbooks for the practicing spine surgeon).
Which are the best hospitals and doctors for spine surgery in India?
Most of the spine surgery hospitals in Chennai have advanced technology and the latest equipment to perform the surgery through a lesser invasive approach. These are known as minimally invasive surgeries which involve smaller incisions leading to faster healing. Some top spine surgery hospitals in Chennai are:
Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road
Fortis Malar Hospital
Shri Ramachandra Medical center
Some top spine surgeons in Chennai are listed below:
Dr. Navaladi Shankar
Dr. Sajan K Hegde
Dr. S. Karunakaran
Dr. Ravi V
Dr. Barani Rathinavelu
What is a minimally invasive spine surgery?
Traditionally, the spine surgeries are carried out as open surgeries involving long incisions to allow the surgeon to have better access to the anatomical structures. However, in recent years the minimally invasive techniques have been used, in smaller incisions are made and lesser invasion to the surrounding areas. This technique helps in smoother and faster recovery after the surgery. The doctor has to examine the patient’s condition to decide if he/she can have minimally invasive surgery.
Can smoking cause spine disorders?
Absolutely yes. Smoking causes shrinkage of blood vessels throughout the body. Since the spinal disc already has meager blood supply as compared to the rest of the body. Smoking accelerates the process of the degenerative process by reducing the amount of blood and oxygen to the tissues. Also, smoking increases the pain perception for those who undergo any treatment. The increased pain perception may cause elevated use of narcotics to control pain and thus resistance to the non-surgical treatment options. Not only this, but the overall success rate of the surgery is also much lesser in smokers than that in non-smokers.
Why is Chennai a preferred place of choice for spine surgeries?
Chennai attracts nearly 45% of the international medical tourists arriving in India. About 30-40 % are domestic patients. Chennai is also known as the health capital of India. It has numerous multi-specialty and super specialty hospitals that cater to approximately 150 international patients per day. The healthcare facilities in Chennai are facilitated both by the government and the private hospitals. The most important reason for such a huge contribution to the healthcare sector is the highly skilled doctors who work with extreme precision. Other factors include low costs, minimal waiting period and advancement in the infrastructure provided at the hospital.
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