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Spine Surgeon



Chennai, India

25 years of experience

About Dr. S. Karunakaran

  • Dr. S. Karunakaran is a well-known Spine Surgeon with an experience of 25 years.
  • He 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 stitches).
  • He is the first surgeon to use IN SPACE - interspinous implant for lumbar canal stenosis (key hole spine surgery local anesthesia).
  • He also initiated the 3D printed spinal implant and performed more than a thousand spine surgeries including scoliosis, cervical spine pathologies, thoracotomies, laparotomy, and 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 the 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.

Location Location

Chennai, India

Special Interest

Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy, Cervical Discectomy, Cervical spine pathologies, Revision Spine Surgery, 3D printed navigational Jig-based pedicle, Magnetic Expansion Control

List Of Treatments

  • Kyphosis (Hunchback) Treatment
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Cervical Corpectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy for Spine
  • Micro Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Anterior Cervical
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nucleoplasty
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Spinal Laminectomy
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Transoral Approach To Upper
  • Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Spine Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Endoscopic Micro Discectomy MED
  • Micro Lumbar Discectomy Mld
  • PLIF Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Reconstruction Of Traumatic Cervical
  • Spine With Vascular Fibular Graft
  • Spinal Disc Replacement
  • Spinal Endoscopic Surgery
  • Stabilization Of Traumatic Spine
  • Spine Tumour Surgery
  • Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Scoliosis Spine Surgery
  • Spine Decompression Surgery
  • Surgery for Spina Bifida
  • Comprehensive Myelopathy - Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
  • Spondylitis
  • Slip Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Disc Herniation
  • Prolapsed Disc
  • Spinal Cord Injury - Stem Cell Treatment

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Work Experience of Dr. S. Karunakaran

Associate Professor, Government General Hospital

Consultant, Meenakshi Mission Hospital

Junior Consultant, MIOT Hospitals

, Wellington Hospitals

Dr. S. Karunakaran's

  • MBBS, 1994, Rajah Muthiah Dental College Hospital, Annamalai University
  • MS, 2000, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai
  • DNB, 2001, Medical Council of India

1. Mohandas Weller Gold Medal and Fellowship Award at 10th Anniversary meets of the Indo German Orthopedic Foundation, India – Analysis of single level stabilization in grade 1 and grade 2 spondylolisthesis (SPINE), 2017 2. Best Publication award in Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association Journal (2010) for “Morphometric evaluation of the Cervical Spine Pedicle in our Population” 3. Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association Traveling Spine Fellowship award in 2006 4. ASSI (Association of spine surgeons of India) Traveling Spine Fellowship award in 2005

  • ‘Analysis of Lumbar Spine Stabilization and fusion in Grade I & II Listhesis’ published in IGOF Journal.
  • ‘Tuberculosis of Cervico-Dorsal Spine’ published in IGOF Journal.
  • ‘Bilateral Cervical Jumped Facets-operative Management by Dorsal Approach’ published in the Journal of Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association.

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More About Spine Surgeon

A spine surgeon deals with the diagnosis and management of spinal diseases and conditions such as scoliosis and degenerative disorders.

Chest X-rays, Electrocardiogram (ECG), CT, MRI, Electromyography, Myelogram etc.

The individual may experience Stiffness in the lower back area, restricting range of motion, Inability to maintain normal posture due to stiffness or pain, Muscle spasms either with activity or at rest, Pain that persists for a maximum of 10-14 days, and Notable loss of motor function such as the ability to tiptoe or heel walk.

Recovery period is approximately 3 to 4 months.

Risks are rare but serious which includes include heart attack, stroke, brain damage, or death.

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