A team of surgeons, led by Sajan K Hegde, has successfully performed a Minimally Invasive Double Curve Correction using the Non-Fusion Anterior Scoliosis Correction Technique on a 13-year old girl at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India.
Xavia, an adolescent form Australia was affected by adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, an abnormal sideward curvature of the spine.
This abnormal ‘S’ Shaped double curvature of the spine is usually seen in young girls aged 8 to 12 years that 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.
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.
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 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 centre in India.
In 1983, Dr Prathap Reddy launched India’s first corporate hospital Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.