Apollo Hospitals Performs Fusion-less Scoliosis Surgery on a US Citizen
Chennai: Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s largest and most trusted multi-specialty chain of hospitals, has performed yet another break-through surgery that transformed a women’s life. Dr. Sajan K Hegde and team successfully completed a fusion-less scoliosis surgery on a women from the United States of America who was affected by idiopathic Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine.
Ms. Daniel Fry, was suffering with this condition since 30 years, she was experiencing pain over the past two years and there was an increase in the deformity gradually. She was unable to carry on her day-to-day activities due to Idiopathic Scoliosis. This abnormal Scoliosis affects an estimated six to nine million people in the United States every year. Scoliosis can develop in infancy or early childhood. Females are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude than men.
Idiopathic scoliosis results in distortion of the rib cage, trunk and shoulders and severe scoliosis can also cause cardiopulmonary problems. Surgical treatment is often recommended for patients whose curves are greater than 35 degree while they are still at a growing stage. 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. As compared with the fusion surgery, fusion less scoliosis surgery aims to support spine growth and movement. The conventional treatment also diminishes growth in height as lengthening proceeds.
The young lady used to live very active and robust lifestyle, she would participate in marathon and decathlon but the pain from the severe progressive spinal deformity made it impossible to indulge her passion in sports. The deformity which was detected in her teenage years had progressed and she consulted several top spine surgeons in the us. They all suggested fusing her spine and fixing with rods. This would have restricted the mobility of her back and certainly stop her from ever running a marathon and indulging in her passion in sports.
A 42 year old US citizen from the state of Pennsylvania was looking at multiple surgical solutions to correct her posture and identified Apollo Spine unit would be able to relieve her from her prolonged suffering. She visited Apollo Hospitals Chennai on the 16th of April 2021.
Speaking about the revolutionary procedure, Dr. Sajan K Hegde, said, “Fusionless Scoliosis Surgery takes minimal time, less invasive, less expensive surgery that preserves motion and function in patients while lessening the chance of back pain later in life. This technique can now be used in idiopathic scoliosis where the deformity is corrected using a flexible cable. Here no fusion of the operated portion of spine is performed. These patients can return back to full normal activities faster and lead their life trouble free.”
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 and is returning to the US this week.
About Apollo Hospitals:
It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap C Reddy 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, 3800+ Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care clinics and 650 Diagnostic centers, 148 plus Telemedicine Centres, over 15 medical education centres and a 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 C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For 37 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Its hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in the country for advanced medical services.