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Gleneagles Global Health City Achieves Milestone of 578 Successful Endoscopic Spine Surgeries

~ The Centre of Excellence for Endoscopic Spine Surgery at Gleneagles Global Health City achieved the rare feat since its launch in 2015 ~


Chennai, 30th August 2023: Gleneagles Global Health City, a leading multi-Speciality centre in Chennai, announced the successful completion of over 500 Endoscopic Spine Surgeries in a span of eight years. The Institute of Advanced Spine Sciences at the hospital has performed 578 cases of endoscopic lumbar spine surgeries for over the past eight years. About one-third of them were Transforaminal discectomies performed under local anesthesia and the remaining were performed by Interlaminar approach under general anesthesia. Out of the 578, almost 300 were performed in the past three years.

Actor Naveen Chandra participated in the celebrations to mark the successful achievement of the milestone with the patients who had undergone successful endoscopic spine surgeries and their families. The participants talked about how their lives had changed for the better after the surgery.

Speaking on the Occasion Mr Natarajan one of the recipients of this groundbreaking procedure, shared his experience, “I had been suffering from morbid obesity weighing 142 kgs, with BMI of 44kg/sqm had obstructive sleep apnoea and had a L3-4 disc prolapse with severe radiating pain in both legs, as per doctors report the condition would likely to cause paralysis in both lower limbs if it worsened some more. I approached the Spine Department at Gleneagles Global Health City for the treatment, Thanks to hospital for performing endoscopic spine surgery at right time as I was able to return to my daily activities within a remarkably short period. I’m incredibly grateful to the skilled medical team.”

The age group of patients who underwent endoscopic lumbar spine surgery ranged from 17 years to 80 years, however most of them were in the age group of 40 – 60 years. There were no cases of major complications such as paralysis. The success rate of the endoscopic spine surgery is 98%. There were about 1% of patients who developed a recurrent disc prolapse at the same level. There were another 1% who developed infection (most having diseases causing lower immunity). They recovered well after appropriate treatment for the recurrence/infection.

“This significant milestone underscores the hospital’s commitment to excellence in medical care, cutting-edge technology, and the relentless pursuit of innovation in the field of spinal health, said Dr Alok Khullar, CEO, Gleneagles Global Health City. Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to treat various spinal conditions through small incisions, reducing patient discomfort, minimizing scarring, and accelerating recovery times. With this accomplishment, Gleneagles Global Health City cements its position as a pioneer in providing advanced spinal care and underscores its dedication to improving the quality of life for patients “added Dr Alok Khullar

Dr. Phani Kiran, Senior Consultant – Spine Surgeon, Gleneagles Global Health City, the driving force behind this achievement, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Reaching the milestone of over 500 successful endoscopic spine surgeries is a testament to the collaborative efforts of our highly skilled medical team and our commitment to pushing the boundaries of medical possibilities. We have transformed the lives of hundreds of patients by enabling them to regain mobility, reduce pain, and enjoy a better quality of life.”

The hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities and a multidisciplinary team of specialists have played a crucial role in achieving this milestone. The cutting-edge technology employed at Gleneagles Global Health City allows surgeons to perform intricate procedures with unparalleled precision, ensuring optimal patient outcomes, said Dr Phani Kiran.

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