Traditionally Neurosurgeons have been doing spine surgery, but mostly confined to cervical spine. However neurosurgeons have been extending their field to thoracic and lumbar spine in recent past.
Since Feb 2004,modern spine surgeries with instrumentation (Anterior and posterior) are being done at Kalinga hospital.
On an average, seven to ten spine surgeries are done at kalinga hospital, out of which three to five of them are with instrumentation. Lumbar spine discectomy is the most common spine surgery performed here. The others are anterior fusion in lumbar, lumbosacral, and thoracic spine for various conditions such as Tuberculosis, Tumours and Trauma etc. Instrumentation is done from back (pedicular screws, hooks and rods) and from front with titanium screws and rods/plates. Instrumentaions are restricted to Tumors/Trauma/Spondylolisthesis/Instability/Tuberculosis in selected cases. Radical anterior decompression, fusion with titanium cages with/without posterior instrumentation is done for tuberculosis either in single or in two stages. A single stage posterior instrumentation and interbody fusion (PLIF) is being done for all lumbar, lumbo sacral instability and spondylolisthesis. Total spondylectomy, instrumentation (Front & Back) for low-grade vertebral tumor has also being done in a single stage in Kalinga Hospital. In addition to routine spine work, scoliosis correction has also been done successfully at Kalinga Hospital. In near future we plan to do thoracoscopic (VATS) scoliosis correction, instrumentation, Vertebroplasty/Khyphoplasty and lumbar and cervical disc replacement.