Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s largest and most trusted multi-specialty chain of hospitals, today
announced the launch of Apollo Institute of Spine Surgery, the most advanced spine surgery centre in
South Asia. The institute was launched by Hon. Health Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr. C. Vijayabaskar in the
presence of Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group and Dr. Mrs. Preetha Reddy, Vice
Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Group.
The Apollo Institute of Spine Surgery offers specialized spine service that can offer 360 degree care from
the most advanced robotics system called the “Exelsius GPS Spine Surgery Robot” for complex spine
surgeries. This advancement reduces instances of infections, implant inaccuracies, revision surgeries,
radiation exposures, and patient’s length of stay at the facility.
Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “Apollo Hospitals Group have a unique
track record of pioneering complex spine surgery procedures in South Asia. The first artificial lumbar disc
replacement, first use of shape memory alloy, first to do Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery using Mazor
robotics about 6 years back, robotic rehab with Hocoma units and today the Apollo Spine Unit is
equipped with the most advanced 3rd Generation Spine Robot to perform extremely complex and
challenging spine surgeries with extreme safety and precision.”
He also added, “The clinical team well supported by neuro physicians, rheumatologists, neurosurgeons
and specialized physiotherapy and rehab team will have unmatched clinical bandwidth not only in Afro-
Asian region but will match the outcomes of the best centres in the western world.”
On the momentum, three patients with complex spine issues will be undergoing robotic procedures at
Apollo Hospitals using the newly introduced “Exelsius GPS Spine Surgery Robot”, which includes 31 year
old Raghavan (Name Changed) for complex cervical deformity will be undergoing robotic cervical
instrumentation with deformity correction and a 75 year old lady with degenerative lumbar canal
stenosis, to be operated with single position lateral with decompression and robotic stabilization also for
the first time in India and also a 16 year old girl with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis lenke to be operated
with novel motion preservation, non-fusion anterior scoliosis correction.
Speaking at the event Dr. Sajan Hegde, Chief Spine Surgeon, Apollo Institute of Spine Surgery (Centre
for Robotic & Complex Spine Surgery), said “Patients who have been affected with neck or spine
conditions will immensely benefit from this advanced technology. This will allow the surgeon to perform
less invasive surgical procedures with smaller incisions and less operative bleeding, helping in fast
This event includes live surgical demonstration of three complex spinal disorders with the use of the
Exelsius GPS Robot to demonstrate the advantages of robotic spine surgery over regular spine
The surgical demonstration also includes the treatment of spinal deformity using fusion less scoliosis
correction. This concept of treating spinal deformity will be a game changer in the future. Three
renowned spine surgeons Dr. Per Trobisch (Germany), Dr. Peter Douglas Klassen (Germany), Dr.
John Choi (Australia) are participating in the program. All these surgeries are being performed for the
first time in India. Over forty spine surgeons from across the world are participating in the program.