​Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences—Kochi, India

Address:
Department of Neurosurgery
Ponnakara PO,
Kochi, 686016
India

Contact: 
Tel: +91 484 400 1234 
Fax: +91 484 280 2020 
Email
Website

Spine Center Director:
Sajesh Menon

Team members:
Dr Jim Vellara
Dr Anoop Thomas


Center description

Amrita Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) brings together a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide the highest standards of medical treatment. Our full range of primary and specialty care medical services enable cross-specialty consultation, which assures outstanding treatment for each patient. The extensive infrastructure offers facilities comprising 25 modern operating theatres, 210 equipped intensive-care beds, a fully computerized and networked Hospital Information System (HIS), a fully digital radiology department, NABL accredited clinical laboratories and 24/7 telemedicine service. Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is the adjunct to the term "new universalism" coined by the World Health Organization. This massive healthcare infrastructure with over 3,330,000 sq.ft. of built-up area spread over 125 acres of land, supports a daily patient volume of about 3,000 outpatients with 95 percent inpatient occupancy. Annual patient turnover touches an incredible figure of over 779,055 outpatients and nearly 47,577 inpatients. AIMS offers a total and comprehensive health solution comparable to the best hospitals in the world. AIMS team comprises physicians, surgeons and other healthcare professionals of the highest caliber and experience. AIMS features one of the most advanced hospital computer networks in India. The network supports more than 2,000 computers and has computerized nearly every aspect of patient care including all patient information, lab testing and radiological imaging.

Most frequent pathologies

Lumbar and cervical disc degeneration, deformities, tumors
 

Most frequent surgical procedures

MISS discectomy with or without fusion, deformity correction, tumor surgery

Number of cases
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Approximately 550 procedures performed per year 

• Cervical deformity
Adult cervical reconstruction 
Basilar invagination reconstruction 
Paediatric cervical reconstruction

• Cervical trauma
Cervical stabilisation

• Cervical tumor     
Cervical tumor surgery 
Craniocervical tumor surgery 
Intraspinal tumor surgery

• Chronic pain
Intrathecal pump placement

• Degenerative cervical spine
Cervical stabilisation 
Laminoplasty 
Microsurgical disc surgery 
Posterior foraminotomy  
Total disc replacement

• Degenerative lumbar spine   
ALIF
Microsurgical disc surgery 
Microsurgical spinal stenosis  
Open stabilisation
PLIF 
TLIF
Total disc replacement

• Dysraphic conditions
Chiari malformation surgery 
Diastematomyelia surgery 
Filum terminal sectioning 
Myelomenigocele repair

• Osteoporotic spine
Vertebroplasty

• Rheumatoid cervical spine
C1/C2 stabilisation 
Craniocervical stabilisation
Transoral decompression

• Sacral tumor 
Sacrectomy

• Special procedures
Cervical laminoplasty
Cervical pedicle screw procedures  
Congenital deformities 
En-bloc spondylectomies 
High grade spondylolisthesis / spondyloptosis  
Navigation procedures (CT-based, Fluoro-, ISO-C)  
Neuromonitoring 
Sacroiliac joint fusion

• Spinal cord injury 
Intrathecal pump placement

• Thoracic & lumbar trauma 
Anterior thoracic and lumbar reconstruction 
Paediatric spine trauma 
Thoracic & lumbar stabilisation

• Thoracic & lumbar tumor 
Anterior thoracic and lumbar reconstruction  
En-bloc spondylectomy
Intraspinal tumor surgery  
Thoracic & lumbar stabilisation
Vertebroplasty

• Thoracolumbar deformity 
Congenital deformities 
Kyphotic deformities 
Scoliotic deformities
Spondylolisthesis  
Spondyloptosis

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Types of fellowships

  • National fellowship
  • Regional and international fellowship
  • Short-term fellowships (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • Long-term fellowships (6 to 12 months)
  • Fellow can scrub-in and assist scrubbed in
Average number of surgeries per week in the OR for the fellow: 15 – 20
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